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ARLINGTON—Leave it to Arlington to co-opt the city's swagger. The county across the Potomac is now #2 in the country (behind Hoboken, NJ) for being 'Rich and Single'. More than 40% of Arlington residents are single, so that means looking good is uber-important when sashaying down the aisles at Clarendon Whole Foods. [ARLnow]
TYSONS—If you're looking to get in-shape without actually getting in-shape, the world's first Spanx store at Tysons should be a destination for you. Opening November 2, Spanx founder and self-made billionaire Sara Blakely will be cutting the ribbon so Spanx can be had for the masses. So eat some more dessert because hiding your jelly rolls is an even more viable option. [Washingtonian]
FARRAGUT—What once was Borders will now become Nordstrom Rack. The new store will have deals for men and women and will be setting up shop at 1800 L St NW. [ARLnow]
GEORGETOWN—Get your sweat on M Street. Nike opened its new store in the former abode of Barnes & Noble. And to give the opening a bit of hometown flavor, Nike honored Gtown's men's basketball coach John Thompson III. Go Hoyas! [The Georgetowner]
SPRINGFIELD—The Springfield Mall is being turned inside out. The former mall is being transformed into a lifestyle center with an expected opening in mid-2014. Bringing quasi-urban retail to the suburbs. [WBJ]