American Eagle Outfitters to Sell Bluenotes
Warrendale, Pa., American Eagle Outfitters has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Bluenotes retail apparel business to a private company controlled by Michael Gold, owner of YM Inc., a Canadian retail company.
“With the sale of Bluenotes, we can now devote our attention to expanding the AE brand in the United States, Canada and worldwide. We are well-positioned to focus on the development of our next U.S. retail concept, which will drive additional growth,” said Jim O’Donnell, CEO, American Eagle Outfitters.
CBL Acquires Malls in Texas, Missouri
Chattanooga, Tenn., CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is spending $249.4 million to acquire Mall Del Norte in Laredo, Texas, and Northpark Mall in Joplin, Mo. At just under 1.2 million sq. ft., Mall Del Norte is currently 88% occupied and features Dillard’s, Foley’s, J.C. Penney, Mervyn’s and Sears as anchor tenants. Northpark Mall, which totals 991,100 sq. ft. and is currently 77% occupied, is anchored by Famous Barr, J.C. Penney, Sears and Hollywood Theaters.
New York Toy Story Will Unwrap on Thanksgiving
New York City, FAO Schwarz is unveiling its redesigned flagship store on Fifth Avenue at 58th Street in New York. City. The store is scheduled to open its doors at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. Its launch follows the Oct. 22 reopening of FAO Schwarz’s Las Vegas store, located within The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
“We are building on the store’s 142-year legacy, preserving the tradition of exceptional quality and service that has always defined FAO Schwarz while enhancing the store experience for a new generation,” said Jerry Welch, FAO Schwarz’s CEO. “At the same time, our new Web site and the FAO Schwarz catalog give us additional channels to reach customers across the globe.”
The store, which was redesigned in collaboration with the Rockwell Group, features a breathtaking Grand Hall adorned with more than 20,000 computer-controlled colored lights, a giant dance-on piano keyboard, and “FAO Schweetz,” a classic New York ice-cream parlor serving desserts.
FAO Schwarz was founded by Frederick August Otto Schwarz, who opened his first store in Baltimore in 1862 and relocated to lower Manhattan in 1870. The New York City flagship store moved to its current location in 1986.