A sign hangs above Macy's in the Magnificent Mile shopping district on August 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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October 28, 2014 10:10 AM EDT

For the first time in 156 years, Macy’s department store will take its iconic red star overseas, launching its first foreign branch in an upscale shopping center in Abu Dhabi.

The shopping center will also host the world’s second overseas Bloomingdales, according to the property developers backing the project, Gulf Related and Al Tayer Group. Associated Press reports that the shopping center will be located on Al Maryah Island, a booming construction zone which has been slated to be the city’s central business district.

The center’s grand opening is scheduled for spring 2018, and the first sale (presumably) shortly thereafter.


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