SouthPark Mall is undergoing more changes as at least two longtime stores are leaving or recently left the Moline mall.
Chick-fil-A, which has been at SouthPark for almost 40 years, will close its mall location on Saturday, Feb. 26. An employee at the SouthPark Chick-fil-A, who asked not to be identified, did confirm the site was closing. She said the restaurant was shutting down because business has been down.
In addition, Victoria’s Secret has closed its retail store. Monday, Feb. 14, was its final day in the location. On Thursday morning, a sign posted on the store’s front door stated the business site was permanently closed. It appeared most of the merchandise had been removed from the shop, and the storefront was largely filled with stacked cardboard boxes.
Phone calls and messages from the QCBJ seeking comment to Chick-fil-A and Victoria’s Secret corporate offices were not returned Thursday. Macerich Company, the mall’s owner, also did not respond to inquiries.
Chick-fil-A has three other sites in the Quad Cities – two in Davenport (one in NorthPark Mall and another at 2945 E. 53rd St.) and a standalone site at 3831 41st Ave. Drive, Moline.
It is one of the largest fast food restaurant chains in the country and the largest whose specialty is chicken sandwiches. Headquartered in College Park, Georgia, the company operates more than 2,804 restaurants, primarily in the United States, with locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, according to the company’s website.
Victoria’s Secret is the world’s largest intimates specialty retailer offering a wide assortment of modern, fashion-inspired collections including signature bras, panties, lingerie, casual sleepwear and athleisure, as well as fragrances and body care. With nearly 1,400 retail stores worldwide and a predominantly female workforce of more than 25,000, Victoria’s Secret boasts the largest team of specialty trained bra fit experts worldwide, according to the company’s website.