Gucci opening store in downtown Detroit this summer - Sachse Construction
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Gucci opening store in downtown Detroit this summer

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Gucci is opening a store in Detroit.

A spokesperson for the luxury retailer, which is headquartered in Italy and owned by fashion conglomerate Kering Group, confirmed the store will open this summer but would not give the location.

The spokesperson said additional details would be released at a future date. Things like store square footage, number of employees, contractors and build-out costs are not known.

However, a city website that lists site-plan reviews shows the store is to open in the Dan Gilbert-owned former L.B. King & Co. building at 1274 Library St., just down the block from Vincente Cuban Cuisine. A building permit was issued in December for the property.

The building is about 38,000 square feet at Library Street and East Grand River Avenue; Gilbert bought it in early 2015 for an estimated $2.7 million.

A message was sent to Gilbert’s Bedrock LLC real estate development company seeking comment Friday afternoon.
Job postings for a Gucci store director and lead client advisor in Detroit are posted on Indeed.com with a starting date of April 22.

A store in Detroit wouldn’t be the retailer’s only connection to the city.

Last year, Gucci teamed with Detroit fashion brand owner Tommey Walker to launch a line of “Vs Everybody” clothing in several other cities. They include Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The collaboration with Walker is part of Gucci’s Changemakers project, which involves donations to organizations in each city as part of the launch of the T-shirts, which cost $390 and are sold online and in flagship stores, Crain’s reported in March.

Confirmation of the new Gucci store comes a week after Under Armour shuttered its downtown Detroit location on Woodward Avenue, which opened about five years ago. Under Armour has closed locations in other cities over the last couple years.

Gucci already has a store inside Somerset Collection in Troy.

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