Delay at The Domain

Opening of home decor giant's Domain storefront hits a roadblock

Opening of home decor giant's Domain storefront hits a roadblock

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Restoration Hardware's new storefront is ready, but The Domain isn't ready for it. Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware

The new Restoration Hardware store at The Domain in North Austin is essentially ready for shoppers, but the high-end retail center isn’t ready for the store.

Construction on the store wrapped up during the fourth quarter of 2015, yet it isn’t scheduled to open until the third quarter of this year. What’s behind the delay? While the RH store is complete, the rest of Phase III at The Domain is under construction.

In a conference call March 29 with Wall Street analysts, Gary Friedman, chairman and CEO of RH, said: “We’re ready to open and everything around us is a construction site ... So we’re sitting there with a built-out store, waiting for the development to catch up.”

Opening the store now “would just be foolish,” Friedman said, given that construction cranes remain in place, sidewalks haven’t been finished and neighboring shops still are being built.

The RH store, primed to be one of the home furnishings retailer’s posh Design Gallery locations, now is set to debut sometime this summer, company spokeswoman Alexandra McClure says. In December, the California-based company said the 48,000-square-foot store would open this month.

Northwood Investors, Endeavor Real Estate Group, Columbus Realty Partners, and Lodgeworks are developing Phase III of The Domain, a 1.4 million-square-foot, mixed-use project whose retail anchors will be the RH gallery as well as a 123,000-square-foot Nordstrom store. The Nordstrom store is scheduled to open September 30.

In a statement, Endeavor says: “Phase III is slated to open this fall and is currently ahead of schedule regarding construction. We are thrilled to open Phase III at The Domain this fall and look forward to having Austin experience the next generation of RH.”