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Century 21 gears up for new store openings

New York – Regional department store chain Century 21, which first opened its doors in 1951, is expanding its presence into a new market this year.

The new location set to open this fall in Philadelphia will be followed by the opening of a second Brooklyn store in late 2015.

Long established in New York and New Jersey, Century 21’s current roster of stores comes to six – its flagship site in Lower Manhattan, Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, Westbury in Long Island, Morristown and Paramus in New Jersey, and Rego Park in Queens.

“We’re committed and signed for our new downtown Brooklyn location,” Stuart Weiss, divisional merchandise manager of linens, told H&TT. “And we think it will be ready to open in late 2015.”

The new stores are part of Century 21’s recent expanasion. In April 2013, its Manhattan store at 22 Cortlandt Street (between Church and Broadway) nearly doubled in size with the addition of three new floors. That brought the store to its current total square footage of more than 225,000 across six floors – one of them, the 20,000-plus square-foot basement, devoted solely to home.

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