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Baskin-Robbins to add 80 units in U.K.

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Canton, Mass. — Baskin-Robbins announced Friday a plan to nearly double its U.K. presence over the next three years, adding 80 freestanding units to the 100 stores currently operating in the region.

The announcement comes as the ice cream chain celebrates the official opening of three new shops in London, each featuring the brand’s new international design that includes lounge-style seating, interactive LCD menu displays and upgraded wallcoverings reminiscent of waffle cones.

In addition to its planned expansion in the U.K., Baskin-Robbins also recently announced its entry into Vietnam and further expansion in Mexico.

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The Loft to open in Fort Worth entertainment district

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Ann Inc. will open a 5,394-sq.-ft. Loft store in Fort Worth, Texas’s shopping, dining and entertainment district Sundance Square.

The new store, slated to open in the fall in a vacant restaurant space, will join a lineup of Houston St. retailers that includes Jos. A. Bank, Pappagallo Classiques and Leddy’s Ranch.

Sundance Square unveiled plans for three new buildings to open in 2013 with retail space on the ground level of the buildings.

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Kmart prescriptions going to the dogs (and cats)

BY CSA STAFF

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is introducing prescription pet medications at its stores, the mass-merchandise retail chain said Friday.

The company said the new program was designed to make it easier for customers to get branded and generic pet drugs and more convenient to shop for the whole family. More than 60% of American households own a pet, and families spent more than $50 billion on their pets in 2011, according to the American Pet Products Association.

"This new pet program is just another example of how we strive to make the shopping experience seamless for our customers," Kmart VP and general manager for pharmacy administration Ghassan Hourani said. "In addition to our wide variety of pet products — including the Kmart-exclusive Champion Breed food, toys and treats — we are thrilled that we can now offer our customers and their furry family members a one-stop shopping experience."

The company also said it would mark National Pet Month by giving free cat and dog treats made by Purina by buying a pet medication or $20 worth of Purina products.

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