Anthropologie plans to open on Knox Street

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Anthropologie is the latest fashion brand to make its way to Knox Street as the mix of stores changes in what has been a shopping district dominated by interior design.

According to planning documents filed with the City of Dallas, the retailer plans to open at the corner of McKinney Avenue and Knox Street in a space that has been vacant for about a year.

The 10,095-square-foot building at 4,600 McKinney housed the Z Gallerie, which did not reopen last year after being temporarily closed by the pandemic.

A spokesperson for the building owner said no lease had been signed. The building is one of many owned by a partnership between Michael Dell’s family investment firm, MSD Capital, and Dallas-based real estate companies The Retail Connection and Trammell Crow Co.

The Knox District Partnership this week announced plans to construct three buildings on 4 acres along Travis Street south of Knox, comprising luxury residential apartments, a boutique hotel, retail, offices and green spaces. It is across from the new Weir’s Furniture store and a building with 12 stores that is nearing completion.

The new development alongside Travis will move one of the other clothing stores to Knox, Sid and Ann Mashburn. The Atlanta-based retailer has not said where or when it will move.

Other clothing retailers have moved to the area in recent years, including lululemon, Hari Mari, The Real Real, Velvet by Graham & Spencer, Planet Bardot, Stag Provisions for Men and Indochino.

Anthropologie, which sells casual clothing and accessories for women over the years, has expanded beyond clothing to embrace beauty, gifts, and home decor.

The retailer now has six stores in North Texas at Highland Park Village, NorthPark Center, The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, Watters Creek in Allen, Southlake Town Square and University Park Village in Fort Worth.

Anthropologie did not respond to a request for comment. It is not known if he will close any of his other stores. It is one of the national clothing chains recovering from the steep sales declines of 2020 when stores were closed by the pandemic.

The dining room at the rooftop restaurant of the RH Dallas gallery.  The third level includes a wine bar and an open patio area.

Highland Park Village Anthropologie store is 2 miles away. The Highland Park Village team was hired last year by the Knox Partnership which owns approximately 70% of the Knox District to help rent, market and manage the properties.

Anthropologie is owned by Urban Outfitters Inc., which also owns the Free People clothing chain, Menus & Venues restaurants, and Nuuly, a monthly womenswear rental business.

Anthropologie operates 208 stores in the United States, 11 in Canada and 22 in Europe. Its stores average around 8,000 square feet. The company said in its annual report that it plans to open 12 stores and close about nine this year due to the expiration of leases.

OKA is a UK home furnishings retailer that purchased Dallas-based Wisteria in 2018 and decided to shut down the business in January 2020.

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