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Brooks Brothers unveils San Francisco flagship

BY Marianne Wilson

San Francisco — Brooks Brothers has opened its second largest store in North America, a 26,000-sq.-ft. flagship in San Francisco’s Union Square.

The interior takes inspiration from Brooks Brothers’ nearly 100-year-old flagship at 346 Madison Avenue in New York City. In keeping with the atmosphere of the New York space, the first floor of the new store is covered in pale cherry wood. The women’s floor is accented with clean white paneling and marble floors. The mezzanine holds the Red Fleece label for men and women.

The fourth floor has a clubby, masculine atmosphere, with dark mahogany paneling and antiques throughout. The cash desk serves as a coffee bar and lounging area, and there is a pool table.

Many of the stores fixtures and decorations are antique, crafting a truly unique shopping environment in keeping with Brooks Brothers’ heritage.

Brooks Brothers currently operates 135 stores and 127 factory outlet-stores in the United States and 238 retail stores and 46 factory stores in 25 countries globally.

The four-level space features a wide range of men’s and women’s apparel, and a dedicated shop-in-shop for the Fleece children’s collection, the collegiate inspired Red Fleece label and the Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers collection designed by Thom Browne.

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Togo’s to develop 20 locations in Oregon and California

BY Katherine Boccaccio

San Jose, Calif. — Togo’s Eateries announced the signing of two multi-unit franchise agreements with an existing franchise group to develop 20 new restaurants in Oregon and California over the next several years.

Togo’s franchisee Mark Fischer will open 10 restaurants in Portland, Ore., and 10 additional locations in Los Angeles County, with the first location scheduled to open in Portland, Ore. in first quarter 2014.

This new development is part of the chain’s plan to grow the brand to 400 restaurants along the West Coast.

Fischer and his partners currently own and operate two California restaurants in Stockton and Tracy, Calif., and first joined the brand in 2007. The franchisees also have another location scheduled to open in Fairfield, Calif. later this year, as well as a commitment to develop a restaurant in Lodi, Calif.

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Nordstrom Rack sets 2014 opening in Riverside, Calif.

BY Staff Writer

Seattle — Nordstrom plans to Nordstrom Rack at Riverside Plaza in Riverside, Calif. The approximately 45,000-sq.-ft. store will be the Rack’s first location in Riverside County when it opens in spring 2014.

Riverside Plaza is owned and managed by Vestar.

"We are excited to have Nordstrom Rack as a tenant at Riverside Plaza," said Jeff Axtell, Vestar VP of acquisitions and development. "Nordstrom Rack is a premier retailer who will be a great complement to our existing tenants."

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