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Saks Fifth Avenue

Greenwich, CT



Opening on the site of a former Woolworth's, this store marks the upscale retailer's entry into the “Main Street” shopping movement. Store design by New York City's WalkerGroup/CNI, was designed to blend with the surroundings in historic Greenwich. Warm materials (such as cherry woods) in classic styles give the store the Saks character while melding it with the surrounding community. The centerpiece is a grand stairway, made of marble with a decorative bronze handrail, and lit by a 7-ft. bronze chandelier. Two of the store's front windows were designed to allow pedestrian traffic to see inside the store, enhancing the Main Street flavor.

Design: WalkerGroup/CNI, New York City.

Fixtures: Suss Woodcraft, Quebec City, P.Q.; Vira Manufacturing, Rahway, N.J.; and Edron Fixture Corp., Miami.

Flooring: Innovative Marble, Hauppauge, N.Y., and Cathedral Marble, Long Island City, N.Y. (marble); Invision/J&J Industries, Dalton, Ga., and Masland Carpets, Mobile, Ala. (carpet).

Lighting: Lightolier, Secaucus, N.J.; Lucifer Lighting Co., San Antonio, Texas; Baldinger, Astoria, N.Y.; and Boyd, San Francisco.


Decorative stair railing: Metalmorphosis Studios, Sodus, N.Y.



MasterClass: ‘Re-Sparkling’ Retail: Using Store Design to Build Trust, Faith and Brand Loyalty

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