ARMANI PLANS JUNE OPENING FOR AMERICANA MALL BOUTIQUE

NEW YORK — Giorgio Armani Corp. plans to open a 5,000-square-foot Giorgio Armani boutique at the Americana, an upscale retail center in Manhasset, N.Y., in June.
The wholly owned unit, to be located in a store previously occupied by an Emporio Armani unit, will replace a 3,000-square-foot franchise operated in the center by Hirshleifer’s Inc. since 1987. On Friday, Armani announced the termination of its franchise agreement with Hirshleifer’s, effective April 30.
Giorgio Armani Corp., the designer’s U.S. arm, owns and operates eight Giorgio Armani stores, nine Emporio Armani units and three outlet stores.
Meanwhile, Hirshleifer’s said it plans to use the space formerly devoted to Armani to open new in-store shops for Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent, Tuleh, John Galliano, Tod’s, Jill Scherer, Malo and Lucien Pellat-Finet. The new Peter Marino-designed space is slated to open in mid-August and will include a 1,000-square-foot area for designer men’s wear.

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