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The Most Delayed Store Openings of 2010

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With only a few days left in 2010, it's time to look back at a year of dizzying highs and crushing lows, a year when every empty storefront held a pop-up shop and every sidewalk a sample sale line. Folks, it's the annual (four years running!) Racked Recap. This week, we'll be reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments, from the best collabs to the Crazypants. Take a deep breath of the sweet, sweet nostalgia.

You know the saying "patience is a virtue?" These stores truly tested our patience. We waited past their original opening dates and their secondary (and sometimes, even tertiary) dates, and when they finally opened their doors to us, we sighed with sweet sweet relief. Now that these retailers are here, it's hard to remember that there once was a time they didn't exist, so join us in our look at The Most Delayed Store Openings of 2010.

3. Chanel: It was like having a child reborn all over again. The almost nine month wait to reopen Chanel in Soho was well worth it when Spring Street birthed a newly renovated Chanel in September. The space includes a 10-foot Chanel No. 5 bottle and a fresh new interior—much more fitting than the temporary spaces it inhabited during the wait.

2. Limelight Marketplace: Originally set to be open May 29th, the church-turned-club-turned-mall couldn't meet the deadline. When we ventured to its opening on May 7th, we found that the owners didn't leave anything to suggest that the space was once home to one of the most infamous clubs of the last couple decades. Rather, it still resembled the church it once was, but with a new unique store design and a nice variation in retailers. We approve and hope that all of these brands, from corporate to indie, stay in the Limelight.

1. Longchamp:We hate to harp on the same stuff, but this one really took a while to open its doors. Since the summer of 2009, we waited for the unveiling of this new addition to the Upper East Side. When it finally opened this May, we were simply relieved that construction was complete.

In fact, Longchamp took so long renovating the space and then opening it that they also made our list of Delayed Store Openings from last year. But, with a sleek interior, including a beautiful staircase that creates the illusion of a bigger space, we can put it all in the past and celebrate officially having three Longchamp locations in Manhattan.
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