The Marshalls store at Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore will close permanently Jan. 12, and the mall’s owner expects to announce a new tenant for the space in the coming months, officials said Thursday.
Signs announcing the closure were posted in the store as of Thursday, and a corporate spokesman confirmed the news in a statement.
“We are always assessing and reviewing our real estate strategies, and our decision to close this store reflects that thinking,” said Marshalls spokesman Andrew Mastrangelo. “We are grateful for the loyalty of our Baltimore customers, and believe they will continue to find great values at our nearby stores, including Marshalls locations at 600 E. Pratt St. and 6700 Reisterstown Road.”
Brookfield Properties Retail Group, which owns the mall, expects to announce a new tenant for the 21,000-square-foot space in early 2019, according to spokeswoman Lindsay Kahn. It’s unclear when the unnamed new tenant might open.
“We do have an announcement to make about what will fill that space, but we are not ready to make that announcement yet,” Kahn said.
Marshalls, which opened the location in March 2011, is the latest retailer to close at Mondawmin, following the closure of a Target store, another of the mall’s anchors, in February.
The roughly 45 employees who work at the Mondawmin Marshalls will be offered jobs at the other locations nearby, Mastrangelo said, and store-closing sales are expected in the coming weeks.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh bemoaned the store’s closure.
“I am very disappointed to learn that Marshalls will be leaving Mondawmin Mall,” she said in a statement. “As the retail landscape continues to evolve we will continue to search for ways to provide residents with quality retail options in Baltimore City.”
Ana Rodriguez looked through a display of large Christmas throw pillows on sale for half off Thursday afternoon.
The 28-year-old Charles Village woman hadn’t yet seen the signs about the store closure, which were posted near the checkout area. She was surprised to hear the store would operate only two more weeks.
“It’s the nearest convenient store,” she said. “I like it here. There are good sales. … I could find anything in here for a gift.”
A Shoppers grocery store and Ross Dress For Less are the two largest remaining tenants in the mall, along with more than 100 smaller retailers, fast-food restaurants and other businesses.
But without Target and Marshalls, Rodriguez said, Mondawmin loses much of its appeal as a destination for low-cost clothing and other affordable items.
“Just shoes,” she said, indicating the nearby Payless ShoeSource. “That’s all they got in there.”
Colle Taylor, 22, of West Baltimore said she had come to Marshalls to return a few items and was browsing with her nephew.
Having no Marshalls store at Mondawmin “is going to be different,” she said.
Taylor’s plan after Jan. 12? “Reroute, I guess,” she said.
Lou Davis, 72, grew up at Poplar Grove Street and Gwynns Falls Parkway nearby and remembers the mall being built in the 1950s. He has worked on and off cutting hair at Esquire and a few other salons in the mall for the past 27 years, he said.
While the Mondawmin Metro Station, a major transit hub for buses and the Metro Subway, will always provide a certain level of foot traffic, Davis said, he has noticed changes in the clientele since the 2015 unrest after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
“Some people who used to come don’t come anymore,” he said.
Davis looked through a clearance rack of plastic containers and other items Thursday afternoon. He doesn’t think there’s any lack of appetite for affordable department stores in the mall.
“I’ve got a house full of stuff from Marshalls,” Davis said. “Everything is a numbers game. It probably comes down to who’s making what.”