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Retail Roundup: Dressbarn closing stores, arcade bar planned for Northwest Side

May 24, 2019

Here’s the rundown: Fashion retailer Dressbarn is shutting down, Lidl is “fully focused on the East Coast” for now, a hybrid bar-arcade-grill is headed to Northwest San Antonio and a biscuit restaurant is opening later this month.

Ascena Retail Group plans to wind down its Dressbarn brand, which includes about 650 stores. It “has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment,” said Dressbarn Chief Financial Officer Steven Taylor.

In a letter posted on Dressbarn’s website, Ascena CEO Gary Muto thanked shoppers for visiting for more than 50 years.

“It has been our pleasure to serve you, making it all the more difficult to let you know that the decision has been made to begin winding down the Dressbarn business,” Muto wrote. “This means that we will eventually be closing all of our stores.”

The brand’s stores, including locations in San Antonio and New Braunfels, remain open. It’s unclear when they will close.

Ascena also owns Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor and other brands.

KPG Hospitality plans to open its first Kung Fu Saloon in San Antonio. The bar and grill will feature vintage arcade games. The Austin company is also opening another restaurant next door called Camp 1604, which includes a beer garden.

Both spots will be located at the northeast corner of Interstate 10 and North Loop 1604 West and are expected to open by late spring 2020.

Stein Mart is adding Amazon Hub Lockers to nearly 200 of its stores. Amazon customers can use the lockers, which will be installed in June, to pick up and return their packages during store hours.

One Stein Mart store at 12651 Vance Jackson Road already has lockers. Another, at 999 East Basse Road, will be getting them soon, a spokesperson said.

Wellness cafe SunRayz Juice + Blenz opened recently at 9390 Huebner Road. The store sells cold press juices and shots, breakfast and lunch bowls, salads and other items.

Lidl announced this week it plans to open 25 stores by next spring, but none will be in San Antonio.

The Germany grocery chain bought land in San Antonio in 2017, and commercial real estate firm CBRE later announced Lidl planned to open a supermarket at the intersection of Alamo Ranch and Lone Star Parkways.

“At present, we are fully focused on the East Coast where we are expanding actively,” a spokesperson said in an email.

A new restaurant with a “pay what you can” menu opened recently, Staff Writer Chuck Blount reports.

Proceeds from Comfort Café, located at 5616 Bandera Road, benefit the SerenityStar Recovery center in Smithville. Comfort was founded in Smithville, and the new San Antonio restaurant is its second location.

A new biscuit spot is opening May 30 near the intersection of Huebner and Babcock roads, Blount notes.

Alamo Biscuit Co. is a new restaurant from chef Ceasar Zepeda that will serve biscuits with all sorts of toppings for breakfast and lunch.

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