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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 11-03-2019, 11:16 PM
 
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Trader Joes
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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The whole state of SC only has 2 Apple stores, Charleston and Greenville. Columbia with 800K in its metro doesn’t have one.

Charleston does have some stores that other metros our size don’t have, like Louis Vuitton and a big Forever 21, but King Street has the majority of them. The suburban areas are like any other Southern metro area.

The Charleston area only has one Olive Garden, in North Charleston which usually has an hour-long wait on weekend evenings, no Cheesecake Factory, just got its 2nd Costco last year, one Sam’s Club, no TopGolf or Dave & Busters.

Apple opened in Charleston in 2008. It was a huge deal when it opened. There were lines for blocks down King Street.

Most of the restaurants or stores that come into the Charleston area go to Mt. Pleasant or Summerville first. We just got Culver’s earlier this year in Summerville up on 17A.

There’s only one Trader Joe’s in the area, in Mt. Pleasant, and you can go there almost any time of day and it is packed. We just got our 2nd Whole Foods last year in West Ashley after Mt. Pleasant had one dating all the way back to 2004.

Charleston is still growing out of its shell, even though we have international air service now 7 months a year (non-stop to Heathrow in London via British Airways). When Charleston got Southwest Airlines (2011), right after Boeing opened their plant (2010), it was a game-changer. What was a dormant tourist area for 2-3 months a year (December-February) is now busy all 12 months.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:32 PM
 
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I think Ikea, Apple, Cheesecake Factory, and Costco are good measures for a metro's arrival. These are the type of places that people travel for and bemoan not having.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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-Balenciaga-


Miami
Dallas
New York
Toronto
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Vancouver

That's IT!

Super Prestigious Surprised Chicago and Houston don't have one.
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:10 PM
 
Location: New York City
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-Balenciaga-


Miami
Dallas
New York
Toronto
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Vancouver

That's IT!

Super Prestigious Surprised Chicago and Houston don't have one.
Balenciaga has boutiques within department stores in Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston.

As far as their stand alone boutiques, I am not sure why their selectivity leaves out the above mentioned cities, but I don't think any of the non Balenciaga regions are more or less "arrived" (except New York).
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