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Kitty's Hallmark, Dutch Square: Feb 2010   6 comments

Posted at 12:46 am in stores

I believe this Hallmark store in Dutch Square occupied the same space as Browz-A-Bit.

I used to go into Browz-A-Bit all the time, but I can only specifically recall going into Kitty's once. As you may have gathered if you have read a lot of these posting, I'm a big fan of The Beach Boys, and for reasons which probably only make sense to them, they released a CD of live recordings and member solo tracks, Songs From Here and Back exclusively through Hallmark stores a few years back, and I picked up my copy (it's reallly pretty good) at Kitty's.

This story from The State says that sales at the Dutch Square location had declined from a million dollars a year to two hundred and fifty thousand, a decrease of 75%! Given that, I can see how closing the store made sense. Obviously this is bad for the struggling mall though. It's recently lost two national brands with this and Chick-Fil-A closing. On the plus side, it has gotten two new local restaurants, though the re-opening of the D'Avino's space as another pizzeria probably really only counts as restoring the status-quo from a mall point of view.

Written by ted on March 6th, 2010

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  1. I sense another Columbia place mall happening. Do they allow check cashing places and liquor stores in malls?

    Any chance the owners are hoping all the tenants will get out so they can redo everything?

    michael

    6 Mar 10 at 11:20 pm

  2. All Malls are a 70's thing...a thing of the past and they have all outlived their usefulness. DS looks better than it did when it was new..but the crowds are long gone. I hear it's a hang out for gangs and other trouble makers. I say tear it down before it becomes worse than it is.

    Del

    7 Mar 10 at 1:36 am

  3. I thought this store was originally "A world of gifts"... not sure though.

    Del

    7 Mar 10 at 1:38 am

  4. well, folks, according to this article in The State, Kitty's Hallmark will be leaving Trenholm Plaza due to a doubling in the rent

    Andrew

    17 Feb 12 at 9:55 pm

  5. Kitty's has been there a long time. They must have locked in at a great lease rate for the current numbers to double. I can't understand the center's management letting them slip away unless they were consistently in arrears.
    Andrew, do you know what the lease rates are per sq. footage in Trenholm plaza?

    Terry

    18 Feb 12 at 7:34 am

  6. I don't know specifically about Trenholm Plaza but I saw a report several years ago from Colliers Keenan that indicates that Forest Acres tends to have higher lease rates compared to other sections of town due to the following: 1) high occupancy rate, 2) strong residential base, 3) little available land

    Andrew

    18 Feb 12 at 1:49 pm

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