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Cole Haan opens Tokyo flagship, plans Asia growth

BY Dan Berthiaume

Scarborough, Maine — Cole Haan is opening a flagship location in the Ginza, Tokyo’s premier shopping district. The 2,000-sq.-ft. store debuts the company’s global format. Cole Haan also plans to use the store as a launching point for growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

Architecture firm Anderson Architects in New York led the design of the ground-floor store, in partnership with local architects Garde Co.

"This store marks the new face of Cole Haan in its retail stores and will be the basis for our expansion into China, Korea and the rest of the Asia Pacific region," said Jack Boys, CEO of Cole Haan. "It represents an outstanding blend of tradition and modernity, with distinct presentations to both our female and male consumers."

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Englewood Construction’s retail group announces three new projects

BY Marianne Wilson

Chicago — Englewood Construction announced its retail group has recently completed an interior build-out for Chicago Cruise Lines and begun work on two new projects, including an American Girl Store in Orlando, Florida.

American Girl, a retailer of children’s dolls and accessories, continues its nationwide growth with a new 15,000-sq.-ft. store in Orlando at The Florida Mall. The project consists of an expansion of The Florida Mall, the largest mall in Central Florida at 1.8 million sq. ft. The architect for the project is Morristown, New Jersey-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

In the Chicago area, Englewood has begun work on a ground-up, 17,000-sq.-ft. store for Goodwill in Romeoville. Englewood is partnering with Milwaukee-based Berengaria Development for the project. Wheaton, Illinois-based Webster, McGrath & Ahlberg, Ltd. is the architect of record.

The firm also completed an interior build-out for Chicago Line Cruises in the redevelopment of the former River East Art Center in downtown Chicago.

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Original Soupman plans national franchise growth

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Soupman Inc., parent company of specialty restaurant chain The Original Soupman, is partnering with the Atlanta Franchise Group, a franchise development company brought on to grow The Original Soupman’s franchise presence across the country.

Appointed as the company’s franchise sales team, the Atlanta Franchise Group will partner with The Original Soupman on multiple fronts including franchise sales and development, franchise operations and training and franchise implementation. The Original Soupman has also entered a joint venture with Shaquille O’Neal to drive growth of the company’s franchised food truck business, with plans to have 100 on the road in the next few years.

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