7 thoughts on “HP Village to Feature More Designer Stores

  • April 4, 2013 at 11:44 am
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    Even as a person who adores fashion, this saddens me. IF the Village is populated more and more by ridiculously priced boutiques rather than the more reasonable upscale stores, then I will have to limit my trips to the Village to Mi Cocina or the grocery store. I loved Cooters, Calame, Rugby, the bookstore and the five and dime. I genuinely question how many local residents will frequent designer boutiques.

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  • April 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm
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    Who shops at these places enough to keep them in business?

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  • April 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm
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    Good question, A.B. None of the stores would ever release their shoppers’ names but I can assure you that sales across the board are very strong. @Cynthia, the owners of Highland Park Village loved those stores too. Cooters and Calame chose to leave – Cooter’s recognized that their business was forever changed by the digital age and called it quits. The owners of Calame are retiring and chose to leave. The entire Rugby brand was shut down by its parent company, Ralph Lauren. The owners are also from Highland Park and want to keep HP Village inviting to the community. You can email me with any questions or concerns you have and I’ll do my best to address them. kersten@hpvillage.com

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  • April 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm
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    Out of towners, international or otherwise, shop there. The sales have increased dramatically since they have turned over the tenant base, per a round table i attended last spring at which Ray Washburn was a speaker. Also, I would imagine that the retailers going in dont care if they make a single sale…they are there for brand marketing as the center is on the path to be comparable to the few ultra high end centers/retail districts in the world. That’s the plan by the owners and they are succeeding at it. I expect that unless Tom Thumb has a fixed rate renewal option left, it will be priced out and replaced by a Dean & Daluca (sp?) type store. All of the above doesn’t bother me in the least because we only frequent the movie theatre.

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  • April 5, 2013 at 9:30 am
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    I bet Pockets is pissed that their Zegna line will be across the street now.

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  • April 5, 2013 at 11:09 am
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    @Avid Reader- Pockets sold their lease and store to Zegna. The owner is retiring.

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  • April 6, 2013 at 4:33 am
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    Who said the economy is bad?

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