For more than half a century, the NYC-born Century 21 discount department store has been a mecca for the deal-hunting masses who come in search of designer goods at deeply discounted rates. Merchandise is priced at up to 65 percent off of retail rates, with high-end fashion items leading the charge. Patrons (both deal-dazzled tourists and devout locals alike) flock to shop for clothing (for women, men, and children), footwear, outerwear, lingerie, and fashion accessories (including handbags).
There's also a home goods department. Here's the lowdown on maximizing your shopping experience at Century 21's Manhattan stores:
Where Is Century 21 Located in NYC and What Are Their Hours?
Century 21 has two locations in Manhattan, including its Downtown headquarters in the Financial District, and a newer Lincoln Square outpost that debuted in 2012. The chain also has other locations in Brooklyn (their original store was founded in Bay Ridge), Long Island, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. New-for-2016 locations include another location in Brooklyn and a store debut in Florida.
Their Downtown store is located across the street from the World Trade Center site at 22 Cortlandt Street (btwn Broadway & Church St.); they can be reached by phone at 212-227-9092. Store hours are 7:45am–9pm (Mon–Wed), 7:45am–9:30pm (Thu–Fri), 10am–9pm (Sat), and 11am–8pm (Sun).
The Lincoln Square store, on the Upper West Side, is located at 1972 Broadway (btwn 66th & 67th sts.); contact them at 212-518-2121.
Lincoln Square hours are 10am–10pm (Mon–Sat) and 11am–8pm (Sun).
What Does Century 21 NYC Sell?
In the massive, multi-level Downtown store (with six selling floors) and smaller Lincoln Square location (not too far behind, with five levels of retail), racks of deeply discounted apparel tout options with labels from top American and international designers, for men, women, and children (look for Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Vera Wang, and more).
Shoes, coats, suits, lingerie, and accessories are also up for grabs—be prepared to dig through discount racks in search of hidden treasure. Note that many of the collections are from last season (or earlier). In the Downtown location, housewares are available, too, including designer bedding (from brands like DKNY, Hugo Boss, etc.). Across the department store, new merchandise arrives daily.
What Kind of Deals Can I Expect at Century 21 NYC?
Penny-pinching fashionistas rejoice: some reported finds from top designers have included a Gucci men’s suit for $300, Moschino women’s leather gloves for $75, Stella McCartney sunglasses for $40, and DKNY men’s suede loafers for $80. The store advertises discounts at as much as 65 percent off, though you might find merchandise marked down even further.
Debuted in November 2014, Downtown's C21·EDITION concept store serves as premium annex to Century 21's department store. Shoppers can expect an elevated shopping experience here, with luxury designer fashions on sale. Look out for private sales and events, and special collaborations with designers. The 3,100-square-foot, three-level space is more boutique than department store.
The shop is located at 21 Dey St. (at the corner of Church St.); hours are 7:45am–9pm (Mon–Wed), 7:45am–9:30pm (Thu–Fri), 10am–9pm (Sat); 11am–8pm (Sun); contact them at 212-227-9092.
For more info, visit c21stores.com.