Shop Talk: City Sports Expands… Edelman Store Sets New Date

City Sports Swings Into the Suburbs
Boston-based City Sports is expanding its presence in New York. The athletic retailer plans to open two suburban locations in Manhasset, N.Y., and in Westfield, N.J. “We’ve been looking at New Jersey for a long time, and this location is a home run for us. There is the right mix of neighbors for our customer — Trader Joe’s, Gap, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters,” said Edward Albertian, president and CEO of City Sports. “Long Island was part of our natural evolution, too. Connecticut is the next void for us, so we’re planning to move into West Hartford by late 2014 or early 2015.” The 8,000-sq.-ft. New Jersey location is the first in the state for the company and is slated to open in late June. The Manhasset store will be the chain’s largest, measuring 12,000 square feet, and is expected to open sometime in July. The two new shops bring the firm’s East Coast presence to 25 locations, including three doors in Manhattan.

Edelman Pushes Back Opening
The West Coast Sam Edelman store has a new opening date. The store, which previously was set to bow in April, will now debut in August, according to a Sam Edelman spokeswoman. The store will be the third U.S. location for the company and the first in California. The shop, at 42 N. Beverly Drive, in Beverly Hills’ famed Golden Triangle, joins a mix of retailers including Theory and Intermix.

Off Fifth Adds Two
Saks Off Fifth will open two new outlet locations on Friday: in Boston, at The Outlets at Assembly Row; and in San Diego, at Carmel Mountain Plaza. The Boston store will be the firm’s second in Massachusetts and will be part of the large Assembly Row mixed-use project featuring residential and office space, as well as restaurants and a movie theater. The San Diego space will be the largest for the chain, measuring 40,000 square feet. “The opening in San Diego is a very important one for us,” Jonathan Greller, Hudson’s Bay Co.’s president of outlets, said in a statement. “Not only have we grown the size of the store [but] we have reimagined the layout for an easier shopping experience.” The San Diego location will include an exclusive assortment of shoe brands not available at other locations. Women’s labels will include Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, Theory, Vince and Cole Haan, while the men’s section will feature Robert Graham, Superdry and Michael Kors.