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TopShop to open first Washington area store — but it’s not where you think

A rendering of the planned Topshop store in Springfield, Va. The 5,000-square-foot location is expected to open fall 2014. (Courtesy of Topshop)

TopShop, the British fashion retailer, is coming to Washington.

But the international chain isn’t opening its first area store in CityCenter D.C., as has been widely speculated.

Instead, the company will open its first Washington area store in Springfield Town Center this fall, a spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

The 5,000-square-foot Topshop store is one of four new locations planned for the United States. The others will be located in Houston, Atlanta and New York’s Fifth Avenue, where the company plans to open its second-largest flaship store.

Springfield Town Center — formerly Springfield Mall, which in its heyday attracted luminaries like Princess Diana and Prince Charles — has been closed since late 2012 for hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations. Phase 1 of the decade-long project is slated to be completed in mid-2014.

The mall, which is anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney and Target, will eventually house a mix of apartments, retailers and office space, as well as a movie theater and 700-seat food court, according to Vornado Realty Trust, which owns the development in Fairfax County.

Abha Bhattarai is a business reporter for The Washington Post. She has previously written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the St. Petersburg Times.
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