By  on May 16, 2007

DALLAS — The luxury redevelopment of NorthPark Center here will move ahead in September with the debut of Giorgio Armani and Valentino stores.

They will be in the corridor between Neiman Marcus and Dillard's, joining recently opened units of Oscar de la Renta, David Yurman, Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade and Bottega Veneta, and longtime tenants Tiffany & Co., Eiseman Jewels, Ralph Lauren and Burberry. Cartier previously announced plans to open a full-line 2,500-square-foot boutique in October on the same strip.

NorthPark, which has more than 200 stores, has been building up designer, contemporary and youth fashion brands since last spring, when it unveiled a new wing between Nordstrom and Macy's, followed by the opening of a Barneys New York flagship in September.

"Slowly but surely, and we have a few more coming our way," said Derek Wood, NorthPark's leasing director, noting he is negotiating with European designer houses. He declined to identify them.

The 5,300-square-foot Armani store will carry the full Black Label clothing and accessories collections for men and women, Wood said.

"This is a great opportunity and timing to open a Giorgio Armani store in Dallas,'' a company spokesman said. "This is a large emerging retail market.''

Valentino will occupy 2,500 square feet and show women's ready-to-wear, eyewear, shoes, handbags and accessories. Executives at Valentino did not comment.

Fall openings are also planned by True Religion denim for a 1,600-square-foot unit, Free People contemporary clothing, 2,500 square feet, and Saltaire casual sportswear for men and women, 3,900 square feet, Wood noted. Tod's has signed to debut next spring with a 3,200-square-foot shop.

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