Arafina is leaving the Galleria after 14 years of business. A moving sale starts Tuesday, Oct. 21 with 20 percent off everything, including fall and holiday merchandise. The contemporary women's store—known for its dress assortment—will close in January. Owner Ann Ackman says a new location will be announced soon.
"I feel that it is in Arafina's best interest to be in a location where the hours of operation can be managed, and therefore not in a mall environment."
A handful of independent retailers have left Galleria since Hines Global REIT bought Galleria from longtime local owner Gabbert & Beck in 2012. Probably the most high profile was Three Rooms, which left Galleria last January after 30 years, and recently opened at 44th & France.
But other local stores seem to be thriving at Galleria, including Pumpz, which opened a larger, more luxurious new store this fall. The newest additions to Galleria have been national retailers, including David Yurman, Lululemon, and J. McLaughlin.
Ackman says she hopes to reopen Arafina in a new location by February. This actually won't be the first time she's moved her store. Ackman started with a store called Bellagio at 50th & France back in 1998. Shortly after moving to Galleria in 2000, the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas notified Ackman that she was infringing on their trademark, so the name was changed to Arafina—short for Ann Rutledge Ackman Fine Fashions.