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The Fourth of July weekend has passed, unofficially marking the halfway point of the summer. But no need to despair, this is also the moment where we're that much closer to those fall store openings that we've been talking about all year. In case the intense sun rays, copious amounts of tropical beverages and fantastic half-day Fridays have obliterated your memory, here's a refresher on the fun to come.
1) Uniqlo, Fifth Avenue
It almost seems like the gestation period for the Fifth Avenue Uniqlo flagship has gone on for eternity—or since March 2010 to be exact. This past May, the Japanese chain finally changed up the minimalist plywood shroud to announce a fall opening and its new "For All" ad campaign. The Fifth Avenue location is groomed be the Uniqlo flagship for North America and is 2.5 times larger than the already over-crowded Soho location—optimal for relieving the weekend stampedes hunting for cheap basics, non-+J designer-collabs and majeggings. 666 Fifth Ave at 53rd St.
2) Century 21, Upper West Side
The subjects of Century 21 and the Upper West Side both tend to be somewhat polarizing, but it's no doubt that people are very interested in the unveiling of the off-price designer retailer's uptown outpost. Construction on the former Barnes & Noble space began in early May and workers have been going non-stop to make the anticipated scheduled fall opening date. 1972 Broadway at 66th St.
3) Sephora, Meatpacking District
Beauty boutiques are opening up like crazy in MePa lately, although the Sephora has been in the works for awhile now. Even though Bond No. 9 has gotten the jump on drunk beauty-shopping possibilities in the hard-partying nabe, Sephora announced its "extended hours" intentions over a year ago. 21-27 Ninth Ave at 13 St.
4) Athleta, Upper West Side
Lululemon, it's so on—or at least on the Upper West Side, anyway, when the Gap workout-wear line opens the first of two outposts in the city this fall. We took a peek inside the store over the holiday weekend and the interior renovations seem to be progressing in a timely manner—gleaming wood floors, mounted shelving and glowing track-lighting are already on display. 216 Columbus Ave at 70th St.
5) Jimmy Choo, West Village
Technically, the boutique is scheduled to open this summer, but you know how these timelines go—especially since the opening announcement quietly crept up on us last month. Plus, the scandalous history of the future storefront involving social page regulars, a bitter divorce and restraining orders adds some extra intrigue and anticipation. 407 Bleecker St at Bank St.
6) Jean-Michel Cazabat, West Village
Speaking of shoe boutiques on Bleecker Street, Jean-Michel Cazabat is working on his first-ever eponymous boutique in the former home of a fancy and now-defunct chocolate shop. While we thoroughly enjoy perusing his sexy and thoughtfully-designed heels at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale's, it'll be nice to be entirely surrounded by all his designs in one compact space. 350 Bleecker St between West 10th and Charles Sts.
7) Union Market, Lower East Side
While the Fairway vs. Trader Joe's throw-down is taking place uptown, the Lower East Side will experience a specialty market rumble of their own in this fall when Union Market opens up shop on Houston Street. Yeah, we're talking to you, Whole Foods. The Brooklyn-based market's first and largest foray into Manhattan promises to bring "a little bit of Brooklyn to Manhattan"—if a taste of Brooklyn means a beef aging facility and personal shopping services. 240 E. Houston St between Essex and Norfolk Sts.
8) Treasure & Bond a.k.a the Nordstrom charity shop, Soho
The buzzed-about Nordstrom non-profit concept shop has been in the works on W. Broadway since last year. The exact details of the shop and its future offerings are still a a bit murky, but so far it sounds a lot like Housing Works, which incidentally also has a Soho location. 350 West Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts.
9, 10, 11) Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, Soho
This trio of expected openings (exact ETA undetermined) in Soho are linked directly through their parent company PPR and future Soho digs. The leases for the Stella McCartney MePa and Balenciaga West Chelsea boutiques are up soon and the two labels plan on being be future neighbors on Greene and Mercer Streets, respectively. To complete the luxury trifecta, Yves Saint Laurent will unveil an outpost on Mercer Street. YSL has been there before though—back in 2009, the brand tested out the neighborhood with a pop-up shop on Great Jones Street. Stella McCartney—112 Greene St between Prince and Spring Sts; Balenciaga—148 Mercer Street between West Houston and Prince Sts; Yves Saint Laurent—149 Mercer Street between West Houston and Prince Sts.