Please, hie thee over to Shoppist for the entire list, from Uniqlo to Century 21, of stores that will open this fall — that we know of right now. Anyone know something we don’t? Well, hie thee to your email and let us know. Get me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The extremely trendy and fairly inexpensive clothing retailer UNIQLO is invading the region: first, a store opened in the King of Prussia Mall. Then stores were announced for Center City’s Chestnut Street and the Willow Grove Park Mall. Now, Shoppist reports that the Tokyo-based company is coming to South Jersey as well, to the Cherry Hill Mall:
A rep confirms that the store will open on September 26th, just a week before the October 3rd opening at 1608 Chestnut Street. It will be on the main level, sandwiched between a Bath & Body Works and an Abercrombie & Fitch. If you’re counting, this is four UNIQLO stores to open region in less than a year. World domination next? (Or maybe just Delaware.)
I recently toured the building at 1608 Chestnut Street, former site of the Art Institute and future site of the a vast Uniqlo store, slated to open on October 3rd. The store is still in the throes of construction — the Uniqlo team is doing a massive gut-job — but even in its bare-bones state, it’s impressive.
First, there’s the size factor: At 29,000 square feet and four floors, the store dwarfs most others around it. When it’s finished, over 60 LED monitors and tickers will display merchandise and style visuals. (I imagine it will look like the shopping version of Times Square, but in a less grossly touristy way.)
All that space also means that the store has more real estate for the company’s awesome MoMA collaboration and SPRZ New York collection, a line of art-inspired items, most of them tees splashed with frame-worthy art prints. (The Rittenhouse store is the only store other than New York that will have a dedicated area for this.) What this means for shoppers: More art-centric buys alongside the colorful classics you’ve come to love.
Election results and the legalization of gay marriage have basically taken most of the headlines today, but let’s see what we can dig up on in the worlds of real estate and design.
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Earlier this year we noted how North Third Street had lost two neighborhood staples with the closing of the Three Sirens Boutique and Ligne Roset. But like warm weather sneaking in day by day, so too has new retail been springing up around the area.
Old City: Erdon and Philadelphia Independents
Ligne Roset’s former spot, 162 North Third, is now taken by Erdon, whose owner tells Shoppist the space is a tad small. But hey, with the included storage area, they’re sure to figure out where to put the extra merch. Some three blocks down, Philadelphia Independents, which will carry repurposed furniture and miscellaneous home decor, among other things, is moving in at 35 North Third (pictured above).
The old adage “out with the old, in with the new” makes sense in the fashion world, but our sister site Shoppist‘s glut of news about store closings and openings makes us realize it’s just as true in retail real estate.
New: Joan Shepp
Longstanding boutique Joan Shepp opted for a pop-up store after her departure from her original Walnut Street location – and it seems the change may have done some good. Her newfound home is just a few blocks away at 1811 Chestnut Street. Once a mattress store, the simple exterior conceals an inner space with some potential, including a supposedly great staircase.
Our sister site Shoppist has more details of what we first reported back in August: Uniqlo, which is basically the Japanese H&M, is definitely coming to 1608 Chestnut Street, the four-floor building once home to the Art Institute and Filene’s Basement (though not simultaneously). Sounds like Michael Salove Company handled the sale, which is a shame for Fameco as it seems they were also vying to handle Uniqlo’s business. Putting brokerage competition aside, we’re just happy to see more big-time retail on Chestnut.