Last month I wrote an article entitled: "Amazon Opens 100 Brick-and-Mortar Stores While Target Goes Small Format". As the headline implies, Amazon was was making a very prescient move from digital into physical retailing. Now we learn from the New York Post that Home Shopping Network (HSN) and QVC are planning to open stores in the Big Apple.
The article by Lois Weiss, "QVC, HSN shop for touching space", reports that Amazon, HSN, QVC and Target are all looking for retail space in the W. 34th street area which is around Macy's and heading west. There is a great quote in the article by Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of Douglas Elliman Retail. “Everyone wants to touch the customer,” she states and it is something we all need to remember. It's just that we have to give them something they really want to touch.
With that in mind, I met this morning with Scott Brown, Chief Merchant for Marbles the Brain Store. He was in town to check out the company's 39th store which has opened in the World Trade Center Mall, right under the new Oculus Transportation Hub. Next time you are in the city, check it out as the mall lies right under the Freedom Tower.
Isn't it ironic that while Marbles, Apple, Amazon, QVC, HSN and Target all pick up locations in Manhattan, Toys R Us and FAO Schwarz have exited. Lots going on here in Manhattan?