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Posts Tagged ‘Galleria Edina’

Confirmed: Louis Vuitton at Galleria

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The rumors have been swirling for more than a year and finally, it is confirmed: Louis Vuitton will open a store at the Galleria in Edina in spring 2010. (No word yet on what, if anything, this means for LV's downtown boutique within Macy's.) The Twin Cities loves it some LV – this has always been a strong market for the designer brand – and one of the few the picky, logo-sensitive Galleria has been after for a long time. Quite a coup!

Uber Baby responds

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

I know the owners of Uber Baby were hurt by my Dec. 19 blog entry and I feel bad about that – I have nothing but respect for Dan and Lynne Gonsior. They are the kind of local retailers the Twin Cities need: always willing to take a risk, always ready with a fresh idea. Which makes it that much tougher to be critical, but it's my job to be honest and unbiased. I try to approach every shopping experience as the shopperthat I am and as a shopper, I've found myself disappointed by Uber Baby lately. The Gonsiors say business at the Galleria has dictated many of the changes customers have noticed. They offer some interesting behind-the-scenes insights. The store owner's job is not an easy one – especially these days. As I said in my original entry, I wish them the best and look forward to more great things from Uber Baby next year.

Allison:

Here are a few of our comments regarding your blog dated December 19, 2008.

The poor customer service you received at our store has already been addressed and we do apologize, poor service is not acceptable..
The mom and stroller traffic that you mentioned is mainly in the morning and very few if any are there to shop.
When speaking about the merchants at the mall to support our concept, we were mostly speaking about stores that support a demo of 25y.o-45y.o.
Mall traffic in the evenings is non existent. Management will tell you traffic is up over last year and we believe that is due to Crate & Barrel.  What we see are people using the separate entrance to Crate's store and leaving right after visiting that store.
When we first moved in the Galleria wanted maternity only. We discovered not enough customers are willing to support a high-end maternity boutique. We do very well  with maternity at our outlet store.  We have decided being able to give our customers a great deal on maternity the focus will be at the outlet in that category.
We opened Über Baby Galleria in what was part of Expecting Uber Baby. Not the Über Baby look or feel. We decided this fall, that the Galleria was not the right fit for Über Baby, daily and evening traffic was almost non existent and our main demographics were not shopping this mall.
We decided to limit our fall inventory given the poor sales and traffic at the Galleria. 
We acknowledge that the store does not have the exact same feel as our original store.  We are very excited to move on and go back to what made Uber Baby so successful.
So for now we are going to open a smaller Über Baby express store within our outlet. We will be opening a new 2000-3000 s.f. flagship store in the fall of 2009. 
These comments come from 15 months of daily observations and feedback from other merchants and customers. 
– Dan & Lynne Gonsior, Founders of Über Baby.

Galleria expansions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Bumped into Galleria execs doing a bit of pre-shopping at StyledLife on Tuesday. They were gushing over the hats, the bags, the jewels and I must admit, so was I. The store opens Thursday (right across from Tiffany’s), and it’s a sure hit. Saw many pieces I wish I could afford – a spectacular $500 jeweled flower bracelet Carrie Bradshaw would have forfited her rent check for, some grommeted brown leather bags at the same price point. But I was pleased to see that owner Kevin Quinn is sensitive to the current economy. He’s added Hillary Radley (yes, the coat maker) bags – super chic at around $200; some amazing chunky silver necklaces and bracelets for less than $200; a must-have long, drapey sweater for $148 that I want to wear all winter long; and the earring bar, with prices around $40.
It’s no wonder the powers that be at Galleria are celebrating with a bit of shopping, in addition to getting StyledLife (they weren’t the only mall in town to vie for store number two), four expansions are in the works. Oh Baby! will be a traffic nightmare no more when it moves to a sprawling spot across from BCBG next spring, broadens its assortment for infants and toddlers and adds bedroom accessories. Sister store Scandia Down is also moving to the BCBG cooridor with a larger space to showcase its luxury European bed and bath lines. L’Occitane is also doubling its size, as is InVision optical.

Coach coup

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

If you’re getting bored with the same ol’ Coach assortment, try the Galleria location, which was just upgraded to a “fashion store.” That means they’ll be carrying higher priced and more exclusive bags, jewelry and watches. You won’t find that merchandise at other Coach stores in the Twin Cities.

BCBG Max Azria at Galleria

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

You won’t have to go to Macy’s for BCBG Max Azria. The popular and accessible fashion line will open its first stand-alone shop at the Galleria in Edina in April. Finally! It will be located near the new Crate & Barrel store, which is opening in March. And stay tuned for additional announcements – there are two more storefronts to be filled in Galleria’s new Crate & Barrel atrium. Look for more details on the BCBG shop – and what it means for the BCBG boutiques in select Twin Cities Macy’s stores – in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


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