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The Most Anticipated Store Openings of 2014

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We're now a solid six weeks into 2014, meaning that it's time to take a look at what's slated to open this year across the city. We've broken it down into handy categories, starting with the notables and ending with the very, very notables—hey, if it wasn't important, it wouldn't be on this list. Check them all out after the jump, and get excited for another great year of shopping.

Big Deals
3.1 Phillip Lim Noho
At the same time his collection was dropping at Target, we discovered that the designer was also planning for a store on Great Jones Street. Next came the peepholes. We don't have any new information on the opening date, but we're hoping it'll be by the time summer rolls around.

Maybe that pop up in October was a test run for the permanent in-store boutique coming to the Upper East Side's Anthropologie. The bridal brand is slated to open in the late spring and feature not only dresses but also accessories, invitations, and more.

It's been nearly six years since the brand closed their former Madison Avenue location, and we're very glad that they've decided to return. Last we heard is that they're aiming for a holiday 2014 opening date, so that means there's a chance it might not open this year. But we're keeping them on this list anyway—hopefully that'll put some good vibes out into the universe.

CAP Beauty
Though we're huge fans of the West Village store's jewelry and clothing, their upcoming conversion to an all-natural beauty store is super exciting for both beauty purists and those looking for a more eco-friendly routine. Expect to find brands like Tata Harper and Vapour on the shelves before the owners launch their own brand.

The current H&M Fifth Avenue flagship. Photo by Brian Harkin

Huge Deals
The Swedish retailer already has stores just a few blocks north and south of this location on 48th Street and Fifth Avenue, which will be their largest store in the United States—yes, even bigger than the Vegas store. That's because it'll carry all of the lines under the brand, including the home collection.

J. Brand
When the denim company was acquired by the parent company of Theory and Helmut Lang, it was obvious that stores would quickly be rolling out. The latest we have is that they plan to open here in the later half of 2014, but a location and date haven't been set. Perhaps they'll also be included in the crazy-frequent Theory/Helmut Lang sample sale cycle?

The Kooples
While the French-based line is available in department stores around the city, they have yet to open their first East Coast location—until now. They'll be subletting 401 West 14th Street from Moschino through 2018, but it's not clear when they're opening yet.

Zara FiDi
Proving that not everything south of Houston Street is opening at Brookfield Place, the Spanish fast-fashion retailer just signed a lease for a massive store with a ton of street frontage on lower Broadway. Best-case scenario for this one is an end-of-year opening.

Rachel Comey
The designer for cool girls everywhere is finally opening her first boutique this year. Slated to be up and running by the spring, it'll be where a rug dealer once was on Crosby Street between Prince and Spring.

Topshop Fifth Avenue
As part of a major push into the United States market, the Brits are adding their second NYC store on Fifth Avenue, where Lacoste currently is. They've got big plans to compete with their upscale neighbors—the store will offer personal shopping services and carry and "edited section of merchandise." Look for them come Halloween.

Urban Outfitters "Lifestyle Center"
While we're not exactly sure if this mega-store will be opening in 2014, we did notice signage along their Broadway windows, so that can only be good news. It'll be more than twice the size of their larger, existing stores, and will certainly revitalize an area more known for its offices than its shopping scene.

According to the signage that just went up on Grand Street between Mercer and Greene, the Maison Martin Margiela offshoot is slated to open "soon," so we can only imagine that means this year. It'll be in good company alongside Alexander Wang and Surface to Air.

Image via WWD

Our excitement for the first United States outpost of H&M's sophisticated older sister brand is barely containable. No specific word on an opening date, but we're certain that it's this year at 129 Spring Street.

J. Crew Cobble Hill
A firestorm of controversy was sparked when Mickey Drexler and Co. announced its first foray into Brooklyn, displacing a longtime neighborhood grocery store and, in some opinions, furthering the "mallification" of the borough. But Pacific Green has since found an alternative location, and an opening date has yet to be set.

Marc Jacobs et al.
The designer left his helm at Louis Vuitton to focus on his eponymous label, and that starts with a brand new flagship for Marc by Marc Jacobs on Fifth Avenue and a Marc Jacobs Collection store on Madison Avenue. We're looking at an opening by the end of this year, but hopefully it'll be sooner.

Update: A previous version of this post misreported that COS e-commerce is already available in the US. Sadly, it's not coming until spring 2014, and the post has been amended above.
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