Why Are Stores Closing On Walnut – Now it’s Under Armour, SIPS Spots

Why Are Stores Closing On Walnut – Now it’s Under Armour, SIPS Spots
(A reader asked me this on Monday)

Under Armour at 1529 Walnut has packed up and seemingly left in the middle of the night. My friend Mark Moyer bought something on Saturday, then went to return it on Sunday 

and they were gone; stripped all the signage and put black draping in mourning I guess, across the windows. The reason he was returning the item was he found it cheaper on the Under Armour website, and was returning it for an adjustment in the store and found it closed.

Michael Kors has also shuttered, a reader saw them moving out on Tuesday. They join other Walnut Street chains – Jack Willis, Guess (which will now house a boxing studio) and Diesel. Retail is suffering all over the country, even in NYC. Rents went too high, and people have found it’s more convenient to buy from the chains online. Hopefully rents will adjust, and Rittenhouse Row will return to it’s glory.

Also leaving town, Francesca Ruscio, to find fame and fortune in LA. Good luck girl.

SIPS is today. Last week, while attending the new Cambria Hotel opening party (Sneak Preview), I snapped this beauty of the Kimmel Center’s mezzanine level balcony packed with people sipping.
Another fun stop, is Cafe Cret along the Parkway. This week their helping kick of the Wawa Welcome America festivities, and giving you a chance to win VIP tickets to see Pitbull on July 4th.
Check out my pictures on CBSPhilly of the Wawa Welcome America Sand Sculpture at the Shops of Liberty Place

Another fun spot is Scarpetta on Rittenhouse Square. Happy Hour begins at 4PM, with DJ Eddie Tully spinning, specialty prices and delicious food for you to enjoy. Check out their $6 happy hour items 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Ralph’s Italian Restaurant is now going to have a Grab & Go shop two doors down from their fabulous restaurant. Now you can enjoy their delicious food at home, anytime. Ask for Taylor Swift’s favorite dish.
See you tomorrow, I’m going to have the Best Dressed from the Young Friends at the Rittenhouse Square Ball from Friday night.