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Women’s clothing store signs lease for space in new College Corner Building

Colonial Williamsburg is pleased to announce that Chico’s, an upscale women’s clothing and accessories store, has signed a lease for space in the future College Corner Building in Merchants Square. To date, retail spaces within the building total 33,000 square feet and will include: Binns (4,200 sq. ft.), Chico’s (2,975 sq. ft.), Talbot’s (8,500 sq. ft.), and one additional retailer (4,300 sq. ft.) yet to be determined. Approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of the new building will be used for offices, all adjacent to the 301-acre Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg, the nation’s largest living history museum.

“Our goal for Merchants Square is to create a long-term relationship with local and regional residents as well as with students and guests of Colonial Williams-burg,” said Edward S. “Ned” Dunn Jr., president of the Colonial Williamsburg Company. “We feel Chico’s will add yet another reason to visit downtown Williamsburg often.”
Chico’s opened its first store in 1983 on Sanibel Island, Fla., selling Mexican folk art and cotton sweaters.

Currently there are over 370 Chico’s stores nationwide that offer exclusive, private-label women’s casual clothing and related accessories.

“We are pleased to bring Chico’s to Williamsburg’s Merchants Square,” said Scott Edmonds, president and chief operations officer of Chico’s. “We believe that Colonial Williamsburg and Chico’s will be a good match.”

The new College Corner building, currently under construction, is scheduled to open for business in late 2003.

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