Top 10 ‘Unmissable’ New Stores
New York City — Looking for a hit list of the hottest new stores around the globe? Check out the 10 contenders below. The list comes from the folks behind the cutting-edge, London-based retail consultancy echochamber.com.
Forever 21, Times Square, New York City: This vast, 90,000-sq.ft. store has a sense of quality that is astonishing given its low price-points. The best feature is the exterior: an amazing interactive digital billboard features giant-sized virtual models who take Polaroid pictures of the crowd below.
H&M flagship, Paris: The “push for posh” trend continues to mount, with the opening of another ultra-glamorous fast-fashion designed by yet another signature architect (Jean Nouvel). The three-level store, on the Champs Elysees, is clad in exposed white limestone and has sleek, industrial fixtures. The façade has a matrix of 11 LED screens.
Selfridges, shoe galleries, London: At 35,000-sq.-ft. with more than 4,000 shoes on display, this is the world’s largest shoe destination. There are six galleries, each with their own unique design.
Kurt Geiger, London: This 4,000-sq.-ft. flagship — a glamorous showcase for the best of Kurt Geiger’s collections — is designed as a jewelry shop for shoes. An amazing shoe chandelier — created from more than 250 shoes — is the star feature.
One New Change, London: An exquisite piece of architectural design, this center is a welcome addition to the City of London, bringing new life to the area at evenings and weekends.
Chin Chin Laboratorists, London: Ice cream becomes a spectator spot at London’s first Nitro ice cream parlor. Chin Chin sells ice cream made to order and frozen using liquid nitrogen,. The space is a genuine laboratory, with experimental new flavors developed all the time.
The Eye Hub, Melbourne: There is a big emphasis on service, with an endless array of consultation rooms, a simulation room for cyclists to test for wind and glare, and “eyepods” where you can learn all about eyes
Kmart, store of the future, Melbourne: Similar to H&M Paris, this 64,585-sq.-ft. store reflects the ‘push for posh’ trend, where big-box discounters are driving investment in sophisticated design.
F&H by Fanci, Hong Kong: An innovative new concept by Hong Kong cosmetics retailer Fanci, F&H combines nutrition and beauty into a new total wellness store. The small shop is divided into four areas: Health, Food, Diet, and Beauty, with a consultation zone to the side.
Eataly, New York City: The 50,000-sq.-ft. Eataly has seven eateries and rooftop beer garden with its own microbrewery. It also features a host of shops and service counters, including a ‘vegetable butcher,’ and also a food school.
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Hollister makes waves in Fifth Avenue debut
New York City — Hollister, the Southern California-themed brand from Abercrombie & Fitch, has opened its doors on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The 15,000-sq.-ft., two-level flagship boasts a double-height glass storefront that is covered with video screens showing a live feed of the surf back in Huntington Beach, Calif. It’s a striking effect that has passers-by lined up neck to neck.
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Sam’s Club launches delivery service
Bentonville, Ark. — Sam’s Club has launched a new service that offers delivery, installation, assembly or set-up of a number of items such as mattresses, televisions, computers, barbecue grills and more. The chain said it is offering the service for items purchased at more than 600 stores nationwide.
The service is provided by a third-party vendor that will work on both home and business installation. Delivery prices start at $59 and installation is provided at an additional cost.
Sam’s Club said the services will make it simple for members to purchase large items for the holidays.