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Dior takes rare two-level spot at Highland Park Village that Ralph Lauren vacated

Under the new generation of owners, the Dallas shopping center has gained a few two-level spaces.

The big buzz around Highland Park Village is about the large space that became available last month when Ralph Lauren moved out of the two-level building it had occupied since 1978.

The rare space is going to Christian Dior. A total remodel will take a while, and the new Dior store may not open until next year.

Dior will move from its small boutique space between Fendi and Moncler on the shopping center’s south side. Dior hasn’t yet responded to a request for information.

Dior moved into Highland Park Village in 2013, taking the former Cooter’s Village Camera space. It was part of a new wave that included Alexander McQueen joining the already impressive list of designer boutiques including Harry Winston and Beretta.

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Those were the early years of new owners Ray and Heather Washburne and Stephen and Elisa Summers. When they bought the property in 2009, the couples became only the third owners of the shopping center, which was built in 1931. Since then, the team has refined the mix with more exclusive shops including Goyard, Fendi, Tom Ford, and most recently Moncler.

Ralph Lauren has moved into the former Village Theater space, and its home goods moved just south of Knox on Cole Avenue. The former Ralph Lauren space is no longer the only two-level store in the shopping center.

Under the new generation of owners, Hermès gained a second level and a lot more space, expanding to 10,000 square feet from 1,500.

This is the exterior of the former Ralph Lauren store, which closed in February and moved into repurposed space in the former Village Theater. The movie theater has been closed since the start of the pandemic.(Highland Park Vlllage)

Rag & Bone is in a two-level space across from Café Pacific.

Van Cleef & Arpels moved out of Neiman Marcus at NorthPark Center in 2021 and into a two-level 2,600-square-foot store in Highland Park Village.

Chanel’s former space — in the shopping center’s building with Park House Dallas private social club — is being remodeled into a two-level, 11,500-square-foot store. For the last year or so, Chanel has been in temporary space that was vacated by Anthropologie, which moved to Knox Street.

Chanel and Dior will be across from each other when the work is done.

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