Ralph Lauren has announced plans to close Rugby’s 14 stores in 2013, including its location on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.
Founded in 2004, Rugby sells a preppy look marketed towards a younger audience.
A salesperson at Rugby in Georgetown said that they learned about the closing on Friday and that they expect that a human resources representative from Ralph Lauren will come to discuss the future of the company this week.
Rugby isn’t the first business Ralph Lauren has opened and closed in Georgetown. RRL, Ralph Lauren’s western wear-inspired line, opened in 2007 and closed in 2009 at 1069 Wisconsin Ave., NW. The Ralph Lauren company still owns the building.
The building the Rugby store is in was formerly Houston’s Restaurant, which closed in 2001.
According to a bartender at Rugby Cafe, the restaurant and bar will not be closing with the store.