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Bath&Body Works to begin move within Fargo's West Acres mall

The personal care and beauty products shop will reopen Saturday, Jan. 22.

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Bath and Body Works will finally be moving into a new West Acres spot next to Victoria's Secret, mall officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 11. The store will close several days for the move and reopen Jan. 22.
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FARGO - Bath & Body Works is finally making its move to a new location in West Acres Shopping Center.

The popular retailer of personal care and beauty products will also have a White Barn candle shop in its spot next to Victoria’s Secret on the east side of the mall at 3902 13th Ave. S.

Bath & Body Works will reopen Saturday, Jan. 22.

The store closed its longtime location on the mall’s Buffalo Court on Friday, Jan. 14, the mall announced on its Facebook page. It will remain closed during the move.

The move is part of a domino effect caused by the closing of the GAP store in January of 2021.

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The mall bay vacated by GAP attracted Legacy Toys, which opened in that nearly 7,750-square-foot spot in October 2021. Legacy Sweets was incorporated into the new Legacy Toys location, now the biggest in the Ely, Minn.-based regional toy retailer’s chain.

West Acres Development COO Alissa Adams said Friday, Jan. 14, that the mall does not have an announcement at this time for a new tenant for the vacated Bath & Body Works space, which is kitty-corner to Legacy Toys.

The mall announced the move Tuesday, Jan. 11.

“After lots of shipping delays, the Bath & Body Works team is SO excited to finally welcome you to their new store - located next to Victoria's Secret - in just a few days! In their new location, you can expect nearly 1,500 more sq. feet to shop your favorite products & scents, plus the addition of White Barn candle company!” the West Acres Facebook post said.

The plan to move Bath & Body Works into its nearly 5,300-square-foot new location was announced in June.

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Bath and Body Works in Fargo's West Acres mall is seen in this summer 2021 file photo. The retailer is moving to a new location in the mall next to Victoria's Secret. The store will reopen Saturday, Jan. 22.
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West Acres officials recently announced that the mall’s owners purchased at auction the vacant Herberger’s store on the west end of the mall. The winning bid was $725,000, though other costs related to the sale brought the total purchase price to $760,000.

West Acres Adjacent Properties plans to redevelop the building, starting with remediating asbestos used in its construction. After that, the building is likely to be torn down to be replaced with new construction, though that outcome is not certain, mall officials told The Forum in December.

Bath & Body works used to be under the corporate umbrella of L Brands, along with Victoria’s Secret.

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In August 2021, L Brands spun off Victoria’s Secret into an independent, public entity called Victoria’s Secret & Co., which includes Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, PINK, and Victoria’s Secret Beauty.

At the same time, L Brands changed its name to Bath & Body Works, Inc.

Bath & Body Works, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has more than 1,750 stores in North American and about 300 others elsewhere around the world, according to information provided for investors on its website.

All of the U.S. and Canadian stores are owned by the company. The company works with a small number of international partners who run the stores elsewhere around the world.

In a fourth-quarter earnings update issued Feb. 6, the company said its November/December holiday season sales were above expectations.

The company said it expects earnings per share to be at the high end of its previous guidance of $2.10 to $2.25, compared to earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.96 in 2020.

The company will report fourth quarter earnings Feb. 23.

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