The District’s second Francesca’s location will open for business at 1143 Connecticut Avenue NW this Friday.
The women’s clothing and accessory store is planning a soft opening on Friday and a larger grand opening celebration on Saturday.
The storefront is the former home of the Godiva Chocolatier that closed its doors in June.
Store manager Erica Ragland-McCall said the grand opening will feature an outdoor tent, a raffle and a 20 percent discount on all purchases made on Saturday only. Employees will also be handing out additional coupons on Wednesday to promote the event.
On Tuesday afternoon, city employees could be seen digging up the sidewalk in front of the new store to work on the plumbing.
Ragland-McCall — who was tasked with managing the Dupont Circle location after working as a manager at the boutique chain’s Montgomery Mall location — wasn’t worried about the ongoing construction and was told it’ll be finished by Friday.
“Once it’s done, it’s going to be beautiful,” she said.