Century 21 Opens its First Store Outside Northeast

by Harry Sheff

New York-based off-price retailer Century 21 is opening an 85,000 sq. ft. store in South Florida — its first outside of the Northeast. The new store will open in Sawgrass Mills, an outlet mall near Miami in Sunrise, Fla., in fall 2016.

Century 21 storefront

“For more than 50 years, we’ve been a destination within the New York market for high-end fashion consumers seeking incredible values,” said Century 21 CEO Raymond Gindi. “As Sawgrass Mills has become one of the world’s most recognized and successful shopping destinations for people from around the corner and around the globe, the choice of where to locate was obvious when we made a decision to bring Century 21 to the Southeast to local, seasonal and international audiences.”

Privately held Century 21 was founded in 1961 by Al Gindi. The retailer is best known for its flagship store across the street from the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, a store that does a brisk tourist trade. Century 21 operates eight New York and New Jersey stores and opened a Philadelphia store last October.