A New York City mainstay for over 60 years, retailer Century 21 was beloved by many for discounts on designer goods and a flagship store that spanned six buildings downtown. Still, all is not lost! The store announced a surprise return on their social media pages last February, followed by an exclusive announcement with more details in Women’s Wear Daily in May 2022!
And as of today, May 16, 2023, the store has officially reopened at its flagship location on Cortlandt Street across from the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.
“This is very exciting for us. This is a family business, founded by our father, so it’s not only a business decision, it’s an emotional one, too,” Raymond Gindi, co-CEO of Century 21, told the fashion outlet. “We also owe it to our customers. Keeping Century 21 going is something we have been pushing toward ever since we closed.”
Gindi also shared that the reincarnated store will be overseen by the company “Legends,” which runs retail and hospitality at locales like the MLB flagship on Sixth Avenue, Yankee Stadium and One World Observatory.
Legends will reportedly help them bolster their online presence as well as aid in a “more streamlined customer shopping experience through in-store upgrades.”
The new store is smaller than its original format, only spanning four floors.
The Century 21 website previously shared the following:
Never count out a New Yorker. In response to the outpouring of love from the Big Apple and the admiration of their loyal shoppers from around the world, Century 21 Stores announced they will officially relaunch the beloved institution. While the specifics of where and when are still being finalized, the plan has one goal in mind: to bring shopping joy to Century 21’s faithful local customers while introducing that very same excitement to new fans across the globe.
The Gindis, the family behind the icon, have always held true to the foundation upon which Century 21 was built: to deliver outstanding value to consumers. Following the bankruptcy, the Gindi family bought back the intellectual property of the Century 21 brand, ensuring that Century 21 Stores will continue to be a family-run business with a name synonymous with value and luxury.
They are determined to be a beacon of hope for the city and country.
Global expansion as well as the relaunch of the brand in New York and across the country will be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition to the return of this NYC staple, comes another iconic establishment expected to reopen this year: Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse.