Back in the spring of 2009, New Yorkers were given the gift of high street fashion at its best in the form of a Topshop flagship store in SoHo, the British retailer’s first stateside location. Before the four-level store opened on Broadway, fans of the brand would either have to make the trek to London or pop into Opening Ceremony, which carried a limited selection of pieces by the label. But soon, they won’t even have to trek downtown to get their fix.
Topshop just announced that it has signed a lease for a Fifth Avenue flagship store near Rockefeller Center, which is slated to open this fall. The new property sounds like it just might put the retailer’s downtown location to shame: At 40,000 square feet, it will be the second-largest Topshop location in the world, next to only the London store which takes over an impressive 90,000 square feet.
New York isn’t the only U.S. city that’s feeling the love from Topshop. The retailer already has stores in Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and it has plans to open four additional stateside stores — in Atlanta, San Diego, Houston and Washington, D.C. — within the next 12 months. Sir Philip Green, the founder of Topshop, told WWD that he hopes to generate an additional $1 billion dollars in revenue from this continued push into the U.S. market, beginning with the Fifth Avenue store.
As for what New York can expect from the new Uptown location — which will compete with a number of high-end department stores in the neighborhood — Green told the paper, “We’ll be developing the personal shopping offer, and we’re discussing doing an ‘edited’ section of merchandise, showcasing things in a slightly different way, and doing [our own] product for the American market.”
Between the plans for expansion and the impending Kate Moss for Topshop range that drops this spring, there’s a whole lot of Topshop goodness to look forward to in 2014.