Muji Expands Garment District Office Space



Muji U.S.A., the American branch of the popular Japanese clothing and home goods retailer, is taking more office space near Times Square.

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The multinational chain just doubled its corporate office space at 250 West 39th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Garment District. After a decade in the building, it renewed its lease for another 10 years and plans to expand to 6,250 square feet on the second floor, from its current 2,900 square feet, according to Crain’s New York Business, which reported on the lease. Asking rent was $49 per square foot, a source close to the deal told Commercial Observer.

Chris Okada of Okada & Company represented Muji in the deal. Catharine O’Toole and Gregory Gang of CBC Advisors represented the landlord, Qatari real estate investment firm Alduwaliya Asset Management. Alduwaliya purchased the 17-story office building for $123.5 million in December 2015.

O’Toole confirmed the details of the lease. Okada declined Commercial Observer’s request for comment, but he told Crain’s: “All we hear about is how bad the retail market is doing these days but this is an example of a retailer that is doing well and growing. They have great products, they’re doing well internationally and they’ve made the right moves pushing sales heavily online and through social media.”

Muji currently operates five stores stores in New York City. It has outposts in Times Square, Chelsea, Soho, Greenwich Village, and on Fifth Avenue, and it recently announced plans to open its first Brooklyn store at 200 Wythe Avenue in North Williamsburg.