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Respect Your Universe to Make Bricks-and-Mortar Debut
December 12, 2013

Portland, Ore.-based active lifestyle apparel brand Respect Your Universe Inc. (RYU) will open its first-ever flagship store in downtown Seattle. The retailer has signed a five-year lease with General Growth Properties Inc. for the store, which is located at Westlake Center. Designed in partnership with Los Angeles-based architect and retail strategist Richard Altuna, the store’s design will be aimed at creating a unique retail shopping experience that inspires passion for its brand, customer engagement and ease of shopping. RYU anticipates that the 2,082-sq.-ft. flagship will open in late December 2013 for the holidays and will undergo a transition into the full flagship design in time for the grand opening in late-March 2014.