Christmas Decorations Installed For Vacant Window Displays On Fifth Ave

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — Some vacant stores along New York City’s luxury shopping corridor will be dressed for Christmas as if retailers had never left.Even thought retailers like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren are no longer The Wall Street Journal reports that a merchants’ association has installed nostalgic holiday window displays in four vacant stores along Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan.Jerome Barth of the Fifth Avenue Association says the group wants shoppers strolling between Central Park and Rockefeller Center to see an uninterrupted stretch of holiday cheer.Tourists crowd the avenue every holiday season to see the elaborate decorations at stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Cartier.But New York City has seen an increase in vacant storefronts in recent years. The city comptroller’s office says the retail vacancy rate climbed to 5.8% in 2017 from 4% in 2007.