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Checking In On Lower Fifth Avenue's Retail Makeover

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Everyone could use a little touchup once in a while, and lower Fifth Avenue is in the midst of a major one. This section of the famed shopping strip, between 14th and 23rd streets, has seen one construction façade after another pop up over the past several months, promising us glamourous shopping experiences in the (hopefully!!) near future. We're also keeping an eye out for the empty spaces (Arden B.) and the spaces we thought would be empty by now (DKNY). Read on after the jump for our updates.—Laura Gurfein

Aldo: After shuffling around on the Upper West Side earlier this year, the popular shoe brand is giving itself a downtown makeover on 97 Fifth Avenue. Signage doesn't indicate an opening date or even a season, so we don't know how long we'll be waiting for this one.

Arden B.: The retailer vacated the store earlier this year at 104 Fifth Avenue after its ten-year lease ran out, and the space has yet to be filled. No word on who's looking at it now.

C. Wonder: Several months back, we learned that Christopher Burch's label would be opening a permanent store at 155 Fifth Avenue in the fall—they previously held a holiday pop-up shop there. So far, nothing's changed. The façade and projected opening remain the same.

Club Monaco: Since their remodel began in May, this brand is the only one to have relieved its shoppers with a temporary store at 3 East 18th Street, just a couple blocks south from its permanent location at 160 Fifth Avenue on the corner of 21st. There's even a helpful map in the store window to help you find it. Though the temp shop is open through September 16th, we're not sure when the remodel will be complete—it's pretty gutted right now.

DKNY: The pop-up store that opened at 168 Fifth Avenue in March is still going strong. Though there isn't any indication that they'll shut down anytime soon, we're not sure if they're planning to do something more permanent with the space.

Express: The office-chic national chain branch at 130 Fifth Avenue, on the corner of 18th Street has its windows covered up with the words "Express Fall 2013" and a denim-clad couple. However, we can't tell if that indicates when they're opening, or if it's just a huge advertisement for their latest collection.

Gap: The beloved American basics chain is remaining open throughout their renovation, working on just a portion of their block-long store at a time that includes the whole Gap family: standard, Body, Kids, and Baby. Signage on 122 Fifth Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets indicates a winter completion.

Warren Tricomi: Not retail, we know, but we thought it was worth mentioning that the high-end salon is coming to the second floor of 125 Fifth Avenue. Though the window sign says summer, their website states an opening date of September 9.

Zara: The European basics chain closed this location at 101 Fifth Avenuein the spring, and a construction worker at the site just told us that they're aiming for a mid-October opening. Think it'll look anything like the flagship forty blocks north?
·Club Monaco Hops Aboard The Lower Fifth Avenue Makeover Train [Racked NY]
·C. Wonder's Flatiron Location Plans To Reopen This Fall [Racked NY]
·DKNY Gives Flatiron A Try With A Brand New Temporary Store [Racked NY]

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