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Ann Gish NYC store is expanding

New York--The Ann Gish retail store in Manhattan is expanding, having recently acquired retail space adjacent to its location in the 150 Fifth Avenue building.

Gish opened her 4,000-sq.-ft. retail store, wholesale showroom and design studio in 2011 following a complete redesign and renovation of the space at 4 West 20th St. “We are taking the store next door and expanding west, adding another 2,000 square feet, increasing our selling space to 6000 square feet, " she told H&TT sister publication Home Accents Today.

The expansion will add more window space to the store’s street level presence in the Flatiron District, and includes plans for a larger design studio. “A lot of our customers are designers and we want to make it really easy for them to one-stop shop; the extra space will also enable us to have more product here for delivery the next day.”

“We got the space July 15, we’ve got our building permits, and demolition starts tomorrow,” she added. “The prior tenants, a photo-printing business, left everything, so we called all these schools and non-profits to come get the good equipment, photo enlargers… and tons of photographic paper.”

The project will be completed by the end of September.

Though the company maintains a separate warehouse offsite, the store serves as Gish’s main office and is where she spends most of her time. “I love having this store; I get to do a lot of stuff I want without thinking about the consequences -- which you can’t do when you’re making a ton of something.”

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