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New York -- Tommy Bahama will open its first New York City location in October. Dubbed the Tommy Bahama “Manhattan Island,” the 8,500-sq.-ft. store will also include a bar and restaurant. It will be located in an Art Deco building on Fifth Avenue at 45th Street. The tropics-inspired lifestyle apparel retailer has covered the façade of its store with a barricade featuring imagery of a woman in a bathing suit holding a tropical drink on the 5th Avenue side, and a man alongside a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and grass on 45th Street side.

Tommy Bahama has signed a groundbreaking lease for the opening of its first Manhattan store at 551 First Avenue at 45th Street. The Seattle-based chain signed a 12-year lease agreement and will occupy 8,500 sq. ft. on the ground, mezzanine and basement levels of the renowned art deco Fred F. French building that is owned and managed by The Feil Organization.

Seattle-based Tommy Bahama Group Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Industries Inc., recently announced plans to open a Manhattan store, according to WSJ.com. The island-inspired retail chain has signed a 12-year lease for a 8,500-sq.-ft. space in the Art-Deco Fred F. French Building on Fifth Avenue at 45th Street. The company hopes to open the new store by the end of 2011. "With the strength of our brand in diverse locations across the country, we feel there has never been a better time for us to open a store in Manhattan," said Terry Pillow, CEO of Tommy Bahama.

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