Tysons, VA

Updated 3/17/2020 — Adds information from Federal Realty Investment Trust.

Tysons Cakes is no longer open along Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Station shopping center.

While Yelp says that the bakery is set to reopen on April 24, Emily Gagliardi with Federal Realty Investment Trust told Tysons Reporter that the bakery will not reopen.

Gagliardi said that the bakery’s closure at 7500 Leesburg Pike a few months ago was unrelated to the coronavirus.

“Orange Theory Fitness will be using this space for their pre-sales area, as they are under construction across the street, and we have a permanent deal pending on this space following that,” she said.

The bakery used to make colorful cakes and still has photos from last year of cakes with unicorns, “Sesame Street” characters and even a wedding cake with Pikachus on its Facebook page.

Image via Google Maps

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A|X Armani Exchange — the more affordable option for Giorgio Armani products — no longer has a store in Tysons Corner Center.

A reader alerted Tysons Reporter earlier today (Thursday) about a sign at the mall saying that the store is closed and urging customers to head to A|X Armani Exchange’s store in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (1100 South Hayes Street, Suite 501).

The store was located on the second level near Barnes and Noble.

An employee at the Pentagon City store said that the Tysons one closed two days ago. The employee wasn’t sure what prompted the closure.

“A|X appears to be repositioning its portfolio of stores within their organization,” a spokesperson for the mall told Tysons Corner Center.

Tysons Reporter has reached out to A|X Armani Exchange to find out more information about the closure.

While it’s unclear what will fill the A|X Armani Exchange space, several newcomers are expected in the mall later this year, including Australian brand Cotton On.

Photo courtesy (and hat tip to) Raymond Newby

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(Updated 1/29/2020) Several new stores and eateries plan to expand the offerings at Tysons Corner Center.

Cotton OnB8TATeriyaki Way and China Kitchen will all open within the following months, a mall spokesperson said. (Tysons Reporter previously reported that Cotton On and B8TA plan to open stores in the mall.)

The Australian brand Cotton On, which offers clothing and stationery brands, will be located across from Oakley and Abercrombie & Fitch, the press release said.

Meanwhile, B8TA will be located on level 1 by Kids Foot Locker and Abercrombie Kids, according to the press release, and allow shoppers to “try on the latest and innovative products out of the box from home, technology, to health-related and lifestyle focused items.”

China Kitchen will be located on level three in the food court, and Teriyaki Way will be next to California Pizza Kitchen.

Opening dates have not been announced yet for any of the upcoming locations.

Sunglass Hut, which already has a location in the mall near now-closed Lord and Taylor, will add a second location just a few steps away near Macy’s, according to a sign outside the location.

Renovations will be finished in March, the sign said.

A kiosk with mini doughnuts from Doughnuttery is coming to the mall’s second level near Barnes and Noble, according to the mall’s website.

Along with the upcoming openings, a few stores plan to say goodbye or have already closed.

With all of its stores closing nationwide, a store employee said Papyrus will likely stay open for a few more weeks at the mall.

Tradition d’Afrique has closed in BrandBox on the first level by Barnes and Noble. Brio, an Italian restaurant chain, recently closed its location near BrandBox.

American Tandoor was still closed yesterday (Monday). The Indian restaurant has signs saying it’s “temporarily closed until further notice.”

“The closings of Brio and American Tandoor are for different circumstances and has no correlation to the vitality of Tysons Corner Center,” a spokesperson for Tysons Corner Center told Tysons Reporter on Jan. 29.

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No more shucking oysters at Brine in the Mosaic District — the restaurant closed earlier this month.

“Unfortunately, Brine Restaurant is closing its doors,” according to a Facebook post on Jan. 15. According to another post, the restaurant served its last meal in early January.

Known for its oysters, the restaurant offered a raw bar, wood-fired grill and selection of Mid-Atlantic fare ranging from seafood to meat.

Travis Croxton, the co-owner of Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC, ran the restaurant, which featured oysters from the oyster farming company, according to the restaurant’s website.

The restaurant (2985 District Ave, Suite 120) was open for five years, the Facebook post said.

Image via Google Maps, photo via Brine/Facebook

Hat tip to Dalia P.

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Stationery company Papyrus is reportedly closing all of its stores nationwide — including the one at Tysons Corner Center.

An employee at the Tysons store told Tysons Reporter yesterday (Monday) that a closing date has not been determined yet. The current plan is to keep the store open until all of the inventory is sold, the employee said.

Shoppers can find the store on the second level near The Plaza entrance.

Retail Dive reported that the closures come on the heels of liquidation sales that are underway.

Photo via Papyrus/Facebook

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An almost-barren Lord and Taylor is closing this weekend at Tysons Corner Center.

The store was pretty empty when Tysons Reporter stopped by earlier today. It looked like about less than a quarter of the merchandise remained.

Sunday is the last day that the store plans to be open, according to an employee.

No word yet on how Tysons Corner Center plans to use the soon-to-be-vacant space.

Story reported by Ashley Hopko and written by Catherine Douglas Moran

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Several newcomers have arrived recently in Tysons Corner Center, while a few spots are now vacant.

Here’s an update on the latest store changes at the mall:

Now Open

Beeboy, a plush toy company, is now open in the former spot of candy store Sugarfina on the first level by Macy’s.

Alexandria-based Tradition de France debuted on the first level of the mall by Lord & Taylor and is the second location for the family-owned business.

Now Closed

Colombian Jeans Store has closed on the second level next to Blessed, according to the spokesperson. A new tenant is expected to be expected in a few weeks, the spokesperson said.

Dabke Lebanese Cuisine is no longer on the third level of the mall.

Coming Soon

B8TA, a retail-as-a-service company, is coming to the first level of the mall near Bloomingdales.

Rent the Runway will have a pop-up show starting on Thursday (Jan. 16) inside of the mall near parking Terrace E.

Permits indicate that Cotton On, an Australian retailer, is coming to the mall. No word yet on the exact location or expected opening date.

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Patrons have until the end of the month to go to the Massage Heights in Idylwood Plaza.

The location is closing Jan. 31 at 7505 Leesburg Pike, Suite M, an employee said.

The staff at the location will transfer to the Alexandria location (3642 King Street) in the Bradlee Shopping Center, the employee said.

Started in 2004 in Texas, Massage Heights is a family-owned business with more than 140 locations in the U.S. and Canada, according to the company’s website.

Image via Google Maps 

Hat tip to Gary H.

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Lord and Taylor is leaving Tysons Corner Center this month with a storewide sale.

Since the fall, everything in the store has been on sale with a 20-40% discount. Shoppers can clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and kids.

The store is still open as of today (Jan. 6), and an employee said that the store plans to close sometime in mid-January.

Let Tysons Reporter know if you have shopped at — or plan to visit — the store before it closes.

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Diners looking to eat Greek cuisine at the newly opened Archontiko in McLean will need to wait a month.

The restaurant is temporarily closed, according to a sign in the window.

“Due to remodeling and [the] hire of [a] new executive chef we will be closed until January the 29th,” the sign says. “We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope to see you all again soon with exclusive tasty Greek dishes and our vast variety of wines.”

After a year of delays, the restaurant opened in the former spot of Mediterranean restaurant Evo Bistro (1313 Old Chain Bridge Road) in the fall.

While Tysons Reporter isn’t sure when the sign first appeared, a tipster emailed us about the sign yesterday.

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