Express to unveil store design created by Japanese design firm
New York City — Express will officially debut its new store design concept this month, in King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, Pa. The format was created by Masamichi Katayama, interior designer and principal of Japanese design firm Wonderwall.
The new environment features design elements of refined chic mixed with unconventional edge and forward-thinking composition to create an individual space with a definite sense of style. The same concept is scheduled to launch at Kenwood Towne Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, also this month.
“The best of what we know and have learned over many years has been put into this new store design concept, which is modern and sophisticated, yet very engaging … much like our brand,” said Michael Weiss, president and CEO, Express. “We are truly excited about the potential of this new store design concept and look forward to measuring the impact it has on our business in the two markets.”
The 13,000-sq.-ft. space features a dual-gender “Denim Lab.” With its oak wood ceiling and suspended trellis in aged timber, polished concrete flooring and outrigger mounted wooden shelves framed by black velvet curtains, The Lab serves as a visual focus for the store.
“I was delighted when Express invited me to create a new design concept. I envisioned a three-dimensional fashion magazine; a source for the new and for the must-have’s,” said Katayama.
The new design brings social media elements to Express’ in-store environment: Using interactive touch screen computer stations, customers can shop online and browse the Express Facebook page and Twitter feed, while mirrored video monitors in the front of store and cashwrap allow for live streaming of Express fashion shows and events.
Sears grants empower Hispanic business owners
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings has announced the winner of its "Tu Empresa, Tu Futuro/Your Company, Your Future Business" grant competition, which provides grants to Hispanic small business owners.
The four $5,000 grants were awarded to:
Tayde Aburto, The Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce
Jennifer Burrell, The Frock Shop
Elizabeth Tarpley, Targeted Tech Solutions
Kristen Harris, Party Palette
"My company focuses on the usage of the internet as a business tool – The Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce. With this grant, I will not only be investing in my business’ future but in the future of more than 1,000 current chamber members," said Tayde Aburto, business owner and grant recipient.
Sam’s Club celebrates men’s health with free screenings
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — To celebrate Men’s Health Month, Sam’s Club is offering free men’s health screening tests this weekend at select stores, which will be sponsored by Unilever brands, including Dove Men’s deodorant and body wash.
The screenings, which will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the pharmacy area of Sam’s Club stores, will be conducted by Carmen Ingle & Associates. The screenings will include a prostate-specific antigen test and a thyroid-stimulating hormone test, which can help detect life-threatening conditions, Sam’s Club said. Carmen Ingle & Associates said it will administer one blood test per person, which will be used for either a PSA or TSH test. Men automatically will receive the PSA test and women will receive the TSH test, unless otherwise specified. If a man would like both tests, he can request two blood samples on site, the company noted.
In addition to the PSA and TSH test offerings, screening participants also will be given standard BMI, blood pressure and glucose tests.
"At Sam’s Club, we know personally how crucial these screenings can be," Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "According to the American Cancer Society, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Sam’s Club hopes that by offering these free screenings, we can encourage men to get ahead of the game and take charge of their health."