In 3 strikes, retailers are out of Short Pump

Weebsworld, left, and Capri Jewelers recently closed at Short Pump Crossing. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

Weebsworld, left, and Capri Jewelers recently closed at Short Pump Crossing. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

Three Short Pump retailers in the same shopping center – including one that filed bankruptcy – have closed their doors in recent weeks.

Weebsworld, a baby boutique at 11537 W. Broad St. in Short Pump Crossing, filed Jan. 3 for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and does not plan to reopen, its attorney said.

Roy Terry, an attorney with Sands Anderson who is representing Weebsworld in its bankruptcy case, said his clients loved what they were doing but found it harder and harder to compete with larger online retailers.

“They were sort of at a crossroads of expanding the business or taking an opportunity to do something different,” Terry said.

David R. Munzlinger is listed as Weebsworld’s president, and Sara C. Lane is listed as vice president, according to bankruptcy records.

According to Weebsworld’s website, it sold “hip gear for cool babies,” including strollers, clothing and accessories, and had been in business since 2008. A Jan. 1 posting on Weebsworld’s Facebook page indicated that the shop had closed, and it was vacant Monday. The shop’s telephone number has been disconnected.

The shop lists $25,905 in assets and $276,748 in liabilities, according to its initial filing.

Included in the debts are $62,057 in claims owed to the Virginia Department of Taxation for sales tax in 2008 and 2009.

The sign at Capri Jewelers.

The sign at Capri Jewelers.

Terry said the company has a plan to pay the back taxes and as much of the other debt as it can.

Nearby in the shopping center, Capri Jewelers closed its last remaining storefront at 11525 W. Broad St. around the first of the year.

A sign posted on the door said the shop is “now permanently closed.” This comes just six months after the company announced in May that it would close its Virginia Center Commons location. That followed the death of Capri Jewelers founder Christopher DeCapri in February.

No one from Capri could be reached for comment.

S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. broker Bob Butcher, who handles leasing for Short Pump Crossing, said that pet food retailer Ginger’s Eatz & Treatz also vacated the shopping center in December. It consolidated to its other location at 8931 Patterson Ave.

The churn of Short Pump retail has quickly taken care of the Weebsworld vacancy: The 1,500-square-foot storefront has already been leased, Butcher said, but he would not name the new occupant.

Capri’s 3,500 square feet and Ginger’s 2,500-square-foot storefront are still up for grabs.

BizSense reporter Michael Thompson contributed to this report.

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Jim Washok

Speaking of businesses in Short Pump, any idea what is being built in front of the mall next to Bar Louie?