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Urban Outfitters expanding its Orlando presence

Urban Outfitters will soon be readying space on East Buena Vista Drive for its first Free People store in Orlando
Urban Outfitters will soon be readying space on East Buena Vista Drive for its first Free People store in Orlando

Orlando's East Buena Vista Drive has caught the eye of trendy retailer Urban Outfitters, which is putting two of its concept stores on the busy roadway and seeking bids for their construction.

The duo includes Free People, which will be Urban Outfitter's first in Orlando, and Anthropologie, the second for Orlando. Urban Outfitters operates an Anthropologie at the Mall of Millenia.

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Anthropologie and Free People are both looking to start construction early next year, with bids due for Free People Dec. 11, and Anthropologie, Dec. 16. The estimated start date for construction of Free People is Feb. 1. Work is expected to begin for Anthropologie Jan. 11.

Creating the Anthropologie store is expected to cost $400,000. Free People is estimated at half that amount.

Free People will be located at 1516 E. Buena Vista Dr., directly between Walt Disney World Resort Disney Springs and Anthropologie will be in building 15 at 1668 E. Buena Vista Dr. The stores will be within half a mile of each other.

Urban Outfitters is using the same general contractor for both projects, Murray Costello Construction of Ft. Myers. The retailer is also using the same architect, NewStudio Architecture LLC and the same engineer, Hallberg Engineering.

Calls to Urban Outfitters and companies involved in the construction were not returned.
Free People targets after women with apparel, accessories and shoes that have a Bohemian bent.

Anthropologie offers women's clothing, accessories and home décor.

Parent Urban Outfitters skews all of its stores and merchandise toward 18-year-olds to 30-year-olds.

The retailer has seen increasing competition from fast fashion brands like H&M, Zara and Forever 21, which has slowed foot traffic through its stores.

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