A startling amount of brands that started online or as delivery services are now turning to brick and mortar. This is surprising due to the amount of stores that are closing in the same areas in Center City. Recall our Now Trending in Urban Retail article, where we discussed the changing landscape of urban retail. Well, Philadelphia is now welcoming seven new retailers to their area.
Number of national stores: 44
Location: 1523 Walnut Street
As a digital native brand, Warby Parker pushed its way to brick and mortar. The new Center City location is immensely convenient for those in the Philadelphia and surrounding area. Last January the eyeglass wear company did a pop up shop in Fishtown. The pop-up was successful that the company decided to open a permanent store in the neighborhood.
Number of national stores: 5
Location: 1611 Walnut Street
The high end casual button down company, UNTUCKit, has locations in a few major cities and recently added Philadelphia to its list. Meant to be worn untucked, these shirts meet the standards of the laid back but high end Rittenhouse culture. The company was first run out of the founder’s bedroom in his Hoboken apartment, but has grown immensely. Similar to Rag & Bone, a neighboring store on Walnut, UNTUCKit is laid out like a showroom. Surprise, surprise, the retailer took over its new location once American Apparel terminated its lease.
Number of national stores:130
Location: 100 S Broad Street
A.C. Moore, an arts and crafts store predominantly found in the suburbs, opened its first ever city location in Philadelphia just a few months ago. We are seeing more and more companies primarily in the suburbs, adding urban locations. Target is another company that has started opening urban concept stores. High foot traffic on Broad and Chestnut is sure to benefit A.C. Moore’s new location, and meet the demand for art supplies from neighboring art students.
Number of national stores: 85
Location: 113 South 16th Street
Parent Company Equinox Fitness opened SoulCycle in 2006 in New York, but the company has spread nationwide. It’s no secret that Philly is getting more fit. Runners line the the Schuylkill and blocks of Center City at every hour of every day. SoulCycle’s presence is just what Philadelphia needs in its demand for a more active, healthy city. Last May, SoulCycle opened a location in Ardmore, making its Rittenhouse location the second in the Philadelphia area.
Number of national stores: 2,700
Location: 1717 Chestnut Street
A California based bakery announces it’s opening its first Philadelphia bakery. Paris Baguette is known for its pastries, sandwiches and coffee. Chestnut is a growing spot for quick food places for anyone on a lunch break.
VERTS Mediterranean Grill
Number of national stores: 20
Location: 1601 Market Street
Market Street now features VERTS Mediterranean Grill. VERTS is fast casual dining that lets you build your meal, similar to Chipotle, but Mediterranean cuisine. About 20 locations have opened since their start in 2011.
MOM’s Organic Market
Number of national stores: 18
Location: 34 South 11th Street
MOM’s anxiously awaited Center City opening is finally here. Starting as a food delivery service from the owner’s garage, MOM’s Organic Market has flourished with retail locations. Stores in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington DC count for the company’s success. The location features a 60 spot underground parking garage. The new demand for organic produce in Philadelphia can be seen with the opening of a second Whole Foods and now MOM’s Organic Market.