The Short Pump location of high-end sweets brand Godiva Chocolatier has gone dark.
The Belgian company closed its store on the ground level of Short Pump Town Center in recent weeks as it ends brick-and-mortar operations in the United States.
The company announced in January it would close or sell all 128 of its North America stores by the end of March due to the drop in foot traffic during the pandemic, though Godiva stores in the Middle East, China and Europe would continue to operate, CNN reported. Godiva’s website currently lists 35 stores in the United States that are still open.
There’s still an outside chance the storefront could reopen as a chocolate shop. In February, Swiss company Läderach Chocolatier Suisse announced it had assumed control of the leases for 34 unidentified Godiva stores in the U.S.
Läderach plans to reopen those stores under its own flag. While the company has not said where those stores are located, a spokesman said in an email that they will be announced later this year.
Godiva is at least the third national brand to leave Short Pump Town Center over the last year. Anchor tenant Nordstrom closed its 120,000-square-foot store last summer. Home furnishings brand Arhaus also left in favor of a new store just outside the mall in a building it shares with The Container Store.
Henrico County recently finished a charrette that explored what the mall’s future could look like.