Rita’s in Lakeforest Mall Has Closed

by Patrick Herron

Rita’s Italian Ice, located on the lower level of Lakeforest Mall (701 Russel Ave) in Gaithersburg, has permanently closed.

The chain, which is known for their Italian ice and frozen custard, has remaining MoCo locations in Burtonsville, Derwood, Germantown, and Silver Spring.  It previously had locations in Gaithersburg (Quince Orchard Rd) and Olney.

Rita’s was one of the few remaining tenants at the mall that still served food, the others being Pollo Campero, Charlie’s Cheesesteaks, Nori Japan, and Kelly’s Canjun Grill.

On March 2 it was announced that WRS Inc., the real estate investment firm based out of South Carolina that purchased the “core” of Lakeforest Mall back in 2019, had purchased the mall’s four anchor sites, according to a report by Dan Schere of Bethesda Beat.  This clears a major hurdle when it comes to redevelopment of the mall. Read the full story here.


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