Barbour is an English company famous for making extremely English-looking jackets, like this:
GM hears they’ll be moving into the old Richey & Co. space at 3221 M St.
Camper, a Spanish shoe store, is supposedly going to move in right next door where Up Against the Wall used to be. GM’s never heard of this store, but they seem to offer stylish medium to higher-end products.
Finally, Madewell is moving in to the space currently housing
Adidas at 1251 Wisconsin AvePuma at 1237 Wisconsin Ave. Madewell is a new chain of women’s clothing stores opened by J. Crew offering a more casual and less preppy style than its parent.
Ever since he published his annual survey of the state of Georgetown stores, which found that about 10% of stores closed in Georgetown last year, GM has been asked what he thinks about the retail environment in Georgetown. While he acknowledges that it sure seems like it’s tough out there, he always cautioned that he didn’t have enough context to know whether we were seeing a real downturn or whether it was normal turnover, albeit a little concentrated. If these stores do in fact move it, it would seem to support the idea that we are seeing turnover not a steep downturn.