Bath & Body Works relocating to bigger West Acres mall digs

The popular retailer is moving to a spot Legacy Toys will vacate when it moves into the former Gap spot. JWW Sports Cards and Gaming is also expanding, a mall spokeswoman said.

The Bath & Body Works store at Fargo's West Acres mall will be moving to a larger space this fall, taking over the bay being vacated by Legacy Toys, which is also plans to move to a bigger mall spot. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

FARGO - Two West Acres mall stores are expanding their footprints.

Bath & Body Works is relocating this fall to where Legacy Toys is now located, Alissa Adams, chief operating officer of West Acres Development confirmed Tuesday, June 15.

In addition, JWW Sports Cards and Gaming will expand its lower level retail and events spaces to become five times its current size.

“Bath & Body Works has a strong customer base and a long history of success within West Acres. The expansion has been in the works for some time, but it was a matter of finding the right space,” Adams said.

Bath & Body Works will relocate next to Victoria’s Secret. It will include a White Barn candle shop. The store will be 5,284 square feet, nearly 1,500 square feet larger than the current store on the west side of the mall, according to Adams and Fargo city permitting records. Cost of the renovation is estimated at $275,000, city records show.


Bath & Body Works will be moving in fall 2021 into the Legacy Toys spot in West Acres Mall. Legacy Toys and Legacy Sweets announced earlier this year that they would move into the former Gap space in the mall's Bison Court. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

In April, it was announced that Legacy Toys and Legacy Sweets would be combined into a 7,748-square-foot location in the former Gap space. When it opens, it will be the Ely, Minn.-based chain’s largest store.

Among the amenities in the new Legacy Toys and Legacy Sweets will be an interactive ball wall, a giant interactive Lite Brite wall, a 10-foot candy cart and a Legacy Littles Neighborhood featuring baby and toddler toys.


In the lower level of the mall, JWW Sports Cards and Gaming will expand into spaces down the hall from where it is located. To accommodate the JWW expansion, EZ Alterations will move sometime in the next few weeks to what is now part of West Acres’ Community Room.
Adams noted that Ginza Ramen and Poke will open officially later this week in West Acres’ food court. The new eatery will open in the former Ice Point location.

Bath & Body Works is under the corporate umbrella of L Brands, which also includes Victoria's Secret and PINK. At the end of 2020, there were more than 2,000 Bath & Body Works and White Barn retail locations. Including online sales, Bath & Body Works posted more than $6.4 billion in sales in 2020.

L Brands sells lingerie, personal care and beauty products, apparel and accessories. The company operates nearly 2,700 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada and Greater China, and its brands are sold in more than 700 franchised locations worldwide. The company's products are also available online. L Brands reported more than $11.8 billion in sales in 2020.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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