REAL ESTATE

Blink Fitness to open new location in the Bronx

BY Staff Writer

New York City — Dallas-based SRS Real Estate Partners said that Blink Fitness has leased 15,830 sq. ft. at 800 St. Anns Avenue in Bronx, N.Y.

The new store is scheduled to open in second quarter 2012.

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Urban Outfitters unveils second bridal boutique

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Chicago — A Tuesday report by the Chicago Tribune said that Urban Outfitters has opened its second BHLDN store, the apparel retailer’s fledgling bridal concept that first debuted in Houston last summer.

The second store (pronounced “beholden”), which opened in Chicago on Tuesday, features 3,600 sq. ft. over two levels and is located across from the Waldorf Astoria hotel in the Gold Coast. Design attributes include a nod to a 19th century European townhouse with 15-ft. ceilings, grand windows and a spiral staircase. Tech touches include iPod docking stations in the fitting rooms, allowing bridal parties to listen to their own music while they shop.

Urban Outfitters launched the bridal business online a year ago.

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Target and Starbucks team toward Canada expansion

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Toronto — Target Canada Co. and Starbucks Coffee Canada announced Wednesday an agreement that will put Starbucks licensed stores inside most of the 125 to 135 stores that Target plans to open in the region.

"Our goal is to bring the true Target brand shopping experience to our Canadian guests, so expanding our relationship with Starbucks as we enter the Canadian marketplace is a natural fit," said John Morioka, senior VP merchandising, Target Canada. There are currently 1,097 Starbucks locations within Target stores in the United States.

Starbucks store openings will coincide with Target’s entrance into the Canadian market beginning in spring of 2013. Stores will offer an expanded selection that includes not only Starbucks beverages but also breakfast and lunch items.

"We continually look for new and relevant opportunities to bring the Starbucks experience to communities across the country, and this strategic relationship represents another way we’re able to create meaningful connections with both new and existing customers," said Colin Moore, president, Starbucks Canada.

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