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Old 05-02-2021, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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That's sad to lose another solid longtime retailer on a prominent corner.

I understand the landlord thing, but what confuses me is how none of these stores re-open elsewhere in Center City. Were they that interested in the market to begin with if they just pick up and leave altogether?

The fact that Zara and now Banana Republic do not have a presence in the one the largest cities in the nation is very odd to me. (I know BR Factory is there, but not the same).
Tiffany & Co. reopened three blocks west of its original location, in the space that I believe housed Zara.

Or it's the building that had been home to homegrown women's couturier Nan Duskin (RIP), then the first Borders bookshop in the city, then an H&M/Steve Madden/Talbots.

But I think it's the first of these.
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Old 05-07-2021, 09:35 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I read today that Century 21 is back alive with plans to open stores around the nation and potentially abroad. I really hope they return to Philadelphia! Was the store busy when it was open? (for those who visited).
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Always packed.

This closing was a shocker for that reason alone. Is it possible they could come back?
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Old 05-07-2021, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Center City Philadelphia
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Century 21 was definitely busy but I think the location wasn't prime. Yes, good floorplate and nice space. But there's actually not a lot of residents or jobs in the immediate area. So, it's close to transit, but the wealthier shoppers and better demographics are in Rittenhouse/west of Broad. I think a critical mass of shopping/entertaining/jobs + new residents will help the area, though.
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Old 05-07-2021, 11:33 AM
 
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I read today that Century 21 is back alive with plans to open stores around the nation and potentially abroad. I really hope they return to Philadelphia! Was the store busy when it was open? (for those who visited).
The inquirer just reported that a Giant heirloom supermarket is taking space in 801 market. Not sure how that would affect Century 21 reopening.
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Old 05-07-2021, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Century 21 was definitely busy but I think the location wasn't prime. Yes, good floorplate and nice space. But there's actually not a lot of residents or jobs in the immediate area. So, it's close to transit, but the wealthier shoppers and better demographics are in Rittenhouse/west of Broad. I think a critical mass of shopping/entertaining/jobs + new residents will help the area, though.

I agree with this. I think the Century 21 was in a bit of an odd location. I think they were hoping for more tourist shoppers... but honestly I do not think as many people know about the brand outside of NYC as many believe.

I loved shopping there and while not as high end as their Lower Manhattan location, I still found some really nice pieces there at stellar discounts.


If I could think of a great Center City location it might be the old LA Fitness location at 15/Walnut.... It seems to be about the right square footage. The layout though might be a little off.
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Old 05-07-2021, 02:41 PM
 
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I agree with this. I think the Century 21 was in a bit of an odd location. I think they were hoping for more tourist shoppers... but honestly I do not think as many people know about the brand outside of NYC as many believe.

I loved shopping there and while not as high end as their Lower Manhattan location, I still found some really nice pieces there at stellar discounts.


If I could think of a great Center City location it might be the old LA Fitness location at 15/Walnut.... It seems to be about the right square footage. The layout though might be a little off.
Or perhaps along Broad Street? Old AC Moore Space? Or banana Republic (if they could add a floor).
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Old 05-07-2021, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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The inquirer just reported that a Giant heirloom supermarket is taking space in 801 market. Not sure how that would affect Century 21 reopening.
Since most of Century 21's space was on the second floor, if Giant Heirloom can fit its operation into the unused space on either side of the first-floor elevator lobby of the 1928 building, it wouldn't affect it at all.

And it wasn't lack of traffic that led to Century 21's demise here. The entire chain shut down because its insurer would not honor a claim it made on its business-interruption insurance policy it submitted after the pandemic lockdowns.

Guess that they found money to restart by other means.
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Old 05-08-2021, 09:25 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Apparently "Shoppers World" is taking over the Century 21 space? A downgrade...

Shoppers World

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Old 05-08-2021, 10:12 AM
 
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Apparently "Shoppers World" is taking over the Century 21 space? A downgrade...

Shoppers World
Reminds me of the old gallery.
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