Shortly after the Walgreens closed at 99 Maryland Avenue West (the corner of Rice & Maryland), the building owners, two retired elementary school teachers, began remodeling the retail space for a new tenant – 99 West. The owners' research indicated that there is a large need for apparel & shoes within a 2 mile radius of this location.
With the only significant options in this market being stores selling used clothing, the plan was to offer a distinct alternative. So... on July 2, 2014, they opened 99 West with an abundant inventory of heavily discounted brand new overstock family apparel & shoes from 4 national department store chains. Since opening, they have expanded even further with additional suppliers and a more diversified inventory – now including bedding, gift cards and some jewelry. The inventory will be continually tailored to more closely meet the needs and desires of its shoppers.
99 West has 11 employees, most of whom live in the immediate neighborhood. Highland Bank has provided SBA funding to assist with this startup.