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Dita’s leases Manhattan flagship location

BY Michael Fickes

New York — Handcrafted eyewear retailer, Dita, has leased a 1,300-sq.-ft. store at 273 Lafayette Street in SoHo. It will be Dita’s first Manhattan locations and its New York flagship. RKF represented Dita in the transaction, while The Lansco Corp. acted on behalf of the landlord, 157 Prince Street Associates.

Scheduled to open this fall, Dita will occupy the ground and lower levels of the 29,860-square-foot property, adjacent to Scotch & Soda and DNA Footwear. Other nearby retailers include Alternative Apparel and G-Star Raw. Dita has a cult following throughout the world and counts numerous celebrities as loyal customers. Dita operates stores in West Hollywood, Newport Beach and Tokyo.

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Report: Cabela’s plans 20 new Canadian stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

Sidney, Neb. – Cabela’s Inc. reportedly plans to open 20 new Canadian stores by 2016. According to the Financial Post, the retailer, which currently operates five stores in Canada, will open its sixth in Barrie, Ontario, on July 10.

Other planned locations for new Canadian stores include Nanaimo, British Columbia in fall 2014 and Moncton, New Brunswick in 2015. Cabela’s is planning slow growth in Canada, focusing on locations with favorable co-tenants and localizing product assortments at the store level.

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PBTeen opens Virginia store

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco — PBteen, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, opens a store at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia, on June 27. This will be the 17th PBteen location and the second combined Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and PBteen store in the U.S.

The PBteen store will be anchored around PBteen Design Lab, where teens and their parents can engage with the brand and its products by digitally creating a personalized room. Using drag and drop technology, teens can experiment with different room configurations and color combinations to see their designs on a television screen overhead. Products available at PBteen.com can be ordered through the store and shipped directly to the customer.

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