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A new store practically opens everyday in New York City, and retail rents are currently ranked the second highest in the world. That being said, there are always a handful of highly anticipated store openings to look forward to. After the jump, we've rounded up six of them, plus a few honorable mentions. The list includes everything from Balenciaga's dual men's and women's stores on Mercer Street, and Rebecca Minkoff's first stand-alone store in Soho. Did we miss one that you're particularly excited about? Leave it in the comments below.—Reporting by Laura Gurfein

Proenza Schouler
Because Greene Street isn't stacked enough already, design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are opening their second NYC store on this hot Soho street sometime this fall. Signage recently went up next to the original Warby Parker.

3.1 Phillip Lim
The brand just took out a lease on the 5,800-square-foot space at 48 Great Jones Street, and it will become its flagship store whenever it opens. It'll be very close to other Bowery-area shops such as Oak and Intermix. If you can't wait that long, shop the designer's Target collab when it hits stores in September.

Rebecca Minkoff
Though the future home of the American designer at 96 Greene Street was most recently occupied by her denim pop-up shop, the permanent store is still under construction and will open by the end of the year. Formerly housing Kirna Zabete, 96 Greene's neighbors include American Apparel and the recently opened Saint Laurent.

A.P.C.
First, it was March. Then, it was July. Now? We're not quite sure. Last time we checked in at the French retailer's store front on Bond Street, we couldn't nail down a confirmed opening date from the construction workers nor the company itself. However, we heard some hammering coming from the inside a few days ago—can't be long now.

Balenciaga
Could this be the biggest retail tease we've ever endured? We've been covering the (now) dual storefronts on Mercer Street for quite some time now—we even included it in our previous list of anticipated store openings. Last time we checked, the Alexander Wang-helmed brand will open these locations in November.

Uniqlo
Just like a twenty-something in search of cheaper rent, Uniqlo is expanding to the outer boroughs. The Japanese brand known for its bright colors and manageable prices will be opening in the Atlantic Terminal Mall in Brooklyn and the Staten Island Mall later this year, though the company hasn't specified a concrete time frame.

Other honorable mentions with less concrete details include J.Crew's somewhat controversial Cobble Hill store, Marc Jacobs' forthcoming outposts on Fifth and Madison Avenues, Vivienne Westwood's $13.5M five-story townhouse, the massive H&M headed for Times Square, and the Fairway that will anchor an office building housing Coach and L'Oreal at Hudson Yards in 2015. And last but not least, as our commenters pointed out, there's Dover Street Market on Lex. Last we heard, that was still on track for a December 2013 opening.
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