SUPER SIZING: Come spring, Urban Outfitters will be moving into much bigger digs in Chicago. In May, the retailer is scheduled to open a three-level, 19,138-square-foot store at 1100 North State Street, where the longtime Hunt Club nightclub was situated, confirmed Luke Molloy, a senior director at Cushman & Wakefield, a property management company. The Urban Outfitters’ move north marks a key step in terms of expanding retail beyond the “invisible” Gold Coast barrier at Bellevue Place, Molloy said.
“Traditional fashion retailers were not comfortable going north — this has pushed those boundaries and is critical in terms of expanding the retail market in Gold Coast,” he said.
Urban Outfitters will vacate its current store further south at 935 North Rush Street, at Walton Street. Molloy could not disclose the new tenant as the lease has not been signed yet, but said a luxury brand would be moving into the space.
In addition to Urban Outfitters, the development at 1100 North State Street, will include a 7,000-square-foot high-end restaurant located on the third floor. The restaurant, which is scheduled to open later in 2015, will not be affiliated with the retail store. A separate entrance to enter the restaurant will be located off Maple Street.