Stony Point Fashion Park is losing yet another tenant, this time a national cookware retailer that’s gone into bankruptcy.
Sur La Table plans to close at Stony Point for good. It’s the Seattle-based chain’s only location in the Richmond region.
An assistant manager confirmed on Wednesday the store would permanently close, along with other stores throughout the country. The manager didn’t know the exact date the Stony Point location would shutter. She referred further questions to the company’s corporate headquarters.
The company announced Wednesday it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It intends to restructure and pursue a sale of the entire company, subject to court approval. In its Wednesday announcement, the company didn’t elaborate on its plans to close stores. The company seeks permission to continue to operate stores during bankruptcy proceedings.
Sur La Table’s public relations department didn’t respond to an inquiry Wednesday.
Sur La Table, which sells cookware, cutlery and other kitchen items, closed its Stony Point location and its other roughly 120 locations in response to the coronavirus pandemic in March, and in recent weeks has reopened stores. The Stony Point location is still currently open.
The Seattle Times reported in late June that Sur La Table had plans to lay off corporate employees and would close potentially five stores.
The privately held company has three other Virginia locations, according to its website, all in Northern Virginia.
Sur La Table’s pending departure is the latest blow to Stony Point, which has struggled to keep tenants, forcing a change in the mall’s ownership. Panera recently shut down its location at the mall. H&M also recently closed its 20,000-square-foot store at the mall less than three years after it opened.
In June, BizSense reported that national gym chain Life Time had ended consideration of the mall for a new location.
Starwood Retail Partners, which had owned the mall since 2014, lost ownership this year after it fell behind on loan payments. The mall now is operated by a special servicer, which manages troubled commercial mortgage-backed securities loans.