Dunkin’ Donuts details new store design
Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts provided highlights of its new store design, the brand’s first in nearly seven years. The new layout and contemporary look maintains the brand’s focus on helping people get in and get on their way, while incorporating new features to create a warm environment for guests who seek a longer, more relaxed visit. Inviting seating areas include updated furniture and lighting, as well as convenient electrical outlets and bar top areas for smartphones and computers.
While most Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants offer free Wi-Fi for surfing the Web, some will also feature flat-panel televisions, satellite music and soft seating. New interactive, digital menu boards that use video will add more color and excitement for ordering at the counter, while redesigned signage and canopies give the drive-thru a more modern look, reflecting the restaurant’s overall new architectural elements and colors. The new design also includes an optional glass bakery display case at the front counter featuring signature items and a refrigerated Grab N’ Go cooler.
The new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs are called: Original Blend, Cappuccino Blend, Dark Roast and Jazz Brew. (Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.)
In an effort to incorporate sustainable building and energy solutions that reduce costs for franchisees while benefiting the environment, the new store design also includes LED light fixtures, no VOC paints, and wall tile with 35% pre-consumer recycled materials.
New and remodeled Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants with the new design began to roll out throughout the country in April, but it will be many years before the majority of Dunkin’ Donuts locations feature the new look and layout, the company said.
Nordstrom Rack in Long Beach City Place to close
Long Beach, Calif. — Nordstrom announced plans to close its Long Beach City Place Nordstrom Rack store in Long Beach, Calif. Originally opened in August 2002, the 33,000-sq.-ft. store will close to the public in late January 2014.
The company will continue to serve customers at three nearby Nordstrom Rack locations in Lakewood, South Bay and Edinger.
“The City Place Rack has been a part of the Nordstrom family for nearly 12 years and we value the hard work and efforts of our team there,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We still hope to do business in Long Beach in the future but with our lease set to expire and having opened three nearby locations in recent years, this is the right time to not renew our lease, close our store at that location and look to the future. Our hope is that eventually we can find another great location where we can better serve our customers.”
Urban Outfitters bows to pressure from anti-drug group
NEW YORK — Bowing to pressure from the Partnership at Drugfree.org, fashion retailer Urban Outfitters has agreed to pull merchandise made to look like prescription pill bottles, including prescription label flasks and pint and shot glasses, from its shelves.
Urban Outfitters issued a statement to CNN late last week confirming that it was discontinuing the sale of products made to look like prescription drug paraphernalia. “In this extensive range of product we recognize that from time to time there may be individual items that are misinterpreted by people who are not our customer. As a result of this misinterpretation we are electing to discontinue these few styles from our current product offering," the statement read.
The Partnership at Drugfree.org was alerted in May by the California Friday Night Live Partnership that the retailer, which counts teens among its catered shoppers, was carrying the controversial product offering. The organization immediately launched an advocacy campaign and circulated a petition requesting that Urban Outfitters remove the products from their stores and website. The petition, which received support from U.S. Representative Hal Rogers; Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Kentucky governor Steve Beshear and 22 state attorneys general, received more than 4,700 signatures.
“On behalf of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, our partners and the families across the country affected by the issue of prescription drug misuse and abuse, we commend Urban Outfitters for doing the right thing by discontinuing the sale of these products from their current offerings,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO, the Partnership at Drugfree.org, in a statement. “These products, which linked medicine and alcohol and were aimed at a high school and college-age audience, wrongfully glorified the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs. All teenagers — regardless of who they are or where they live — are subject to the lure of drugs and alcohol. For this reason, the Partnership at Drugfree.org continues to focus its efforts on educating, motivating, supporting and empowering families with the resources they need to help protect children from drug and alcohol abuse, most specifically in conjunction with the Medicine Abuse Project, our national initiative to prevent half a million teens from abusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter cough medicine by 2017.”