Dulles Town Center responds to upcoming Cookology closure

An update to a story The Burn first reported Friday morning — that Cookology would be closing at the Dulles Town Center shopping mall in Sterling after 14 years in business. You can see our original story here.

In the announcement from Cookology’s owner, she said that the decision was not hers and the mall had given her 60 days to vacate. This likely raised some eyebrows because there are many vacancies and empty store spaces in the DTC. Why would they be asking a tenant to leave?

We reached out to Centennial, which is the management company responsible for the DTC. This afternoon, we received a response attributed to Bryan Touchstone, the senior GM at the the Dulles Town Center. Here’s the relevant part of it.

“We can confirm that Cookology will be leaving the center. Dulles Town Center absolutely wishes Cookology well as it continues to operate its second location in Arlington. In our continuing effort to provide shoppers with outstanding sought-after options for shopping and dining, we can also confirm that our leasing team has been exploring other retail options for the space that will best meet the needs of our local community. An announcement on that will be forthcoming.”

So there you are. It was a business decision based on future plans for that space and for the mall in general.

As The Burn has been reporting, new owners and management — including Centennial — took over the DTC a few years back. While there are no officially released plans yet, Centennial is known for its extensive plans to turn around struggling retail centers and malls, including adding residential units, hotels, restaurants, green spaces, public gathering spaces and more. You can see some of our past coverage here.

(Image at top: Cookology)

  1. Robert 4 months ago

    Dulles Mall will be knocked down and housing will go in that area.

  2. William 4 months ago

    I don’t think they’ll knock it down. The new owners are going to make it like a giant entertainment center. The movie theater is already there. They’ll probably knock down one area where a big anchor store used to be and put in a hotel. Add in an arcade venue type place or lots of gaming. Change the space to be one that people will visit as a break to get away from working at home… and buy things while there. I’ve been to a space like this before and it was much busier than DTC has ever been recently.

  3. Mike 4 months ago

    What they mean is that cookology was in the way of putting up townhouses and condos.

  4. Mike 4 months ago

    That mall is a shadow of its former self. Sad that a densely populated area like Dulles can’t support a decent mall, to the point where you must travel to either Tysons or Fair Oaks, but it may be because Amazon is conquering the world.

  5. excited 4 months ago

    i think revamping it would help out. look at the topgolf/oneloudon area. lots of fun things there are to do around there, eating, shopping, activites, etc. dulles mall would benefit from an esports arena/venue. close to IAD to serve contests traveling to and from.

    hopefully the owners are thinking outside the box instead of just planning more condos/townhomes.

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