Furniture retailer West Elm is closing it's downtown location at Metro Center, vacating a prime location for more retail or entertainment. West Elm is a purveyor of high-end furnishings.
I really liked their style and aesthetic, but most of the pieces were waaaaayyyyyy out of my league. So, I window shopped, went in a few times, but never bought anything. Wondering if they would have done better on "Furniture Row" on and around 14th Street NW near U. There you'll find Muléh, Vastu, soon to be Room and Board, Reincarnations, Urban Essentials, Goodwood, Millennium, Miss Pixie's and a few others.
As for the downtown space vacated by West Elm, I'm betting on a clothing store. It would join other clothing related retail near that corner including, Guess, American Apparel, Jos. A Bank, H&M, Zara, Macy's, Peruvian Connection and a few blocks away, Urban Outfitters and Ann Taylor Loft. I have no idea what's going into the new space, but here are some options: