Lakeforest Mall

November 6, 2019 | Ashley Peccerelli

Nothing Lasts Forever: Two More Impending Closures at Lakeforest Mall

Forever 21 and F.Y.E will be closing at Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg.   Forever 21 is expected to close 111 locations in the U.S. after filing for bankruptcy in September. The fast-fashion retailer released a revised list of possible store closings. The Lakeforest location is one of the few in Montgomery County that was planned to continue operating but […]

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October 11, 2019 | Joe Yasharoff

MoCo’s Most Famous: Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman

Jud Ashman is the affable mayor of the city of Gaithersburg. He has been a very busy man lately with a long list of big things like Montgomery County’s first ever Wawa and possibly first-ever Royal Farms. Ashman addresses those topics plus the future of Lakeforest Mall and discusses his pet project, the popular Gaithersburg […]

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September 4, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Sears at Lakeforest Mall to Close in December

The Sears at the Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg is closing in December. It’s among nearly 100 other Sears stores that will be closing by December. This news, first reported by USA Today, comes weeks after the company that owns Sears and Kmart confirmed that 26 other locations will close by October. Larry Costello, the PR […]

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August 12, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

New Lakeforest Owner Says ‘Moratorium’ Would Hurt Redevelopment Plans

The new owner of the Lakeforest mall property asked Gaithersburg officials not to impose an 18-month moratorium on development at the mall for fear it will “stifle our ability to finance” its plans. WRS Inc. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, wrote the city that it wants housing, a theater, restaurants and a grocery on the […]

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August 7, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Lakeforest Sale Happened ‘Unbeknownst to City,’ Gaithersburg Mayor Says

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman commented on the news that the “core of Lakeforest [Mall] was sold” has been sold to WRS Inc., a South Carolina retail shopping center developer. During an interview with MyMCMedia on Wednesday, Ashman said that Gaithersburg city officials were left in the dark about the recent sale to WRS Inc. Ashman […]

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August 5, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

First Wawa in Montgomery County to Open in Gaithersburg

The City of Gaithersburg will hold a public hearing Monday to discuss the plans to build a new Wawa across from Gaithersburg High School — off of South Frederick Avenue and MD Route 355. The hearing will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the council chamber of Gaithersburg City Hall. At tonight's @GburgMD Mayor & […]

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July 30, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Lakeforest Mall Sold to South Carolina Retail Developer

Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg has been sold to WRS Inc., a South Carolina retail shopping center developer, a Gaithersburg official said Tuesday morning. Assistant City Manager Tom Lonergan said WRS informed the city of the transfer of ownership. The troubled mall has faced high vacancy rates, low rents and disinvestments. In June 2018, it became […]

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July 16, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Penney’s Closing at Lakeforest Mall

The JC Penney department store at the Lakeforest mall has closed, laying off 113 employees, according to a Maryland website that tracks layoffs. The store is closing, according to a “Dislocation Alert Template,” supplied by the Maryland Department of Labor. The website says the store closed July 5, but the notice went out July 15. […]

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March 19, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Rita’s Celebrates Spring with Free Italian Ice Wednesday

Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard is celebrating the start of spring by offering free Italian Ice on Wednesday. The celebration is from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. The following Rita’s are in Montgomery County, and they’ll be participating in this event: Olney: 3233 Spartan Road Derwood: 7211 Muncaster Mill Road Silver Spring: 13621 Georgia Avenue Lakeforest Mall: 701 […]

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March 4, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

JC Penney and Starbucks at Lakeforest Mall to Close

Gaithersburg Mayor, Jud Ashman, gives MCM an update on the status of Lakeforest Mall. Officials say the JC Penney and Starbucks located there will be closing. Ashman says the decline at Lakeforest Mall is due to the evolution of malls and the increase in online shopping. Please watch the video for more details.

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