Mayor Pugh’s ‘2 Chic Boutique’ Closes in Pigtown

| April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Consignment shop 2 Chic Boutique has closed at 761 Washington Blvd. on Pigtown Main Street. The boutique, which opened more than seven years, was owned by Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore City Comptroller Joan Pratt, and Baltimore City Director of External Relations Afra Vance-White.

Building owner Marc Smith of Magnum Construction Inc. told that 2 Chic Boutique signed a five-year lease when it opened and has been on a month-to-month lease the last couple of years. 2 Chic Boutique is not renewing its lease and the space will become available again next month. The space is 750 sq. ft. and leases for $16/ft. or $1,000/month.

Smith said it is a turn-key space for a boutique or retail business. He said a restaurant could open in the space if someone was willing to invest the money.

From The Baltimore Sun regarding the 2 Chic Boutique closure:

Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, who owns a share in the boutique, said Monday the shop had closed in December 2018 and that no sales had been made in 2019. That contrasts with what Pratt said earlier this month — that the store was open by appointment only.

Pratt did not offer a reason for the closure.

The shop, which specialized in high-end secondhand clothing, was selling promotional gift certificates through Groupon and Living Social as recently as April 3. The promotion was pulled from both sites after inquiries from The Baltimore Sun.

“When the space becomes available, we look forward to adding another business to our blossoming commercial corridor,” said Pigtown Main Street Interim Executive Director Kim Lane. “Any interested businesses should contact us to discuss their endeavor and opportunities along Washington Blvd. ”

Smith owns eight retail spaces and approximately 20 apartments in Pigtown. He said they are all leased at this time until 2 Chic Boutique become available next month. He is currently converting a 2,030 sq. ft. warehouse at 913 W. Barre St. into a retail space for a tenant.

Magnum Construction was also recently the contractor on the conversion of 919 W. Barre St. into a commercial/retail and residential building. Magnum Construction is also the leasing team for the building. It has two apartments on the second floor and a 1,200 sq. ft. retail/commercial space on the first floor. The first-floor space is still available, but Smith said there has been a lot of interest.

Warehouse at 913 W. Barre St. being converted to retail

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