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View Poll Results: What Sought After Big Brand Chains Indicate a City/Metro has "Arrived?"
Patagonia Store 8 9.52%
Crate and Barrel 12 14.29%
Pottery Barn 5 5.95%
West Elm 6 7.14%
Nordstrom 23 27.38%
IKEA 30 35.71%
Google Store 7 8.33%
Amazon Retail Store 15 17.86%
Apple Store 25 29.76%
Samsung Store 5 5.95%
Dave n Buster's 5 5.95%
Top Golf 12 14.29%
Cheesecake Factory 10 11.90%
Maggiano's 2 2.38%
Palm Steakhouse 6 7.14%
Four Season's Hotel 28 33.33%
Ritz Carlton 32 38.10%
Westin Hotel 7 8.33%
Hard Rock Cafe 7 8.33%
Margaritaville Hotel 3 3.57%
Other (list it) 11 13.10%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 84. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-26-2019, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I believe it was Trafalgar Law(?) that shared this with us a few years ago:

A Luxury Brand Hierarchy developed by industry watchers and academics...


Just looking at top 2 jewelry stores ranked, where everything costs $50,000+

Leviev has 1 North American location in New York(the only other location is Moscow)

Graff Diamonds has 6 stand alone stores in North America: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, Palm Beach & Bal Harbour.
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Old 10-26-2019, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Miami, The Magic City
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I’m definitely adding/putting a Richard Mille boutique (not uncommon for $350,000 timepieces up to $2M) to ultra high end and above Panerai, IWC, Breguet, and Patek....Beverly Hills, NYC, Aspen, Vegas, Boston, Miami and Bal Harbour boutiques.

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Old 10-26-2019, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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South Florida is extremely impressive when it comes to core premium brands on up.

Vegas and Honolulu also rank way wayyyy above their size.
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Old 10-26-2019, 08:30 PM
 
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Whole foods
Trader Joe's
Lifetime fitness
Nespresso
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Old 10-26-2019, 08:53 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Uniqlo
W Hotel
Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue
High-end shopping, hotels and certain experiential places like Starbucks Reserve are the best idicators.

Not many metro areas have a Neimans, Bloomingdales, Saks and Nordstrom. Pretty much, just the largest US cities.
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Old 10-27-2019, 04:33 AM
 
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I don’t think it’s chains. It’s when your indie restaurants start making top-100 lists.
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Old 10-27-2019, 07:42 AM
 
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Some of the super selective from my many years working in the retail industry that aren't the uber-high end, but more mainstream include:

Crate and Barrel
Pottery Barn
Williams Sonoma
Sur La Table
Anthropologie
JCrew
LL Bean
Chico's
Coach
Aveda
Bare Minerals
Kiehl's
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Old 10-27-2019, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Some of the super selective from my many years working in the retail industry that aren't the uber-high end, but more mainstream include:

Crate and Barrel
Pottery Barn
Williams Sonoma
Sur La Table
Anthropologie
JCrew
LL Bean
Chico's
Coach
Aveda
Bare Minerals
Kiehl's
Yup. Michael Kors is another brand I really like that has achieved high end status but is still attainable to most folks.
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Old 10-27-2019, 10:04 AM
 
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Bloomingdales are only in large metros from Atlanta on up to NYC.

I know Saks is a highly sought after retailer along with Niemans Marcus.

Nordstroms is pretty cool too. The more Nordstroms, the higher the ranking.

A good selection of local grocery stores. I know in St. Louis there is Dierbergs, Straubs, Field Foods that come to mind. Charlotte has Harris Teeter. If nothing like that, there needs to be a good number of Whole Foods and Trader Joes.
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Old 10-27-2019, 11:44 AM
 
Location: plano
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I'm a suburban guy and my acid test is a Costco and a Lexus dealer within a few miles, less than five miles. Metro needs a niemans for spouse and her sister.
Safe and great schools for the burb are requirements too. Rare find all these in a metro smaller than 2 miliiin. A personal requirement is too medical specialists. I require a MDVIP internest ideally three to chose from and a too hospital. But these are due to my spouses needs not all would need these specifics
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