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Old Navy Closes in Bowie Town Center

Officials said the store was "repositioned" to the new location at the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre.

Once Old Navy opened at the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre, there wasn't much of a need to keep the store in Bowie open.

The Old Navy in Bowie Town Center closed it's doors for good last month, the day before a new store opened up in Gambrills. According to Julie Luker, a public relations manager for Old Navy, the store closed on Jan. 22 and was "repositioned" to the new location in Gambrills. 

When asked if Old Navy would be opening a new store in Bowie in the near future, Luker indicated that there was no specific plan. 

"We are constantly evaluating our store fleet to ensure we have the right stores in the right locations to best serve our customers," wrote Luker in an email. "I can tell you that we look at a number of factors—including our existing store base, market demographics and sales potential of a particular market."

Old Navy is the second store in six months to close shop in Bowie Town Center in favor of relocation to Waugh Chapel. Bed Bath & Beyond closed shop in Bowie Town Center in September 2012 when a new store opened up in Gambrills. 

How do you feel about the Bowie Town Center Old Navy relocating to Gambrills? Is it a better location for you?

mark February 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Now thats Stupid, why would you close 2 stores whit in 5-10 miles of each other? Now all the people from bowie will come to crofton..Traffic is already a nightmare..Idiots!!!!!!!!!!!
Karen February 26, 2013 at 02:48 PM
All I can say is that shopping at the Waugh Chapel Bed, Bath & Beyond is unpleasant, because they went to a much smaller store. It's painful to try to manuever those huge shopping carts through a store crammed with way too much merchandise. So many other choices to get linens and housewares without the extra stress, And yes, I think that Crofton and Gambrills are getting shoppers from Bowie and even Charles county coming our way to shop. Who can blame them if their local stores have left? I personally don't care for the 'Town Center' design in Bowie, and prefer to park where I can see the store entrance. Will Bowie Town Center suffer the same fate as Landover Mall in a few years?
Leah February 26, 2013 at 03:45 PM
I'm worried about the Bowie Town Center. Are they doing something to drive away business? I still miss The Gap!
George Washington February 26, 2013 at 09:07 PM
I think people don't realize this is the beginning stage of White flight, first the people leave then the businesses leave. We were better off as a secular society, when the people of this nation finally wake up to the racial reality they will be able to see that if this forced multiculturalism continues it will be impossible for our economy to recover.
Sharon Seeley-Williams February 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM
White flight to Croton was in the 70's. Crofton is now racially mixed. Bowie Town Center was crime ridden from the day it was opened. The parking sucks and the store employees are rude, lazy and disrespectful. Crofton businesses are cleaner, employees nicer and they run more efficiently. Lets hope they stay that way when the Bowie shoppers come to shop!
Karen February 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Um, you might want to check the dictionary to learn about the difference between 'secular' and 'segregation'.
Jourdi March 27, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I'd suspected this for a while now, up until about a week ago if you'd asked around about the Old Navy store everyone would say "Oh they're just remodeling" I knew it was gone however. I used to love that store,I lived so close! But it was almost always close to empty with too many employees that really didn't do anything ( as there was nothing to do). It does suck that I'll have to go up the road to Waugh Chapill for an Old Navy, but I go up there for Wegmans ( and now that I know where it went BB&B) anyway. I guess it's better for my pocket book too? No conveniency, not as easy to spend?

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