Build-A-Bear Workshop opening second hospital location
St. Louis — Build-A-Bear Workshop will open a store in Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 27. This will be the chain’s second store located inside a hospital.
“When kids are sick or injured, making a new furry friend is a great way to take their mind off of their treatment and a teddy bear hug can help them feel better,” said Maxine Clark, company founder and chief executive. “We’re proud that Build-A-Bear Workshop can bring teddy bear hugs and a positive experience to the children of Sinai Hospital.”
Report: Amazon to open store
New York City — Amazon plans to open a store in its Seattle hometown to display and sell its growing line of electronic devices, reported Reuters, which cited industry blog Good E-Reader as its source.
Analysts said Amazon could be inspired by the success of Apple in the retail arena.
“The primary goal of the test is to determine if a physical retail presence can accelerate sales of Kindle devices and follow-on consumption of digital content at an attractive return on invested capital,” Cowen & Co. analyst Jim Friedland wrote in a note to investors on Monday, according to the report.
City Creek Center to open in March
Salt Lake City — Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Taubman Co. said Tuesday that City Creek Center, a major shopping and dining destination, will open March 22 in Salt Lake City.
The 700,000-sq.-ft. regional attraction will feature Nordstrom, Macy’s and up to 80 stores and restaurants — one third that are new to the market. The center features a fully retractable skylight roof, a skybridge over Main Street and a host of water features.
City Creek Center is part of the 23-acre City Creek master plan developed by City Creek Reserve. The sustainably designed, walkable urban community of offices, residences and shops will be the centerpiece of downtown Salt Lake City.
Besides a sustainable design – the Center was built on the site of two former shopping malls and more than 80% of the material from the former malls has been recycled or reused – City Creek Center debuts the country’s first retractable skylight roof in a shopping center. The retractable roof can be opened during the warmer months, providing sunlight and airflow and reducing the demand for air conditioning. The roof also enables comfortable shopping during Utah’s winter months, shelter from inclement weather and year-round customer comfort.
A 140-ft. skybridge over Main Street connects the shopping center retail shops, and features an “Observation Deck” area at the center of the bridge. And heated walkways, which offer a snow-melt system within the outdoor surfaces, melt ice and snow on contact.