It must be January. Here come the store closures.
Pendleton is closing its Galleria store after more than 20 years at the Edina shopping center. Pendleton’s lease runs until 2017, but Galleria has agreed to let the company out early, Galleria General Manager Jerry Cohen confirmed on Monday. The store will close at the end of January. A liquidation sale starts today with 20 to 40 percent off most merchandise and 10 percent of the iconic Pendleton blankets, which rarely go on sale.
Personally, I thought Pendleton missed an opportunity to upgrade its image, and modernize its store when heritage brands became so hot over the last several years. Pendleton is the real deal—a 150-year-old family company that still weaves blankets in its Pacific Northwest mills. Millennials and fashion hipsters of all ages eat that up….but not in a cramped, carpeted store setting. Wood floors, spare merchandising and new lighting would have done wonders. Ah, bygones. Pendleton opened Twin Cities Premium Outlets when the Eagan center opened last year, and one wonders if the company, which I’ve yet to reach for comment, might not feel the same commitment to its presence at an upscale shopping center, especially with a rent increase likely. Galleria’s Cohen says there is already interest in the space.
Guild Collective. We’ve known this one was coming, but it’s still a bummer. There are plans to tear down the building this fantastic independent collaborative occupies on Excelsior Boulevard. The vintage dealers, artisans and retailers that run it says they’ve yet to find another location. The store is closed this week and will reopen Saturday, Jan. 9 with a storewide sale: 20 to 80 percent off furniture, lamps, rugs, art work, jewelry, clothing, gifts, props, fixtures and more. 4414 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park
Also see post about Jonathan Alder store closing in Uptown.