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Express announces 2013 flagship openings in NYC and San Francisco

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Columbus, Ohio — Express said Monday it will open two flagship stores in 2013 – one in Times Square in New York City and the other in San Francisco’s Union Square.

The San Francisco store is slated to open in the summer and Times Square – at the corner of 46th Street and Broadway – is expected to open in the fall.

“The age old mantra of ‘location, location, location’ was certainly at work in the selection of these two properties,” said Michael Weiss, chairman, president and CEO of Express. “These flagships will … serve as a gateway to our brand for international visitors and shoppers as part of our international expansion strategy.”

The Times Square location is 30,000 sq. ft. over three selling floors. A 125-ft. tall, 9,000-sq.-ft. LED sign package dominates the facade of the building facing Broadway. The property is owned by joint venture partners SL Green Realty Corp. and Jeff Sutton.

The Union Square location is two stories and 16,000 sq. ft.

Both locations will be constructed in Express’ new store design created by Japanese design firm, Wonderwall.

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Target remodeling 30 stores to expand fresh-food items

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Minneapolis — Target Corp. said Monday it has begun remodeling 30 stores to expand their fresh-food offerings; construction on all 30 stores is slated for an October 2012 completion.

The current remodels are part of the last of three cycles of remodels this year and span markets from Cincinnati, to Jacksonville, Fla., and Nashville, Tenn.

Nearly 1,100 Target stores currently offer an expanded food layout. At these Target stores, approximately 10,000 sq. ft. is dedicated to a vast array of fresh food choices. Most of Target’s new and remodeled general merchandise stores also feature updates in other areas, including the beauty departments, home, shoes and the baby departments.

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New Ann Taylor Loft set to open at Woodbury Common

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Ann Taylor Loft on July 24, will celebrate the grand opening of its new store at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, in Central Valley, N.Y.

DGC Capital Contracting Corp., Mount Vernon, N.Y., served as general contractor for the new Ann Taylor Loft. The contractor took down two existing stores to create the space for the new 7,500-sq.-ft. Loft store.

The 27-years-old Woodbury Common is undergoing an extensive facelift that includes additional stores and amenities, improved traffic flow and expanded parking. The project is expected to take up to five years to complete.

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