Posted by meb at April 15th, 2011

The U.S.-based Abercrombie&Fitch, a clothing retailer known for having half-naked male shop assistants greet customers at the door of its New York City branch, and its subsidiary Hollister are looking for the right place to open their first store in Istanbul.

The two brands are searching to secure space at İstinye Park, a stylish shopping mall in the city’s Maslak district.

The brands aim to open their first store after the end of 2012, Hakan Kurt, the general manager of the mall, said Tuesday at a retailers’ award ceremony in Istanbul.

“Still, we face some difficulties to create free space in the mall. Our only hope is turn over of some current renters,” he said.

The famous textile brand H&M opened its second store in Turkey in Ä°stinye Park earlier this month.

The company runs stores in the United States, Japan, England, Denmark and Italy.

Abercrombie&Fitch is among the mostly imitated fashion brands in Turkey.