If you ever had a favorite business or store in the , odds are it has closed and/or moved elsewhere.
With the exception of a handful of shops and restaurants with M Street entrances like and , the mall at 3222 M Street is is closed as a renovation goes into full swing. Members of the , located on an upper interior level of the mall structure, can still access the gym from a private entrance.
Even as the mall undergoes extensive interior demolition, its owners are keeping mum about future tenants.
"We are in advanced discussion with a number of retailers. My hope is in the near future we’ll make some announcements," said Scott Nelson, a representative for the mall's developers at the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting Tuesday.
The parking garage's east entrance will close to the public on or about Sept. 10. Tenants of the Georgetown Park condos will have their parking spaces moved to the western end of the garage, which is undergoing a $7 million renovation.
Nelson said the developers, Vornado Realty Trust, hope to be "substantially complete with construction" within the next 10 months to a year.
In August, mall owners gave hard hat construction tour of the project to the Georgetown Business Improvement District and Councilman Vincent Orange, among others.
"Where once sat 130 stores, there will now be 15, she said. The largest one of them will take up 45,000 square feet, making it the largest retail space for Georgetown; another will be 31,000 square feet. Some will have multiple levels; all will have an entrance from the street, whether it is from M Street, Wisconsin Avenue or the remaining entrance next to Dean & Deluca. There will be no mall-like corridors for the public."
In July, rumored potential tenants included Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, T.J. Maxx and Michaels, according to The Washington Post.