Fashionista brands Forever 21, Windsor now open at Columbia Center mall

Two fast-fashion brands have opened at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick.

Forever 21, the trendy clothing chain, opened in early December near JCPenney, nearly three years after it first announced plans to open its first store in the Tri-Cities.

Columbia Center announced the opening on its Facebook page.

The company’s Kennewick plans stalled when it went through bankruptcy and was acquired by a new group that includes Simon Property Group, the mall operator that owns Columbia Center.

The new store occupies an 11,800-square-foot space that underwent a $1.3 million remodel, according to Kennewick building permits. Contractor Axxys Construction Group wrapped up work Dec. 3. 

The mall’s other newcomer is Windsor Fashions LLC, a fast-fashion brand that offers a mix of formal and casual apparel for women, opened Nov. 11 near Old Navy. Based in Santa Fe Springs, California, it opened in 1937 and operates 280 stores in the U.S. 

It is a holding of Sun Capital Partners and focuses on special occasion apparel for school and other events, including proms and graduation and holiday parties. 

In early 2021, it said it would open 150 new stores, citing growing interest in events and formal wear following the end of the original Covid-19 lockdowns.

“Post-pandemic Windsor is positioned in an ideal spot to capitalize on the return to normalcy and deliver accessible fashion for all the social events in our customers’ lives,” said CEO Leon Zekaria at the time. 

For employment information, go to bit.ly/30IU2Nb (Windsor) or Forever21.com/us/careers/careers.html.

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