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View Poll Results: What Sought After Big Brand Chains Indicate a City/Metro has "Arrived?"
Patagonia Store 8 9.41%
Crate and Barrel 12 14.12%
Pottery Barn 5 5.88%
West Elm 6 7.06%
Nordstrom 23 27.06%
IKEA 30 35.29%
Google Store 7 8.24%
Amazon Retail Store 15 17.65%
Apple Store 25 29.41%
Samsung Store 5 5.88%
Dave n Buster's 5 5.88%
Top Golf 12 14.12%
Cheesecake Factory 10 11.76%
Maggiano's 2 2.35%
Palm Steakhouse 6 7.06%
Four Season's Hotel 29 34.12%
Ritz Carlton 32 37.65%
Westin Hotel 7 8.24%
Hard Rock Cafe 7 8.24%
Margaritaville Hotel 3 3.53%
Other (list it) 11 12.94%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 85. You may not vote on this poll

Old 10-24-2019, 11:33 PM
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I suppose they are skater chic? Supreme just opened a store in San Francisco today.

The only other US locations are Manhattan, Brooklyn and LA.
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Old 10-25-2019, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by BlueRedTide View Post
Aw man ,I been liking some of these new threads you guys have been making lately, CD has been a fun read these last couple of days, This is a Neat Thread Idea
I have a Few

Cheesecake Factory, It's funny how most of these BIG cities take it for Granted, But when Your City doesn't have a Cheesecake Factory, it's a Big Deal

Ikea is another

Dave &. Buster like Cheesecake Factory when you have it it's taken for granted But When a City doesn't, it's much Sought After

Here's a BIGGIE: ... MADAME TUSSAUDS you Know the Famous Celebrity Wax Museum, Only Cities like New York DC Los Angeles and Las Vegas and London have them Nashville just got one.....Heck I don't think Chicago even has one. You Get a Madame TUSSAUDS in your City You up there with the.Big League's

Apple Store

If a City has at least One Mall with Versace, Burberry, Dolce & Gabana, Fendi, and Gucci etc

Multiple Mercedes or Cadillac Dealerships

A BENTLEY Dealership

A MASARATI Dealership

A PORSCHE car dealership

One of My Personal Favorites a RAINFOREST CAFE in your city

A Ritz Carlton Hotel says something about a City

Waldorf Astoria Hotel

A Hard Rock Hotel

A Trump Tower (lol I know that's divisive but your city is huge if you have one)

Well that's my list a City has "Made it" or Arrived if it has at least some of these

There is a Maserati/Porsche/Ferrari Dealership here in Greensboro..... We had a Lamborghini Dealership a few years ago but they moved to Charlotte. There is a Bentley dealership 20 minutes away in High Point. I bet 90% of this forum has never heard of High Point... probably 50% have never heard of Greensboro
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Old 10-25-2019, 01:41 AM
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I think it's a combination of the above.

Smaller cities make a bigger issues of retail options than bigger cities.
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Old 10-25-2019, 01:48 AM
Location: Chiraq, Crook County
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No mention of Whole Foods or Trader Joe's?
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Old 10-25-2019, 03:09 AM
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Originally Posted by Texamichiforniasota View Post
Didn't realize Apple Stores were rare in some parts of the country. In SoCal, there's one in just about every mall I've been to. In Glendale there is one at the Glendale Galleria and another at Americana at Brand. Google maps say the stores are about 1000 feet apart walking.
Same in the Twin Cities area. We have several Apple stores all over the metro. I had no idea they were so sought-after by smaller cities.
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Old 10-25-2019, 07:49 AM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Originally Posted by Enean View Post
Originally Posted by jjbradleynyc View Post
Apple has a good footprint in the US, but a lot of metro areas that are good size do not have one yet.

For example, here in Tennessee, Chattanooga (metro 575k) does not have an Apple store yet, and neither does Clarksville (metro 285k).
Harrisburg, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and York are three other medium-sized metropolitan areas that also lack an Apple Store, and these are just in Pennsylvania alone. They have 2017 estimated metropolitan populations of 571,903, 555,426, and 446,078, respectively.

I grew up in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and we had to drive over an hour to an Apple Store in the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA.
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Old 10-25-2019, 08:06 AM
Location: Miami, The Magic City
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Are we talking exclusive or popular?....if exclusive:

If a city has a St Regis, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton—including residences within these esteemed brands—let alone multiple representation.

If a city has and can sustain stand alone boutiques/store fronts—not a limited selection in a mega city chain department store—of high end brands such as Kiton, Brioni, Berluti, Richard Mille, etc.

If it has a flagship Thomas Keller or Jean-Georges restaurant—not a franchised Wolfgang Puck Cafe Express.

Obviously, Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls, Lamborghini and McLaren dealerships. I would add Riva, Bertram, San Lorenzo, Heesen, Lurssen, etc yacht dealerships but that would limit and rule out cities not on the coast.

All of the above are renowned brands in select, limited US locations.

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Old 10-25-2019, 08:24 AM
Location: New York City
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Originally Posted by KodeBlue View Post
What's special about a Uniqlo? They are pretty much in every place with a halfway decent population.
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Old 10-25-2019, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by MB1562 View Post
What's special about a Uniqlo? They are pretty much in every place with a halfway decent population.
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Old 10-25-2019, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by ckhthankgod View Post
I had no clue their footprint was so limited.. basically NYC, Boston, DC, Chicago, Seattle, Cali, Hawaii.
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