Trendy upscale clothing retailer J. Crew and Pendleton, a clothing and home decor store, will open in the next few months at the Promenade Shops at Briargate, filling all but two remaining available storefronts in the lifestyle center on the north end of Colorado Springs.

Construction is expected to start soon on the 5,500-square-foot storefront for J. Crew, next to the Pottery Barn in the Promenade Shops, 1885 Briargate Parkway. But no opening date has been set, said Deanna DeLarge, the center's general manager.

New York-based J. Crew Group Inc. operates seven stores elsewhere in Colorado and more than 300 others nationwide. According to Hoover's business information website, J. Crew "is known for its preppy fashions, including jeans, khakis, and other basic (but pricey) items sold to young professionals."

Pendleton is scheduled to open a 3,500-square-foot shop in early October next to Banana Republic. Best known for its woolen blankets and men's shirts, the Portland, Ore.-based chain - formally called Pendleton Woolen Mills - has expanded beyond woolen fabrics and into women's clothing and home decor. It operates 75 stores nationwide, including one in Fort Collins.

A third store, Brookstone, will open a 1,600-square-foot temporary location Oct. 25 adjacent to Starbucks, with eight employees. It's the fourth consecutive year the electronics and gadgets retailer has operated a seasonal location at the center.

Brookstone has more than 300 stores nationwide, including three year-round stores in Denver-area malls and one at Denver International Airport.

J. Crew's arrival is expected to come shortly after the hip Swedish clothing chain H&M opens its first Colorado Springs location in mid-November in Chapel Hills Mall, the city's largest shopping center, about 2 miles south of the Promenade Shops.

The three stores cut the Briargate center's vacancy rate by more than half, to 3.8 percent. Promenade Shops owner Poag & McEwen expects to announce another tenant within a month to fill a 7,000-square-foot storefront that will leave the center with just a single storefront vacant, DeLarge said.

GoLite, which sells lightweight outdoor gear, was the last addition to the 237,000-square-foot center, which opened in 2003 and also features an Apple store, Coldwater Creek, J.Jill, Williams-Sonoma, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Ted's Montana Grill.


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