If you haven't been in Union Square lately, you may not know there's a new store being built inside the first floor at 240 Stockton. The building, owned by Bently Holdings (Christopher and Amber Marie Bently), and the plaque adjacent to the elevator banks says it's an Energy Star awarded building. What this means to potential tenants is they have to build green. Next door neighbor, Gucci, was looking to expand their store, and although the deal took some time, they are now doing their "first green build-out of any of their stores," says Amber Marie Bently. And supposedly they're very excited about the project.
When I asked Amber Marie about how the space would differ from the existing store, her first thoughts, being a jewelry designer, were about the jewelry department where she said they would be expanding. She then went on to explain that most couture retailers sell costume jewelry, whereas Gucci makes theirs with only 18k gold and quality gems.
Construction has been going on now for a while, but hopefully we'll see Gucci moving into the new space in June. It will be their new West Coast flagship store. So Gucci fans, start saving up - two more months.