Aritzia, women’s fashion retailer, to lease Mag Mile space

Chicago’s Wonderful Mile fell on tough periods even prior to COVID-19 slammed the retail sector, but a new lease at just one of its leading homes will bring again some spark.

Aritzia, a Vancouver-centered women’s trend boutique, agreed to occupy 46,000-sq.-toes at 555 N. Michigan Ave., a person of the number of free-standing properties on the Magnificent Mile and the previous dwelling of The Gap, which shut down in 2021.

The offer not only fills just one of the street’s most outstanding storefronts, it is the major lease transaction in practically a ten years, according to CBRE’s Luke Molloy, who along with colleagues Danny Jacobson, Steve Ansani, and Cliff Vann, represented the assets operator, Dublin-dependent ECA Funds, in the transaction.

But a person lease won’t get rid of what ails the city’s critical shopping district.

“It’s a large win for the Impressive Mile and the town, but does it suggest all is nicely?” asked Molloy. “Absolutely not.”

This stretch of Michigan Avenue experienced other latest large losses, such as Macy’s, which shut its 170,000-square-foot flagship location in H2o Tower Spot in 2021.

In addition, home homeowners continue to be worried about the chance of better residence taxes due to reforms launched by Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi, Molloy reported. Worst of all, a series of high-profile crimes took place close by, like lethal shootings in Might at Millennium Park and a In close proximity to North Aspect McDonalds.

“Those two aspects weigh heavily on the ability to get specials completed,” he reported.

Molloy extra that until finally the town gets a cope with on the criminal offense challenge, and owners’ fears about the chance of greater home taxes are tackled, the blocks between the Chicago River and Oak Street may continue suffering.

“This is the biggest offer we have had on Michigan Ave. in a extensive time, and I hope there is extra to come, but it is not likely to transpire on its own,” he explained.

Aritzia designs to open up in 2023. It will be its fourth Chicagoland spot, which includes 1 in the nearby Gold Coastline at 923 North Rush St.

(Raquel Zaldivar / Chicago Tribune)

That keep is a huge success and helped persuade Aritzia that a Impressive Mile spot would thrive, Molloy say. And regardless of any troubles faced by the area retail sector, obtaining a globally regarded brand create by itself on Michigan Ave. could attract other people.

“There was levels of competition for this house,” he claimed. “I’m confident lots of other retailers will choose observe of this, and I have no question (Aritzia) will be the brightest star on the avenue by far.”