Fast-fashion giant H&M debuted a new retail concept, called COS, in London. With a sleek design by William Russell, the two-story, 4,860-sq.-ft. space has an upscale feel, with white walls, modernist wood and metals, minimal fixtures and lounge areas with Scandinavian-styled sofas. H&M plans to roll out another 10 COS shops this year, with locations set to open in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. (For additional photos of COS, visit Picture This at
Britain’s famed toy retailer Hamleys, founded in 1760, has retained Chute Gerdeman Retail, Columbus, Ohio, to design a new store prototype. The first store with the new look will open in Dubai next year. Chute Gerdeman also will translate the concept to Hamleys’ 45,000-sq.-ft. flagship on London’s Regent Street.
Marco Retail Group (MRG), Northville, Mich., has been relaunched as an independent company specializing in international retail strategy, planning and design (Nick Giammarco remains the creative principal). The company, formerly known as Cubellis Marco Retail, has dissolved its association with Cubellis Inc., Boston.… Callison, Seattle, has added a new service: Callison Real Estate Strategies will offer strategic business and real estate analysis and planning.