Best Buy Mobile, Francesca's Collections stores to open at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor
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Houston-based Francesca’s Collections signed a lease for a 947-square-foot space in the Von Maur wing of Briarwood. The boutique sells women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories and gifts.
After opening its first location in 1999, the boutique now has locations in 41 different states, according to its website. There are currently five locations in Michigan: Clinton Township, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Novi and Rochester.
Clary Groen, Francesca’s vice president of real estate and construction, called Ann Arbor a “dynamic market” and said the company is excited to open in the Briarwood location.
In addition to Francesca’s, a Best Buy Mobile store signed a lease to open a 1,456-square-foot store in the JCPenney wing of the mall in the former Trade Secret space, which closed in October after the chain’s bankruptcy filing.
Minnesota-based Best Buy launched the mobile store concept in 2007 and now has about 260 locations nationwide. The mobile stores are much smaller than the company’s big-box stores and act as a full-service wireless retailer, carrying the same mobile products as the larger stores.
Francesca’s Collections plans to open in July and Best Buy Mobile hopes to be open by June, according to a release.
Other more recent additions to Briarwood: Ann Taylor LOFT opened, White House Black Market took over the former BabyGap location and Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop opened its first Michigan location in fall 2011.