Troy’s Somerset Collection expanding Gucci store for women, adding men’s store

Gucci is expanding its footprint in the Somerset Collection shopping mall in Troy.

A spokesperson for the luxury retailer confirmed Monday that it is opening a new men’s store and its current store that, according to its website, sells things like handbags, jewelry, shoes and beauty products is expanding into women’s clothing.

The expansion is taking place in mid summer through fall this year, the spokesperson said.

“Thirty years ago, we welcomed Gucci to Somerset Collection, and the thriving demand for the brand lead to their desire to expand their footprint and merchandise offering,” Nathan Forbes, managing partner of Southfield-based Forbes Co., which owns Somerset Collection, said in a statement.

“Our significant portfolio of luxury retailers, and their success, serves as a testament to the strength of exceptional retail at Somerset Collection.”

According to another Forbes Co. spokesperson, Louis Vuitton tripled its footprint in the mall last year and Hermès’ first Michigan store opened there last year, as well. Burberry Ltd. added a second store for children’s clothing, Tiffany & Co. redesigned its store, Aritzia Inc. opened in a new location in the mall and Ralph Lauren returned before the holiday season. 

CoStar Group Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based real estate information service, says the existing Gucci location is 2,750 square feet.

Details on the size of the expansion and contractors involved were not released.

The retailer also confirmed on Friday that it is opening a location in downtown Detroit this summer.

Although the spokesperson did not identify the Detroit location or provide additional details, Detroit public records say the store is opening in the Dan Gilbert-owned building at 1274 Library St. across the street from the under-construction development on the former site of the J.L. Hudson’s department store.

That site is also just a block south of a rotating Somerset Collection retail installation in the Element Detroit hotel in the Metropolitan Building at 33 John R.

Gucci is headquartered in Italy and owned by fashion conglomerate Kering Group.

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