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Banana Republic to open in Yonkers, N.Y., development

BY Dan Berthiaume

Yonkers, N.Y. – Banana Republic will become a new retailer at the Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers, N.Y. Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), the developer and owner of Ridge Hill, said the Banana Republic location will open beneath the center’s Uniqlo store.

“We are thrilled to be adding these terrific new stores to the existing mix of outstanding shops, restaurants and entertainment venues at Ridge Hill,” said Kathryn Welch, executive VP and director of retail development at Forest City Ratner. “Banana Republic, Anthony Vince Nail Spa, and the soon-to-be-open Little Buddha restaurant are great examples of Ridge Hill’s commitment to combining shopping and dining with services desired by our clientele. They are all spectacular additions for 2014.”

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Deckers opens brand showcase store

BY Dan Berthiaume

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Goleta, Calif. — Deckers Outdoor Corporation is opening its inaugural brand showcase store at the company’s new headquarters in Goleta, Calif. The flagship store delivers an elevated environment for Deckers brands to display their core heritage footwear, as well as seasonally significant offerings, while serving as an innovation lab to continually test new technologies and merchandising approaches, aimed at further improving the omni-channel customer experience.

Customers have the option to pick up their purchased product in-store or ship overnight, free of charge. On track to be certified as LEED Silver for the store’s sustainable design elements, the 8,000-plus-sq.-ft.location incorporates a blend of unique, varied materials, including walnut, hot rolled steel, exposed concrete, and gloss white laminate. The interior and exterior material reflects the diverse range of footwear and related products that Deckers offers. Approximately 30 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees are expected to be employed as a result of the store opening.

"Our new store will serve as the showcase for all of Deckers’ brands and our expression of next generation retail,” said Dave Powers, president of omni-channel for Deckers. “With the launch of this ‘innovation lab,’ we’re better able to listen to customers’ feedback, make product and service adjustments more efficiently, and heighten the overall customer experience. Shop in store using iPads, customize your product, order online, ship direct to your home free of charge or pick up in store.”

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Report: Northbrook, Ill., considers retail development

BY Dan Berthiaume

Northbrook, Ill. – Trustees of Northbrook, Ill. reportedly are considering a 43,000-sq.-ft. retail development. According to the Chicago Tribune, the development sits on a four-acre parcel near the border with Glenview, Ill., which is owned by Svigos Asset Management.

The development would reportedly include a grocery store, two drive-through fast-food or coffee retailers and about 200 parking spots. One building would be almost twice as large as the other and the developers’ preliminary list of potential occupants includes Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market, PetSmart, Starbucks and McDonald’s.

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