âIt’s great,â said Nick Kalis, who manages the mall as part of the Kalis Development Corporation. âIn the past it was quite normal, but now commercial leasing is more of a challenge. “
Kalis said the In Style Pet Salon, a pet grooming location, is expected to open within the next 30 to 60 days. Commonwealth Restorations – a home design, renovation and construction company – is expected to open in 60 to 90 days, he said.
Kalis also pointed out that Commonwealth Restorations will not be closing its office at 2430 S. Kenmore Street, but that this second location will function more as a showroom and an opportunity to interface with the public.
Kalis said challenges in the retail industry have led to a greater focus on service-oriented tenants for shopping malls.
âThe bigger story here is that shopping centers face two challenges,â Kalis said. âA lot of people are building these big warehouse parks with fake retail because they’re not properly zoned for so many uses, but are competing with us for tenants. The second challenge is that every retailer in Arlington is looking more to find service-oriented tenantsâ¦ So you find more and more services. [and restaurants] in these shopping centers.
Other tenants at the mall include Smoking Kow BBQ, Jin’s Dry Cleaner, Williamsburg Deli, 7-Eleven, Deli Italiano, Two The Moon, Peking Pavilion, Zinga Frozen Yogurt, Tenley Nails, United Bank and the Williamsburg Barber Shop.