Gaithersburg Square Update: Openings, Closings, and Coming Soon (November 2023)

Below is a list of businesses that have recently opened, closed, or are coming soon to the Gaithersburg Square shopping center:

Now Open: Carter’s
Children’s clothing chain Carter’s has reopened in its previous Gaithersburg Square location at 520 N. Frederick Ave. The store closed in July 2021 and was replaced by Charik African Fashion in March 2022. Charik recently relocated two doors down to the former T-Mobile location at 530 N. Frederick Ave. Charik is a family-owned African fashion store that sells shoes, clothing, and accessories and previously had a location inside of Lakeforest Mall. Signage at Carter’s is currently promoting Black Friday deals.
About: Carter’s is the leading brand of baby & kids clothing in the United States. Our designs are based on a heritage of quality and innovation that has earned us the trust of generations. Little Baby Basics, the original bodysuit and America’s Favorite Jammies are just a few of the iconic products parents count on to make their lives easier.  And with sizes and styles to fit babies, toddlers and kids – thanks to our newly expanded Carter’s KID™collection – Carter’s delivers quality clothing to handle everything from that first night at home to first days at school.”

Closed: Kogi Asian Grill
Kogi Asian Grill, a fast-casual restaurant that opened in August 2021, closed its location at 560 N Frederick Ave over the summer. Kogi featured “classic Korean BBQ meats like bulgogi, options such as sesame chicken and chicken katsu curry with assorted veggies all served in a bowl you can customize.”

Coming Soon: DMV Empanadas
DMV Empanadas, a regular at local farmer’s markets, opened a brick and mortar location in Olde Towne Gaithersburg back in 2019. Now, the restaurant has plans to move to a new location just a couple miles away. A representative from DMV Empanadas let us know today that the restaurant will be moving to a new location in Gaithersburg- near the near Marshall’s location in Gaithersburg Square.

Additional info, per the restaurant’s website: “Welcome to DMV Empanadas, your number one source for delicious empanadas in Gaithersburg, MD and the surrounding area. Whether you’re joining us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, our menu features an extensive list of empanadas and other Latin American food items for any time of the day. Whether you’re in the mood for a shrimp empanada or a pork empanada, DMV Empanadas has it all!

Closed: Boston Market / Coming Soon: Chase Bank 
Boston Market closed its Gaithersburg Square location at 494 N Frederick Ave Unit B back in April, leaving the Boston Market at 3825 Aspen Hill Rd as the chain’s last remaining Montgomery County location.  JP Morgan Chase has signed on to take over the space and will be moving in shortly. In 2022, JPMorgan Chase cut the ribbon to its newly renovated regional headquarters, the Bowen Building at 875 15th St. NW at the corner of McPherson Square in Washington D.C. This acquisition “reinforced the firm’s commitment to Washington D.C. and the Greater Washington region” as it is one of the only banks expanding its physical footprint in our area. Chase is doubling its original branch network commitment made in 2018 to 140 branches by 2025 throughout Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Now Open: Oak Barrel & Vine
Montgomery County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services held the grand opening for its latest Oak Barrel & Vine location at 512 N. Frederick Ave. on June 15. The Oak Barrel & Vine branded stores feature handpicked items with a focus on spirits and locally manufactured products. The new Gaithersburg Square location will be the largest of the ABS stores and is the third to carry the Oak Barrel & Vine brand. It will feature a large tasting room and event space, an improved selection of small format items, a dedicated non-alcoholic products section, queue lines for faster checkout, wayfinding signs, and enhanced customer accessibility.
“The Gaithersburg Square Oak Barrel & Vine store will provide customers with the tasting and educational space they have been requesting,” said ABS Director Kathie Durbin. “The Oak Barrel & Vine brand is designed to reflect our community by showcasing local products and providing dynamic service in a safe and inviting environment. The large tasting room will allow customers to engage more fully, turning shopping into an experience.”

Featured image courtesy of Google Maps. 

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