REAL ESTATE

Disney prototype opens at Cherry Hill Mall

BY CSA STAFF

Cherry Hill, N.J. — Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) said Friday that The Disney Store has opened at its Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, N.J., just one of 20 prototypical Disney stores to open worldwide this year.

The 4,744-sq.-ft. retailer, complete with a glittering “pixie dust” trail, magical trees and a customized skyline, is located near Macy’s Court.

The new Disney Store features an array of interactive technology, from a Disney Princess Castle with a magical mirror that allows children to be part of a special story with the wave of a wand, to the Disney Store Theater, where kids can watch animated features on a 12-ft. screen.

The store opening is part of the mall’s $200-million complete renaissance, which includes the addition of white-linen restaurants, a new parking deck, the addition of an upscale retail wing, a redesigned and relocated food court and extensive interior and exterior renovations.

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Best Buy expands health and fitness offerings

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Minnepolis — Best Buy Co. said Friday it is expanding its health-and-wellness offerings to 600 stores nationwide.

The products, which include heart-rate monitoring watches, pedometers, yoga mats, scales and blood pressure monitors, have been tested by Best Buy in 40 stores in multiple markets and will now undergo rollout.

In its most recent quarter, Best Buy’s net income fell 4%, and revenue dipped 1% to $217 million.

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Best Buy gets into health and fitness

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MINNEAPOLIS – Best Buy announced that it is introducing health and fitness products at 600 Best Buy stores across the country and online at Bestbuy.com.Available products include personal gear related to running, walking, swimming and yoga as well as other fitness accessories.

Best Buy’s national expansion follows a pilot program launched a year ago, during which the company tested a broad selection of health and fitness gear in 40 stores in select markets.

“We were encouraged by the enthusiastic response we saw from our customers during the initial pilot of these health and fitness products,” said Chris Koller, VP portable electronics solutions group at Best Buy. “We clearly tapped into a desire for Best Buy to provide the latest and greatest technology to enhance health regimens, and to help people discover how they can integrate these devices with other personal technology to monitor and share their progress, and to stay motivated.”

The products will be housed in a30-foot-long in-store health and fitness presentation area enables consumers to sample many of these devices before they buy, the company reported. On display are state-of-the-art heart rate monitoring watches, pedometers, special MP3 players, earbuds, headphones, yoga mats, scales, blood pressure monitors and other products from leading manufacturers such as Gaiam, GoFit, H2O Audio, MIO, Polar, Sportline and Yurbuds.

Consumers interested in health and fitness products will have access to trained Best Buy Blue Shirts to help them better understand how technology can support their personal wellness, the company reported.

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