Frye Co. to open Manhattan flagship
New York City The Frye Co., billed as the nation’s oldest continuously operating shoe company and benchcrafted leather goods retailer, will open its first U.S. flagship, in Manhattan’s SoHo area, in summer 2011.
New York City-based AvroKO will partner with Frye on the design and architecture. Richter+Ratner will oversee construction.
The 6,000-sq.-ft. store will offer a range of Frye’s products, including boots and shoes for women, men and children, along with handbags, accessories and other leather goods.
“This store will provide us an environment to properly show the breadth of our approach to creating handcrafted leather products in the Frye design ethics,” said Larry Tarica, president and COO of Jimlar, parent company of Frye.
Von Maur to launch new retail format
Davenport, Iowa Von Maur has announced plans to launch a mall-based specialty concept for young women. The first store is scheduled to open this fall at Westfield Fox Valley in Aurora, Ill., under the nameplate “Dry Goods.”
The name and design of the store were inspired by Von Maur’s heritage as a dry goods store established in 1872 in downtown Davenport. Although the 4,200-sq.-ft. space will have a vintage, turn-of-the-century aesthetic, the merchandise will feature a constant flow of fashion-forward clothing and accessories targeted at young-adult females.
The company intends to open additional Dry Goods stores within the next year. Future locations will be concentrated in Midwest based shopping centers that are not already anchored by Von Maur. The retailer’s goal is to eventually expand the chain beyond the Midwest and develop a national presence.
PetSmart makes Manhattan debut
Phoenix PetSmart announced Tuesday that it is making its Manhattan debut with the opening of two stores.
The first store is scheduled to open Aug. 21 at the East River Plaza shopping center in Harlem, which is also home to Target’s first Manhattan store. The second store, located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood between Bleecker Street and West Houston Street, is scheduled to open in November.