NEW YORK — Bloomingdale’s has postponed the opening of its SoHo store until February. When the SoHo store was announced in October, the company said it would open this November.
Michael Gould, Bloomingdale’s chairman and chief executive, said since the building, located at 504 Broadway between Broome and Spring Streets, was built in 1823, “there are a lot more structural issues than we might have thought. We don’t want to take any shortcuts whatsoever. We are creating a store, with our team and resources, that does break the mold.”
Gould also said the delay has “nothing to do with products, only the structure.”
“We want to make sure the building will be renovated in the most appropriate way,” added a spokeswoman. The 124,000-square-foot, six-level site was owned and occupied by Canal Jeans. Bloomingdale’s plans to sell men’s and women’s apparel, cosmetics, shoes and accessories in SoHo, as well as opening a cafe there.
This story first appeared in the June 5, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.