REAL ESTATE

Build-A-Bear Workshop to make airport debut

BY CSA STAFF

St. Louis — Build-A-Bear Workshop is teaming up with Orlando International Airport to open a new store in mid-May. It will be the first Build-A-Bear Workshop store located inside an airport.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop store at Orlando International Airport will be located in the Main Terminal. The store will provide the same experience and interaction as mall-based Build-A-Bear Workshop retail locations.

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REAL ESTATE

REI to open in South Carolina

BY CSA STAFF

Seattle — REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), announced plans to open a new store in Greenville, S.C., this fall. It will be the company’s first location in Asheville, N.C.

The one-story, approximately 22,000-sq.-ft. store will include a bike shop for quick assemblies and repairs, and a seasonal gear rental department for customers looking to test new activities. It will also feature a community space for REI and its local partners to hold outdoor-related classes, presentations and events.

REI operates 114 retail stores nationwide and two online stores, and will open eight new stores by the end of the year.

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FINANCE

Rite Aid’s April sales up

BY CSA STAFF

Camp Hill, Pa. — Rite Aid’s April sales rose thanks in part to bustling business at its pharmacies.

Rite Aid’s same-store sales rose 0.5% over the four weeks ended April 23, with pharmacy revenue up 1%. Sales of nonpharmacy fell 0.4%. Prescriptions filled at those stores rose 0.7%.

Total April sales fell 0.4% to $1.95 billion from $1.96 billion. The company had 4,705 stores as of April 23, 68 less than a year ago.

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