Spanish women's fashion chain Mango will open its US flagship store in New York's Soho quarter in the second half of 2007 and hopes to ring in the New Year with a total of eight US stores, just-style was told on Tuesday (September 19).

The 8,0000-sq-ft Soho shop will be located in Soho's historical Singer Building.

"It will also be one of our flagship shops in the world along with Prague and London," a Mango spokesman said.

Moreover, the company revealed that it opened its first US outlet in Costa Mesa, California, on 20 May.

Mango's Costa Mesa outlet measures 4,300 sq ft and is located in the city's South Coast Plaza mall.

The spokesman revealed that the company also rolled out a 4,300-sq-ft shop in Seattle, Washington, on 18 August and that it will open a new 3,200 shop in San Juan, Puerto Rico in early October.

Regarding its much-ballyhooed opening in Los Angeles, which was expected to mark the chain's US arrival, the spokesman said the venture has been delayed because of undisclosed reasons. He said the company hopes to open the store (in the Santa Monica Promenade shopping strip) by year end.

Mango's US expansion will focus mostly on the East and West Coast, the spokesman said.

He added that the chain continues to look for opportunities to mushroom up in Canada, where it has six stores, but that it has no plans to open further outlets this year.

By Ivan Castano.