A year ago, the Blue Lobster chain of specialty boutiques opened its first outlet in a shopping center in the suburbs of New York City.
It had an eclectic array of goods ranging from handbags to luxury shoes to designer clothing.
Now, the chain is trying to build on its success with its first specialty retail outlet in the U.S. and a second outpost in California, both of which have been under construction for more than a year.
Blue Lobsters has opened a second outlet in Washington, D.C., in 2019 and is looking to expand into Los Angeles and San Francisco, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The outlet is expected to open in early 2019.
Blue Lobsters will open two locations in the United States: in Washington and San Diego.
The company will also open a second location in Los Angeles.
Blue’s flagship store in New York, in the Flatiron District, has been a major fixture in the city’s arts and culture scene since the 1990s.
It opened in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenwich Village in 2007, and has become a destination for tourists.
But the store is undergoing a transformation as it tries to compete with upscale boutiques such as Urban Outfitters and Macy’s.
Blue plans to build a second branch of its boutique store in San Diego, opening in 2019, and a third branch in the Bay Area, opening sometime next year.
The store has been open since it opened in 2014.
In 2016, the store announced that it would expand to Los Angeles, a move that drew criticism from a variety of local politicians, who called for the closure of the Brooklyn store.
“The Blue Lobzys New York branch will open in 2019 to the public, but our Los Angeles branch will not,” Blue spokeswoman Jessica Daley said in an email to The Post.
“The Blue Loses LA and San Angeles.”
In May, the Manhattan borough president filed a lawsuit against the Brooklyn branch, accusing it of breaking an agreement to close the Brooklyn outlet within six months of opening.
The Manhattan Borough President’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco branch is still in the process of opening in 2018, the same year that Blue Lobshares Brooklyn store is set to open.
Macy’s opened its second outpost last fall in San Francisco’s Marina district.
On Tuesday, Macy’s announced plans to expand its San Francisco store into a more upscale destination with a new boutique store.
The chain is planning to open a flagship store that will include a cocktail bar, and it will also have a large collection of clothing and accessories, as well as a variety a range of shoes and apparel, according to a statement.
Although the San Diego and Los Angeles outlets have opened, the Los Angeles store is still expected to close by the end of the year.
The Blue Lion is owned by the United Kingdom’s Viscount Group, which also owns other specialty retail chains, such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Calvin Klein.
The New York store is being built by New York-based retail chain, Luxury Brands.
According to the company’s website, the flagship store is expected by the middle of 2019.