(New York) It survived September 11 and the COVID-19 pandemic: Century21, New York’s iconic department store to find brand-name clothing at discounted prices, reopened its doors in jubilation on Tuesday.
Customers lined up as early as 6 am and some came from far away a fan Facing the new district of the World Trade Center in Manhattan is more stamped in front of this massive business than when entering the “Sistine Chapel”.
With red balloons and applause from owner Gindi’s family, this historic New York landmark mass distribution, the first customers to close after three years due to a health crisis, screamed with joy.
“It means a lot to New Yorkers. During September 11th (2001), the store was closed and everyone was so happy when it reopened! So seeing it again after COVID-19 feels like a rebirth for New York and I’m glad to be back there to do some Shopping cheered Gayle Kaplan, 63, of Brooklyn.
For women, men and children, you can find all clothes 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 like Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Guess, Levis, Kate Spade, Helmut Lang…
“You’ll find anything there.”
“They were very, very upset when they closed,” said Melody White, 62, who arrived at 6 a.m. from Queens, another popular and multicultural borough in New York. As this is the best store, you can find the best products, beautiful clothes. You can find anything there.”
Gayle Kaplan is “much happier queuing for the opening of Century21” than doing it for the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
“How happy I am! “.
And Century21 Vice President Eddie Gindy assured that May 16 will be a “historic, incredible day,” 20 years after the September 11 attacks and the destruction of the two World Trade Towers almost disappeared. And three years after closing for bankruptcy in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic that brought New York to its knees.
“We don’t take it for granted,” warns the entrepreneur.
New York’s mayor, Eric Adams, who has made the economic and tourist revival of the megalopolis central to his policy — despite inflation — even celebrated by hugging the Gindi family at the store, which looks like a giant clothes display.
“When they had to close, it broke their hearts. They only thought about one thing: how to come back, how to reopen, how to serve the people? This is an anchor point for our tourists, they come here, line up to do some Shopping And admire the good products we have everywhere,” the city councilor began.
For Mr. Gindy, the relaunch of Century21 “rekindles the spirit of New York in a way that no other business can. Because we are part of the fabric of the city”, one of the first economic and commercial centers on the planet.