The idea of a flagship store is more than one hundred years old.In the past, it was often a company's biggest store ― one in their first or most famous location. For example, Macy's and Tiffany's have flagship stores in New York City.But Americans' shopping customs are changing.As a result, companies are closing more flagship stores in well-known shopping areas in the United States.For example, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Lord & Taylor and Polo Ralph Lauren have recently closed their flagship stores on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.The store closures are a result of increasing rent prices and increasing levels of online shopping, experts say.The latest victim to the changes could be Barneys New York. It opened its 10-story Madison Avenue store in 1993.Barneys became a cultural icon in luxury shopping but now risks closure.Joseph Aquino runs a real estate services firm. "We are in the phase where a lot of younger shoppers don't want to go to the high street.
旗舰店的概念已经有一百多年的历史了。过去，旗舰店通常是一家公司最大的门店――第一家门店或者最知名地段的店面。例如，梅西百货和蒂芙尼在纽约都有旗舰店。但是美国人的购物习惯正在改变。因此，多家公司正在逐步关闭美国知名购物区的旗舰店。例如，最近Gap、汤米・希尔费格(Tommy Hilfiger)、Lord & Taylor和Polo Ralph Lauren纷纷关闭了位于曼哈顿第五大道的旗舰店。专家表示，关闭这些商店是租金上涨和网上购物水平提高导致的。最新的受害者可能是纽约巴尼百货公司。1993年，该公司在麦迪逊大道开设了10层楼高的门店。巴尼百货成为奢侈品购物领域的文化标志，但如今却面临倒闭的风险。约瑟夫・阿基诺（Joseph Aquino）经营着一家房地产服务公司。“我们正处在许多年轻消费者不愿逛商业街的阶段。