Boo, hiss! Topshop has announced it won’t open until March due to “construction delays.” Though it was originally slated to open in October, Topshop owner Sir Philip Green told WWD building the Soho store “has been a logistical nightmare.” He’s had to make many changes to the design of the store, like move staircases around. Also, ordering escalators takes forever as does getting permits from the city necessary for construction. Well, thanks, slow pokes, for screwing up our fall wardrobe shopping.
Sir Philip says the delays have nothing to do with the economy and he’s still planning to expand in New York. His search for a second Topshop location continues, but he hasn’t found anything that’s wowed him yet. Realizing this delay makes the giant Topshop billboard over the (purported) store a dreadful tease, Sir Philip wants to deliver something to American fans. So Opening Ceremony might carry some Topshop products and Topshop might hold a contest on its Website to win shopping trips to the London store.
Green says, “America is a new territory for us and we have to get it exactly right. This store can’t be a nine out of 10 when it opens; it has to be a 10 out of 10.” That’s great, but being New Yorkers, we’re impatient by nature, so we think we’ll go down to the permit office and start whip cracking.