Pottery Barn Opening in Garden City Center Williams-Sonoma to Open New, Larger Store/ Ann Taylor, Others Arrive

Cranston, Rhode Island – Home furnishings/lifestyle retailer Pottery Barn is opening a new store in Garden City Center, as part of the first phase of a plan by The Wilder Companies to expand, reconfigure and redevelop the historic shopping center.  Pottery Barn will be the larger of two stores located in a new 20,000 square foot building, and is expected to open at Garden City Center in February 2013. The store will sell home furnishings, bedding, bath accessories, rugs, decorative accessories, window treatments and lighting.

The addition of Pottery Barn, next to Papa Razzi, begins an extension of the iconic Village that will eventually turn former large format retail space into a mix of mid-size and smaller specialty stores. Later phases include the addition of several new restaurant spaces and improved traffic and pedestrian links to the Whole Foods Market section of the center. Work is also currently underway to transform the iconic Garden City Center gazebo from the end-cap of the Village into the new focal point for the center.

“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.”

Pottery Barn was founded in 1949 in lower Manhattan and has stores across the United States. The company was founded on the idea that home furnishings should be exceptional in comfort, style and quality. The inspiration for Pottery Barn designs are drawn from time-honored models in America and around the world to create unique collections at an excellent value.

Williams Sonoma to Open New Store This Fall

In time for Thanksgiving 2012 Williams-Sonoma will open a newly expanded store in a new location at Garden City Center, diagonally across from its current store. The new 5,400 square foot store is approximately 40% larger than Williams Sonoma’s current space and will feature the company’s newest exterior design. The new long-term lease continues a 20 year presence at Garden City Center for the gourmet cookware and home furnishings retailer.

“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.”

Ann Taylor, European Wax And More Arrive at Garden City Center

 In late June 2012, Ann Taylor will be opening its second Rhode Island store at Garden City Center. The 4,700 square foot store will be located in the Village, to meet the needs of modern women’s busy lifestyles by providing a full range of career, casual and occasion offerings in one location. With its arrival at Garden City Center, Ann Taylor joins its sister store, LOFT, which features collections designed for the value conscious woman with a more relaxed lifestyle both at work and at home.

Also new to Garden City Center and Rhode Island is European Wax recognized by its guests as a premier waxing service provider. European Wax will be located in a 1,787 square foot store near Whole Foods Market and is anticipated to open in August 2012. Additionally Dansko Clogs by Alexander’s, Soma Intimates and Edible Arrangements recently opened stores in the Village.

About Garden City Center

Located on Route 2 in Cranston, Garden City Center has 500,000 square feet of retail and office space. It was one of the first centers of its kind in the country and generations have fond memories of GCC shopping excursions.  The center is currently home to 55 shops, services, and eateries including Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Loft, Mel and Me, White House/Black Market, Providence Diamond Company, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, Pinkberry, Williams-Sonoma, and Whole Foods Market.

About The Wilder Companies

Based in Boston, The Wilder Companies specializes in the merchandising and positioning of retail properties. The Company has over 40 years experience developing regional malls, specialty centers, urban properties and mixed-use developments throughout the country and Puerto Rico. In addition to its own investment partnerships Wilder provides property management and leasing services for institutions, owners and investors. The Company currently has a portfolio of 50 properties throughout the East Coast.

The Wilder Companies * 800 Boylston St, Suite 1300 * Boston, MA 02199 * 617-247-9200 * www.wilderco.com

Garden City Center * 100 Midway Rd, Suite 14 * Cranston, RI 02920 * 401-942-2800 * www.gardencitycenter.com

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