Friday, October 12, 2012

Ten Thousand Villages searching for new Charlotte store

Ten Thousand Villages, the fair trade crafts retailer that recently closed in Cotswold, is search for a new Charlotte location, company officials say.

Retail sales manager Dave McClintock said poor sales and vacant storefronts in the Cotswold Village shopping center led to that store's closure. "Bottom line, we were just not getting the sales needed to keep open," said McClintock, via email.

The Rack Room shoes location had been vacant for about a year, and two nearby restaurants recently closed. The store's lease was up in February 2013, McClintock said, and they decided to try to move the store rather than renew.

"Originally, we hoped to find another space this Fall but were not successful," McClintock wrote. He said the retailer, which sells goods produced by local artisans around the world, hopes to open another Charlotte store in 2013.

Note: In my first post about this store, I reported that Ten Thousand Villages wasn't seeking to open another Charlotte store. That was what a store employee had told me, and a call to Ten Thousand Village's PR team seeking clarification wasn't returned. I'm sorry about the mistake.

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