Ethan Allen to open Austin location
Austin, Texas The Weitzman Group announced that Ethan Allen Design Center, a new location for authorized Ethan Allen retailer Georgetown Manor, has leased a 22,908-sq.-ft. freestanding retail building in Austin, Texas.
The newest location features the retailer’s latest concept floor plan, which features a series of “shops” that offer home furnishings in categories such as Dine, Media, Live, Sleep, Leather and Outdoor. The new Austin Design Center also offers state-of-the-art touchscreen technology for easy-to-locate product information, as well as a custom drapery work area.
Anthropologie set to debut accessories concept
New York City Anthropologie will premier its accessories-only format on Oct. 29, in Chevy Chase, Md., according to Women’s Wear Daily.
The 1,4000-sq.-ft. store will feature shoes, handbags, scarves, costume and fine jewelry, and in a first for the brand, estate and antique jewelry, the report said.
Aldi to debut first interior mall store
Los Angeles Westfield announced Thursday that it plans to add a limited-assortment Aldi grocery store to a Chicago mall. The new store will be the low-priced Aldi’s debut location inside a regional mall in the U.S.
The 20,000-sq.-ft. store, slated to open in May 2011 at Chicago Ridge mall, will be customized to accommodate an interior entrance, according to mall owner Westfield. The new store will open in a vacated Steve & Barry’s space.
A special loading zone is also being added to the mall parking lot for customers with groceries, Westfield said.
“Introducing the new grocery category to our shopping centers is first and foremost a valuable new option for our customers, and a very positive move for our grocery store partners,” said Chris Barnett, SVP at Westfield. “We plan to expand this concept throughout our U.S. portfolio and are currently talking to a number of grocers.”