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Asics to open in Chicago’s Bucktown area

BY Michael Fickes

Chicago — Athletic shoe and apparel retailer ASICS has signed a 5,254-sq.-ft. lease in Chicago’s Bucktown area. According to RKF, who represented the landlord, 1630 Damen LLC c/o Jenel Management Corporation in negotiations for the long-term lease, this will be Asics’ first store in the Midwest and third in the United States when it opens early next year.

Blatteis & Schnur represented Windsor Financial Group, an independent licensee of AsicsAmerica in negotiations.

The new Bucktown store will features 3,292 sq. ft. of retail space and an additional 1,962 sq. ft. on a lower level. The building is a three-story historic retail/residential building in the Bucktown/wicker Parke retail corridor.

Asics’ U.S. flagship is in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The retailer’s other U.S. location is in the Fashion Island Mall in Newport Beach.

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Whole Foods Market set to open new San Francisco store

BY Marianne Wilson

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Whole Food Market will open its seventh San Francisco location — and 31st in the Bay Area — on Nov. 6. The store is the company’s 31st in the Bay Area.

“We’ll have all our regular healthy and über-local food options, plus some cool new services like a shoeshine station, fresh cut-to-order honeycomb, a Paleo bar, an oyster shuck pop-up and a coffee bar close to the entrance, so it’s easy to grab a cup while you’re waiting for the bus,” said Paula Richmond, store team leader.

The 28,000-sq.-ft. store, located at the corner of Market and Dolores Streets, features eclectic, playful, yet refined and glamorous décor that complements the diverse urban neighborhood. Steel structures and plywood were used to make canopies, creating intimate interaction zones. Other features include retro acrylic shades, which are offset by the surrounding glass windows and steel beams, and top-hat-shaped lights. Stripes, Victorian shapes, urban art influences and tongue-in-cheek verbiage abound throughout the store.

Green design elements include reclaimed Douglas fir wood used for various fixtures; LED lights on exterior lighted signs, track lighting, hood lighting and all refrigerated food cases; and electric car charging stations. The specialty and floral departments feature 80% recycled content tile from McIntyre Tile in Healdsburg. All new wood fixtures and wood cladding throughout the store are made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Wood.

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Nordstrom Rack announces second location in Brooklyn, N.Y.

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Nordstrom announced that it plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Gateway Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The approximately 33,000-sq.-ft. store is scheduled to open in fall 2014. Gateway Center is owned and managed by Related Companies.

When it opens, the Gateway Center Nordstrom Rack will be the company’s second Brooklyn location. The first Brooklyn Rack is set to open on Fulton Street in spring 2014.

"We can’t wait to open our Brooklyn stores in 2014," said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. "We know customers here have a lot of options and high expectations, and we intend to bring our very best — exciting fashion from the best brands at great prices — to earn their business."

Nordstrom last year announced plans to open its first New York City full-line store in 2018 at 225 West 57th Street, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

The company also has plans to open a Rack store in Manhasset, N.Y., in spring 2014. Nordstrom first came to the Tri-State Area in 1990, with the opening of its Garden State Plaza full-line store in Paramus, N.J. Nordstrom Rack has operated in New York City since 2010 at its Union Square location.

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