By and  on February 8, 2012

Angelo Galasso is preparing to enter the retail fray in New York City.

The high-end men’s designer, who operates stores in Milan, London and Moscow, has inked a deal to open a 4,720-square-foot store at the historic Edwardian Room at The Plaza hotel on 59th Street off Fifth Avenue. The store is expected to have a soft opening for select clients later this month, according to Richard S. Chera, principal of Crown Retail Services, which found the space for Galasso. He said Galasso had been looking at sites in the area for a while but was holding out for a special location. “The Edwardian Room is like a work of art,” said Chera. “There are 10 huge panoramic picture windows overlooking Central Park.” The location, which opened in 1907 as a men’s-only cafe and has served royalty, presidents and world dignitaries over the years, is landmarked, so Chera said converting it into a retail space required some ingenuity. “It was a challenge. Ninety-five percent of the installations are free-floating fixtures because you can’t put anything into the walls.”

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