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NEW YORK CITY-Columbus Circle’s mega mixed-use development, soon to be the home of AOL Time Warner and a Mandarin Oriental hotel, has added three high-end retail outlets to its roster, totaling 8,500 sf. The recently inked leases include a Rande Gerber bar and lounge, a Stuart Weitzman fashion boutique and a Tourneau luxury watch shop. Terms of the leases are not being disclosed.

Gerber’s latest nightlife venue garnered the most square-footage out of the three new commitments at the AOL time Warner Center. This high-class lounge will command 5,500 sf within the new complex coined The Shops at Columbus Circle. “I’m taking a slightly different approach with this venture,” says Gerber, noting the design “will be bit more sophisticated and elegant, while still maintaining a chic and sexy lounge that our guests expect from us.”

Gerber’s Midnight Oil Company is known for its trendy bar scenes, several of which are located in Manhattan hotels. In all, the company has developed 20 properties throughout the US.

Also adding to center’s posh appeal will be the new Westside flagship for Tourneau. This pricey watch retailer inked a lease for 1,200 sf on the ground floor of the Columbus Circle shopping center.

Famed fashion designer Stuart Weitzman will also be adding his name to luxury retail center, inking a lease for a 1,800 sf ground floor location. The store will add to the designer’s other Manhattan locales and will open–along with the complex–in the fall of 2003.

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