J.Crew Factory outlet to open in Willow Lawn this summer

A J.Crew Factory outlet is slated to open at Willow Lawn Mall later this summer. (Photo by Jack Jacobs)

After coming out of bankruptcy, a national clothing retailer is considering trying Willow Lawn for size.

J.Crew Group is expected to open a J.Crew factory at the West End Mall in mid-August, according to a company spokesperson.

J.Crew Factory is the lower cost outlet arm of the men’s and women’s apparel business.

The store will occupy 5,380 square feet of space in Willow Lawn, although the company could not provide the exact number of the suite on Friday afternoon.

The store is expected to have 15 employees.

The new store marks the second time that J.Crew Group has turned to Richmond in the past year.

In May 2020, he came to the Richmond Federal Courthouse to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as did many retailers large and small who struggled due to the economic disruption caused by the pandemic. The company reorganized and came out of bankruptcy in September.

As of April 1, J.Crew Group operated 147 J.Crew Factory stores, 152 J.Crew stores and 143 Madewell stores in the United States.

The Willow Lawn location will be the first J.Crew Factory store in the Richmond area, according to the store’s website, which lists five stores in Virginia. There is a J.Crew store in downtown Short Pump.

This would be in addition to other recent and pending arrivals on Willow Lawn’s tenant list. King Crab Juicy Seafood restaurant is also gearing up to open in the mall, while IHOP and Michael’s both open there earlier this year.

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