EMPORIO ARMANI OPENING IN PARIS SCHEDULED FOR JULY

PARIS — A July 1997 opening has been set for the Emporio Armani store that will occupy the site of the former Publicis drugstore on the Left Bank.
The store, roughly 16,600 square feet, will be at the highly trafficked intersection of Boulevard Saint Germain and Rue de Rennes.
Plans for the store were first announced in November 1995.
According to Giuseppe Brusone, director general of Armani, the store’s debut is pending usual clearance regulations by the French government to make sure that its design conforms with historical zoning rules and other requirements for larger stores.
Architect Daniel Hulak is designing the shop’s exterior; Giancarlo Ortelli is doing the interior.
Armani is investing about $20 million (100 million francs) in its new boutique, which will feature the men’s and women’s Emporio collections, accessories and gift items, as well as a restaurant and an international magazine and CD area.
The store will be the second Emporio Armani in Paris. The first is a smaller unit just off the Place Vendome on the Right Bank.

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