A new store called KES is opening on 82nd street and Amsterdam Avenue. The store appears to be from fashion designer Lia Kes. Kes has apparently made clothing for “Kate Hudson, Kim Kardashian and Chelsea Clinton…Kes’ clothes are simple but elegant: silk tunics on the bias, black and green dresses that drape in all the right places, and tanks made of silk or jersey knit gathered on one side for a flattering fit,” writes J Week in an article about Kes’ old SanFRancisco store, which has since closed. Thanks to Rebecca Frey for the photo.
Ann Taylor Loft is set to open at 795 Columbus Avenue between 98th and 99th, in the Columbus Square development. It’s expected to open sometime in the “third quarter of 2014,” according to Winick Realty Group, which brokered the lease.
Hombom Toys on Columbus between 79th and 80th street is in danger of closing as the landlord seeks a new tenant. “We are redoing the entire block front,” said broker Faith Consolo told the Observer. “For a long time the Upper West Side was about sneakers and sweatpants. Now, it’s lululemon and lipstick.”
Radio Shack will close up to 1,100 stores, or about one in four, because of weak financial results. It’s not clear whether any of the local stores will close.
Planet Kids on 69th and Amsterdam still has lots of stuff to sell and it plans to close on Sunday. So stop by and get some bargains and say goodbye.