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Say goodbye to Manhattan's Esprits. The brand has decided to refocus its efforts on Asia, which means it's selling off its North American stores. In today's Post, Lois Weiss reports that the 14,000-square foot Rockefeller Center store will close this week, as will the Soho location. The 34th Street flagship, which opened in March of 2010, is also shuttering.
Esprit's old Flatiron shop turned into a Joe Fresh, so there's some precedent for interesting new retail to come out of nowhere and take over. Word is still out on the futures of Rock Center and Soho, but we'll be keeping an eye on both locations. As for the 34th Street space, Weiss points out that it's actually still contracted to Apple; Esprit was just a subletter there. Don't expect the tech mecca to open in Herald Square, though. Presumably, the landlord will now be looking for someone else to sublease the space.
· Rock Center Esprit no more [New York Post]
· 80's Deja Vu: Esprit to Open Largest US Flagship on 34th St. [Racked NY]
· Joe Fresh Opens on Fifth, Will Sell $5 Jackets to 300 People [Racked NY]