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Breaking RackedWire: Dean & DeLuca To Open In Times Building

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MIDTOWN WEST—The new New York Times building may singlehandedly make the area around the Port Authority worth braving. We've long obsessed over the Muji that's slated to open in the building within the next few months, but now we have news of another great retailer that's coming to 620 Eighth Avenue. Fancy grocer Dean & DeLuca has signed a lease for a 3,200-square-foot space at the NYT building, and is planning on opening their seventh NY outpost there in mid-2008. This is obviously great news for neighborhood types and those who work in the building, who we're sure can't wait for a lunch spot that doesn't require a walk down the neighborhood's hellishly crowded sidewalks. An added bonus: the building will also house Japanese restaurant Inakaya. [RackedWire Inbox]