Times Square offers the kind of high traffic, affluent demographics and easy transportation that would make any retailer drool. Some 100 million tourists and locals stroll past its storefronts every year. So what could be so challenging about marketing 16,982 sq.ft. of premium retail space? Simple, all the other world-class retailers who want a share of this $1.8 billion market.
The environment is fierce. With high-powered neighbors like Gap, H&M, Sephora and Skechers, any new tenant for 140W42 would have to embrace the 24/7 neon chaos that is Times Square. That tenant would have to have a progressive vision for a flagship store in what is simultaneously the most opportune and most challenging retail location in the world. The branding to reach that tenant had to be dramatic.
In Times Square, people expect flashy and respond to it. Square360 adopted the visual freneticism in an identity that’s bold, colorful, exciting and vibrant. Tactically, we developed a modular design system that allowed our client to micro-target major diverse retailers like Under Armour, Dell and Microsoft and strategically announced the space availability in Women’s Wear Daily, “the bible of fashion.”
Remember that flashy signage? 140W42 has its own — a 1,900-square-foot LED digital display. More than a selling point, Square360 turned it into a selling tool, using its dazzle to persuade prospects.