Giorgio Armani will close its 5,300-square-foot store at NorthPark Center in Dallas on May 16, less than three years after it opened as part of the mall’s redevelopment of a luxury corridor. The Armani company confirmed that the unit, which launched in September 2007, will shut, but declined further comment. Armani will be left with 12 full-line stores in the U.S.
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The Armani boutique, which carries men’s and women’s fashion and accessories, is situated steps from Neiman Marcus, which might have been a factor in the decision to close. Neiman’s has long had an Armani men’s shop on its first level and an Armani women’s boutique in the third-floor designer area.
“They feel Neiman Marcus can take care of their customers,” said Nancy Nasher, president of NorthPark Development Co., which operates the luxury mall.
She said the Armani space has been leased to Gregory’s, a 20-year-old independent designer boutique known for its shoe selection and flamboyant style. Gregory’s plans to move this fall from Galleria Dallas into the space between Valentino and Burberry. Gregory’s also operates a store at the Houston Galleria.