Ashley M. London, Staff Writer
Charlotte Business Journal
CHARLOTTE - Three luxury retailers new to the Carolinas are planning stores in the SouthPark mall wing that will house the new the Neiman Marcus anchor store.
Hermes, BCBGMaxAzria and Ralph Lauren will occupy three of the five available spaces in the wing leading to the entrance of the Neiman Marcus store, which is slated to open Sept. 15.
"This is what we always envisioned -- stores that are not only exclusive to the area but that are exclusive to the Carolinas," says Nicole Bostic, SouthPark mall director of marketing. "These stores are an important step in the continuation to broaden the overall retail landscape in the SouthPark area."
Hermes will occupy a 3,000-square-foot space next door to Burberry. The store will carry 14 product categories of Les Metiers Hermes, which comprise leather goods, scarves, perfumes, ties and ready-to-wear collections for men and women. Watches, jewelry, Art de Vivre and Art de Table will also be features of the store.
Hermes is slated to open in the fall before the holiday shopping season begins.
BCBGMaxAzria will occupy 2,568 square feet next to the new Ralph Lauren store. The retailer will offer women's ready to wear, evening dresses, bridal, denim, eyewear, shoes and more.
BCBGMazAzria also will open in the fall.
Ralph Lauren will open a 4,200-square-foot store next to Louis Vuitton. The store will sell men's and women's apparel, accessories and will feature decorative elements unique to Charlotte.
Ralph Lauren is slated to open in August.
"The addition of these high-end retailers to the Neiman Marcus wing solidifies SouthPark as Charlotte's quintessential luxury shopping center," Bostic says.
Only two store spaces remain in the luxury wing of the mall owned by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. The real estate investment trust has pumped more than $100 million into renovating, revamping and recreating SouthPark.
The retailers that will occupy those spaces will be announced in 60 to 90 days, Bostic says.