Most of us look forward to Thanksgiving Break for family, friends, food and, of course, a break from school before finals. But for some, it is not Turkey Day that is the best part of vacation — it is the day after. In preparation for Black Friday, check out the largest New York City locations for these popular retail stores. If you are not afraid of the crowds, venture out of the Village to shop at these spots.
666 Fifth Ave. at 53rd Street
This 89,000-square-foot flagship is not only the largest retail location on Fifth Avenue, but also the largest Uniqlo store in the world. With 100 dressing rooms and 50 cash registers, this location makes shopping stress-free, which will certainly be necessary on Black Friday. Even if you are not shopping on Black Friday, the store is worth checking out.
666 Fifth Ave. at 52nd Street
Neighbor to the Fifth Avenue Uniqlo, this Zara is definitely the one to visit. Spanning 32,000 square feet, taking up three floors, it is Zara’s largest U.S. outpost. It carries the full range of women’s, men’s and children’s collections, unavailable at other Zara locations.
589 Fifth Ave.
The world’s biggest H&M, and just a few blocks from Uniqlo and Zara, this retail store spans 57,000 square feet and features a luxurious interior with white marble walls, dark wood floors, chandeliers, leather furniture and even a shoe lounge. The store carries the full range of H&M collections, including the home collection, making it a one-stop shop for your entire holiday shopping list.
608 Fifth Ave.
Recently opened on Nov. 5 to great fanfare, this store is the brand’s second in New York City — the first opened in SoHo in 2009. Spanning 40,000 square feet, it is second largest only to the U.K.-based company’s London flagship. Expect the full range of collections for an all-encompassing inventory shopping experience.
Opened this summer, Urban Outfitters’ Herald Square location is the company’s largest store in the United States — if one can call it simply a store. The 57,000-square-foot retail space also holds an eyewear shop, hair salon, makeup department, vinyl record department and a coffee shop, in addition to the brand’s regular collections.
Located in Times Square, this Forever 21 redefines the meaning of massive. Open until 2 a.m. daily, the store is something more than simply a shopping experience. Housing menswear, children’s clothing and store exclusives in addition to the expected womenswear, the location features display cases dedicated to the neighborhoods of New York City. Expect every square foot of this store to be occupied on Black Friday.
A version of this article appeared in the Nov. 26, 2014 print edition. Email Sam Del Rowe at [email protected]