REAL ESTATE

Cabela’s to Open Two New Texas Stores

BY CSA STAFF

Sidney, Neb., Cabela’s, retailer of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will open two new Texas stores this summer. A 230,000-sq.-ft. Fort Worth location will open May 26, while an 185,000-sq.-ft. Buda branch is scheduled to open June 30. More than 4 million annual shoppers are expected to visit the Fort Worth store, and more than 3.5 million are expected to visit the Buda store, near Austin, each year, making the stores the No. 1 and No. 2 largest tourist attractions in Texas, according to Cabela’s. The stores each will feature a bronze sculpture, a museum-quality diorama, a large aquarium and wild-game trophies. The new Texas locations will be the Sidney, Neb.-based company’s 11th and 12th destination store locations.

“We are thrilled that Texas is Cabela’s first location in the southern part of the United States,” Dennis Highby, Cabela’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Texans are passionate about the great outdoors, and our stores serve as a tribute to conservation and wildlife. It’s a perfect fit.”

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Disney Store Expands to Outlet Arena

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Glendale, Calif., Disney Store North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Children’s Place Retail Stores, will expand into the retail outlet arena. Its first outlet will measure more than 7,000 sq. ft. and will open in New York this weekend at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Five additional outlets are planned to open this year in California, Arizona, Illinois, Tennessee and Ontario, Canada. The move marks the first adjustment to Disney Store’s real estate strategy since The Children’s Place acquired the chain in November.

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Vornado Supports Kmart Acquisition of Sears

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New York City, Vornado Realty Trust announced it would back Kmart Holdings Corp. in its proposed acquisition of Sears Roebuck & Co. Vornado, currently holding 1.18 million shares of Sears stock and a derivative position for another 7.9 million shares, said it would elect to receive stock in the new merger.

Paramus, N.J.-based Vornado raised eyebrows in the investment community last November when, shortly before the proposed acquisition was announced, it revealed that it had boosted its holdings in Sears to 4.3%. The announcement triggered speculation that Vornado was planning to redevelop some of Sears’ real estate, much of which is leased at below-market rates.

Sears’ shares have consistently traded higher since the merger was announced in November on the hopes that Vornado might team with a rival retailer to make a competing bid. Any spoiler would be forced to absorb $400 million in break-up fees, part of the Sears-Kmart agreement.

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