This past Sunday, the new Polo store opened on the South side of Troy, Michigan's Somerset Collection. Opening day was packed, and I never realized how many attractive people and families were in the area . . . The store is two levels, but the top floor is relatively small, and devoted to the home collection. They did a nice job on the surroundings, typical RL, and resembles a slightly toned down version of the Chicago store. There's a decent amount of accessories, ties, purple label clothing, and even luggage (including a very nice lid-over-body briefcase that caught my eye). The shoe selection is limited, a few English made and more Italian made (plus what I'd call novelty loafers). One salesperson confided that they were hoping to get a more and better shoes in . . . although I have to tell you, looking at the Polo C&J cap-toes, I had forgotten what a handsome shoe those really are. I was also a tad disappoionted with the selection of dress shirts, but in all fairness, I thought the same during recent visits to Chicago and NY. For those of you in the Detroit area, you'll find a lot of the area's longtime and better retail professionals (from the old Polo store, Claymore, etc.) are working at the new Polo store, along with some pleasant new faces. In fact, the salespeople, with the exception of this one guy that came from Neiman's whom I've never particularly cared for, are an asset to the store. There was one odd moment during my visit when a saleswoman up in the home store asked me in a rather affected tone, if the room I was standing in was "me", or if one of the other rooms was "me" . . . I almost responded that "the exit was me". So all in all, a nifty place for the area, I hope it does well. You won't find anything new or unexpected, but I guess we all think of RL as sort of an old standard or standby, which can be awfully comfortable at times. I can't help but wonder how much of an impact this will have on the nearby Claymore Shop or the newly remodeled Brooks Brothers right next door.
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11/22/04 at 1:27pm