Urban Outfitters matches Market Square vibe

Urban Outfitters matches Market Square vibe

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The trendy clothing and accessory retailer spans three floors of the newly renovated Arnstein Building. The trendy clothing and accessory retailer spans three floors of the newly renovated Arnstein Building.
Urban Outfitters targets 18 to 34 year olds and hopes to bring people from all over the East Tennessee area. Urban Outfitters targets 18 to 34 year olds and hopes to bring people from all over the East Tennessee area.
Although it's a chain store, the vibe of Urban Outfitters matches the rest of Market Square. Although it's a chain store, the vibe of Urban Outfitters matches the rest of Market Square.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The mannequins are dressed, the shelves are stocked, and Urban Outfitters is ready for its grand opening.

The much-anticipated opening in Market Square is just two days away.

There was hesitation from some local businesses when the announcement first came that a national retailer would be coming to Market Square, but already the trendy retailer is working to make a home here in Knoxville and those businesses are welcoming them with open arms.

"We want to be involved with the community, we want to be a part of the growth of Knoxville," said Justin Van Laeken, the district manager for Urban Outfitters.  

The retailer is already making home in the community by donating a portion of its opening weekend sales.

"One of the things we like to do is pick a local charity that we think exemplifies what our brand represents and we found Joy of Music School," Van Laeken said.  

The trendy clothing and accessory retailer spans three floors of the newly renovated Arnstein Building.

"For the first time in a long time all four corners of the square have active businesses in them," said Rick Emmett, the downtown coordinator for the City of Knoxville.

The city certainly has hopes for the store's success. A quarter of a million dollars in city funds has been invested in the store.

For its part, Urban Outfitters guarantees it will remain at the location for at least five years.

Emmett says Urban Outfitters is the next phase in downtown development.

"If you look at Charleston and some of the other large cities I think that is the one ingredient that we haven't been able to get just yet is more retail," he explained.

Urban Outfitters targets 18 to 34 year olds and hopes to bring people from all over the East Tennessee area. That's something local shop owners couldn't be happier about.

"I think they're going to bring a neat crowd down here that wouldn't come down here as often," said Courtney Coffey, the owner of Rococo Boutique, a shop just across the street from Urban Outfitters.

Although it's a chain store, the vibe of Urban Outfitters matches the rest of the square.

"It teeters that line for me because it is still all about art," Coffey explained.

As the remainder of empty buildings fill up, city officials and business owners say this is a step in the right direction.

"It's on the square, buts it's on the outskirts of the square," Coffey points out. "So may be we'll just start spreading out downtown and maybe we'll have a wider variety of places to go and places to shop."

Urban Outfitters opens Thursday, May 2, at 10 am.

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