It’s not quite onthe scale of the new Armani or Diesel megastores, but Gant is expanding onFifth Avenue as well.

The preppiesportswear maker has just leased another 2,450 square feet behind its existingtri-level flagship at 645 Fifth Avenue, taking over a space previously occupiedby a Japanese hair salon. Architect Annabelle Selldorf will break down somewalls and incorporate the additional selling space into the second floor of theGant store.

The newly renovatedspace should be ready for shoppers come November.

The Sweden-basedbrand is also looking for retail opportunities downtown, primarily in the Sohoarea, according to Ari Hoffman, chief executive of Gant USA.

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