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Huge Starbucks News for Chelsea, Whole Foods in Fidi, and More Retail Happenings

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But first, coffee news. A 25,000-square foot Starbucks roastery could be coming to the Meatpacking District, The Real Deal reports. "The upcoming location would be one of the largest Starbucks outposts in the world." The lease at 860 Washington Street will be official later in the month, and yes, it's okay if you want to shriek with triple shot-level excitement.

The NY Post is reporting that Whole Foods may be interested in leasing space at One Wall Street. Don't get too excited though, this deal is only in talks, and nothing is official... yet.

The Sony store is planning an exodus from its home base of 22 years at 550 Madison Avenue, and is relocating way down the street to 11 Madison Avenue. After years of Sony closures, this new location another in LA will be the only "retail experience stores" in operation, according to Crain's New York.

The world of luxe watches is going to get bigger — 5,550 square feet bigger, to be exact. The Shophound noticed that Wempe will be expanding its Fifth Avenue location to include the space formerly occupied by Swarovski and Lindt. The new "Wempe XXL" store will feature a deeper assortment of "Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and, of course, Rolex."

In the market for posh baby apparel? Luxury kiddie retailer Couture Kids is setting up a second shop on the Upper West Side, reports Crain's New York. The new high-end post will feature many labels rich kids from birth to age 14 love including Young Versace and Young Marc Jacobs.

UPDATE: The fate of The Sock Man has officially been sealed, and the St. Marks staple of 33 years will close up shop in the coming days. EV Grieve noted the following message on the store's Facebook page: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support in making my business what it is." The Sock Man is just the latest victim of NYC real estate market — the landlord allegedly upped the shop's rent three times over.