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Cupid must have aimed his arrow directly at Barneys' publicity-loving rear — and we're shamelessly hot for it, which is why, hot on the heels of our warehouse-sale live blog, we're writing about the damn place again. Racked reports the chain is opening a store in the scary retail megaplex that is the meatpacking district:
[T]he upscale department store thisclose to signing a lease for an outpost on West 13th Street between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street. Anywhere on this block is ideal for Barneys; it's removed from the mainstream madness of West 14th Street, and one tiny little block from the front doors of Andre Balazs' new Standard Hotel, projected to open sometime in 2009.
Ah, right in the middle of the wealthy, trendy folk, yet nicely removed from those tourists not quite wealthy or trendy enough to stay in the Standard. We guess if they have to go to the MePa, this is the ideal spot. Come to think of it, we don't really know why it took so long for them to get over there. Jeffrey's not necessarily big enough to run that schoolyard anymore, y'know?