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January 7th, 2013At Pentagon City Mall, a Shift Toward Higher-end Brands

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by Abha Bhattarai

Arlington, VA - The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, long a teenage hangout populated with stores such as Forever 21 and Finish Line, is growing up.

As the economy improves and consumer spending rebounds, the Arlington mall is shifting its focus toward attracting higher-end brands such as Tumi.­­

It seems to be working.

Last year, a dozen new retailers, including Kate Spade, Bose and Oakley opened shops at the mall. Coach picked the Fashion Centre as the site of its first store to carry both men’s and women’s lines. Even the food court, which is filled with fast-food staples such as Popeyes and Taco Bell, got a boost when Chipotle opened there last year.

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