STATEN ISLAND, N,Y. — Earlier than Century 21 filed for bankruptcy in September 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 60-year-old widespread designer retailer was planning to open a retailer within the Staten Island Mall, New Springville.
And now that Century 21 has introduced it’s relaunching its shops — the place you may get all the things from Gucci purses to Prada sneakers for drastically decreased costs — it’s unclear if the model will ever open on Staten Island.
In a press release concerning the relaunch, Century 21 stated: “By no means rely out a New Yorker. In response to the outpouring of affection from the Massive Apple and the admiration of their loyal buyers from around the globe, Century 21 Shops introduced they’ll formally relaunch the beloved establishment in 2021. Whereas the specifics of the place and when are nonetheless being finalized, the plan has one aim in thoughts: to deliver purchasing pleasure to Century 21′s devoted native prospects whereas introducing that exact same pleasure to new followers throughout the globe.”
Nevertheless, when requested particularly concerning the Staten Island Mall location — which was earmarked for the primary flooring within the area previously occupied by Sears — Marc Benitez, Century 21 president, instructed the Advance/SILive.com that the corporate is not sure if a brick-and-mortar retailer will come again to New York.
“We don’t but know if and once we will reopen a brick-and-mortar location in New York or the Tristate space,” he stated. “We love New York and have obtained an outpouring of help from our native followers, which has not gone unnoticed. We hope to have the ability to serve these loyal followers quickly.”
Staten Island Mall administration declined to remark concerning the potential of Century 21 coming to the purchasing heart.
Century 21 introduced it was opening a everlasting 49,000-square-foot retailer on the primary flooring of the Mall proper earlier than the pandemic hit.
The Gindis, the household behind the long-lasting retailer, purchased again the mental property of the Century 21 model after the chapter, making certain that Century 21 Shops will proceed to be a family-run enterprise, stated the corporate.
The retailer stated the choice to shutter its 13 shops adopted non-payment by the corporate’s insurance coverage suppliers of roughly $175 million it believed was due beneath insurance policies put in place to guard in opposition to losses stemming from enterprise interruption.
STORE WAS TO BE TAILORED TO STATEN ISLAND COMMUNITY
In March, proper earlier than the worldwide lockdown, Century 21 Stores instructed the Advance/SIILive.com that its new Staten Island Mall retailer, which was presupposed to open in late 2020, would inventory merchandise particularly curated to the shopping for habits of borough residents.
“We’re thrilled to have the chance to open a brand new retailer within the Staten Island Mall,” stated Michael Kustermann, chief advertising officer of Century 21, in early March 2020. “As a vacation spot for vogue off-price, our new retailer format will present our loyal Staten Island prospects a chance to buy actual designer manufacturers at wonderful costs.”
This isn’t the primary time the division retailer model was accessible within the Mall.
A “pop up” Century 21 EDITION opened in 2018, providing a big choice of ladies’s equipment — primarily high-end designer purses. The retailer had partnered with LXRandCo to supply buyers an assortment of classic designer baggage, equipment, jewellery and watches from prime manufacturers, corresponding to Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermes.