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By now, the news that British retail chain Topshop is opening its first stateside store at 478 Broadway in Soho is kind of old hat (um, we broke the story back in October!). Now that everything's official and a lease has been signed, Topshop owner Sir Philip Green has granted WWD an exclusive interview about the 40,000-square-foot, tri-level flagship, which will open in September, and his plans for nationwide expansion.
To cut right to the chase, Green's most interesting disclosures are that (1) he wants to open two more Topshops in Manhattan very soon after the Soho store debuts, (2) he wants to plant Topshops in California (most likely LA), Las Vegas, Miami and Boston (what, no Chicago?) and (3) he wants to use the stateside Topshops to showcase homegrown design talent (as he does with British designers in his stores across the pond). That's really...it. Though the WWD piece is super long, we don't really learn anything that you wouldn't just assume after finding out that Green had signed a lease in Soho—obviously he plans on expanding his business in America. Green doesn't specify as to where the other two Manhattan stores will go, but we've got a few locations in mind. Don't Union Square and Herald Square both seem primed for a Topshop?
· Topshop Going Global: NYC First Step in Chain's Aggressive U.S. Rollout [WWD, subscription req]
· Exclusive: Topshop Coming To Soho [Racked]