will be home to Pottery Barn next year.
The retailer of home goods and furnishings will occupy a new building currently under construction at the popular Cranston shopping center and is slated to open around Feb. 2013.
“The arrival of Pottery Barn is a game changer for both our shoppers and for Garden City Center,” said Thomas V. Wilder, a principal of The Wilder Companies; management company of Garden City Center. “For us, Pottery Barn is a key element in our vision to extend the historic Village throughout Garden City Center. For consumers, we are enhancing our merchandise mix with one more of today’s most popular lifestyle retailers.”
The new building is adjacent to and is the keystone for additional future development in the northern half of the shopping center, which is scheduled for a dramatic makeover .
The transformation will convert the large retail spaces that once were home Burlington Coat Factory, Circuit City and Borders Bookstore into smaller spots with the same look and feel as the highly successful southern half of the shopping center.
Other changes on tap:
Williams-Sonoma will be moving into an expanded store diagonally across from its current store. The new store is 40 percent larger and will show off the company's new exterior design.
“Williams Sonoma has been a long-term important partner with Garden City Center, and one of the keys to our ongoing success,” said Maria Salvatore representing The Wilder Companies. “As sister stores, Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn are two of the nation’s most sought after retail tenants and we are thrilled that shoppers will have the opportunity to experience these two premier stores at Garden City Center. We believe the decision to locate Pottery Barn in Garden City Center is a strong testament to the success that Williams Sonoma has had with its small store format here over the last two decades.”
Later this year, Ann Taylor will be opening a 4,700 square foot store in the village. It will be joining its sister store, LOFT.
Also coming to the village will be European Wax, taking a 1,787 square-foot spot near .