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New York reopens its iconic custom-made clothing store

New York reopens its iconic custom-made clothing store

(New York) Survived 9/11 and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Century21, New York’s iconic department store for finding discount branded clothing, reopened its doors on Tuesday, in euphoria.

Customers lined up at 6 am, others came from far away and Hobby It is more stamped in front of this monumental work facing the new district of the World Trade Center in Manhattan than it is stamped upon entering the Sistine Chapel.

Under the red balloons and applause of the Gendy family, owners of this historic icon of New York mass distribution, the first customers cried out with joy, after three years of closure due to the health crisis.

“It means a lot to the people of New York. At the time of September 11th (2001), the store was closed and when it reopened everyone was so happy! So seeing it again after COVID-19 feels like a rebirth for New York and I’m excited to be back there to do some the shopping Jill Kaplan, 63, of Brooklyn is excited.

For women, men and children, you can find all the clothing and accessories at Century21, a company founded in 1961 and whose first store was born in Brooklyn. And you can find all the brands there such as Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Guess, Levi’s, Kate Spade, Helmut Lang…but in end stock and at unbeatable discount prices.

“You can find anything there.”

Melody White, 62, who came at 6 am from Queens, another popular and multicultural borough of New York, was “very upset when they closed. Because it’s the best store, you can find the best products and beautiful clothes. You can find anything there.” .

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Gil Kaplan was “much happier waiting in line for the opening of Century21 than doing it in the Sistine Chapel” in Rome.

“This is how happy I am!”.

Also all smiles, Century21 Vice President Eddie Gendy confirmed that May 16th was a “historic, amazing day,” more than 20 years after it was nearly vanished in the 9/11 attacks and the destruction of the World Trade Center. Center. And three years after closing in on bankruptcy due to the pandemic that brought New York to its knees in 2020 and 2021.

“We don’t take it for granted,” warned the entrepreneur.

New York Mayor Eric Adams, whose economic and tourist boom has made the big city the heart of his politics — despite inflation — was also celebrating, giving Gendy’s family a hug at this store that looks like a giant clothing fair.

When they had to close, he broke their hearts. They only thought about one thing: how to return, how to reopen, how to serve people? It was a fulcrum for our tourists, they came here and lined up to do some business the shopping And he was impressed with the good produce we had all over the place,” the city councilor launched.

For Mr. Gendy, reopening Century21 “rekindles the spirit of New York like no other company has. Because we are part of the fabric of the city,” one of the premier economic and commercial centers on the planet.