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Topshop to oust Banana Republic at the Grove

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Topshop, the UK retailer with a worldwide following, will be assuming power at the Grove in Los Angeles on the corner currently occupied by Banana Republic.

Expect an early-morning, Apple store-eque lineup when the 25,000-square-foot store opens its doors (hopefully) in November 2012. Fashion website Refinery 21 predicts "some die-hard sartorialists will even tent up overnight" in anticipation of the company's "on-trend, fairly priced wares."

Though slated to open in time for the holiday shopping season, the British fashion chain may not actually see lights-on until February 2013 should any unexpected issues arise, said developer Rick Caruso, notes the L.A. Times.

Caruso said he'd been negotiating for two years with Topshop owner Sir Philip Green for a Los Angeles location.

Banana Republic will be moving to a smaller kingdom in the mall.

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