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2014 gave New York City a fleet of awesome new stores to shop, and it looks like 2015 is already trying to one-up last year in that category. Setting aside the mega-malls of Brookfield Place and Westfield World Trade Center, which are both set to open at least some doors this year, here are eleven brands whose stores we're looking forward to seeing this year, from larger-than-life locations of established names to those who are making their first imprint in the five boroughs.
The small storefront on Elizabeth Street was papered up last time we checked, and the brand's website still doesn't indicate an opening date. While it's a bit too cold for their signature footwear right now, an in-store café with house-brand coffee—like its other locations boast—would be greatly appreciated this season.
The old 57th Street store; Photo by Driely S. for Racked
Perhaps one of the best pieces of retail news to come out of 2014 was that the iconic bookseller would be getting a new home after being displaced from its iconic 57th Street location. Slated to open this spring at 1133 Broadway, it'll include the familiar dark wooden bookshelves and chandeliers, but not the original historical ceilings.
Considering that retailers frequently use this neighborhood as a testing ground for new store concepts, it'll be curious to see how the electronics giant will present itself on Bedford Avenue. While an official opening date has not been announced, site renovations are expected to be completed in April.
↑ Michael Kors on Broadway
For reasons unknown, this three-story mega-flagship that was announced two years ago has yet to open, despite recent interviews promoting a mid-December debut. However, a look at 520 Broadway this morning shows that the store—which will include a dedicated men's floor and plenty of the lower-priced label MICHAEL Michael Kors—is well on its way to completion.
The cult favorite handbag brand originally promised a fall opening, and that promise is still stated on its construction facade as of this morning (see photo above). Based on that information alone, the store could be one of the first to open this year.
The city's unexpectedly "cheap" grocer will make inroads in two major neighborhoods this year. The Upper East Side store will bow in Williamsburg store is still listed as "in development," we'd place bets that it sees the light of day before the next New Year's Eve.
↑ Eleven Paris
Signage for the 11-year-old French brand's first stateside store popped up on Prince Street in October, and has clearly taken a bit of a beating since then—perhaps the new campaign starring Solange could replace that facade until they open (there's no official word on when that is).
Microsoft Fifth Avenue
Apple's competitor announced its plans to open a flagship in the former home of Fendi that includes an "experiential space" back in September, but hasn't confirmed an opening date yet. In the spirit of keeping your enemies closer, we'd guess that they're looking to open their doors ASAP.
Rendering: Wall Street Journal
↑ Restoration Hardware Meatpacking District
Though it's sad to see Pastis exit the neighborhood, the mega store and possible hotel planned for this address does sound pretty intriguing, with an additional 70,000 square feet of space and a metal-and-glass top currently being built. There's no guarantee that this will be open in 2015—the "RH Guesthouse" hotel is, in fact, rumored for spring 2016.
Tory Burch's Soho Flagship
The townhouse-style store received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Committee back in June to convert the former garage into a four-story building that may or may not include a rooftop garden. This location is not yet listed on the brand's site—so there's a good chance that the Brookfield store will see the light of day first.
The new Dash Soho
We're not so much excitedly anticipating this store as we are morbidly curious about it. The Kardashians reportedly purchased the entire building on the corner of Spring and Lafayette Streets with the first two levels slated for retail. And while there aren't any signs of a Dash store there yet (it was recently a Ricky's pop-up), the current store location at 119 Spring Street is now on the rental market.
· Storecasting [Racked NY]