You’ve no doubt heard that City Sports at Pike & Rose is closing its doors. I feel it must be said that this is no indication of the vitality of the Pike District, the White Flint Sector Plan, or even Pike & Rose. City Sports is closing eight of its stores, including their Silver Spring store and Pike District store, because it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
“We understand that City Sports will be closing their store at Pike & Rose as part of a restructuring of the entire chain,” read Federal Realty’s statement. “We’re confident we will replace City Sports with a great retailer or restaurant that will be additive to the Pike & Rose neighborhood.” (Actually, I’ve heard rumors that Federal Realty will soon be making an announcement about the City Sports space at Pike & Rose.)
Okay, I acknowledge that Friends of White Flint acts as a cheerleader as well as an advocate for the Pike District/White Flint area, so some may greet this post with a bit of skepticism. But from what I and many others see and hear, the Pike District remains quite vibrant, and we will continue our work to create a walkable, transit-oriented neighborhood full of useful stores, great restaurants, and public spaces.