Retailer Gap's Harajuku flagship was more than just a storefront. It was the litmus test of trends, where you will see dozen of "street shots" photographers and "coolhunters" on a daily basis. Situated between 2 of the busiest avenues in Harajuku, it was a market indicator, a gauge on the Japan's often-volatile economy. It came no surprise to many then, at the store's sudden closure in 2009. (It has since moved to a larger location nearby)
Preparation is nowunderway at the location once again as the developer Tokyu Land Corp. unveiled its plan for the famous Harajuku corner on Jingumae and Omotesando, a multi level retail plaza which will include flagship stores for American Eagle Outfitters, TOMMY HILFIGER, and newcomer AZUL by moussy. Designed by architect Hiroshi Nagamura & NAP, the new structure will include a plaza, not on the ground level however, but instead on its second floor rooftop. The building is slated to open by March 2012.