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Fixtures Living to open at Oakbrook Center

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Chicago — General Growth Properties said that its Oakbrook Center property in Chicago has welcomed Fixtures Living, an experiential showroom concept based in San Diego.

The Oakbrook Center store is the company’s first outside of California. It is slated to open in spring 2014 and will be Fixtures Living’s fifth overall and the second one situated within a luxury retail center – the other being Glendale (Calif.) Galleria.

Based upon the store’s award-winning Costa Mesa showroom, the 30,762-sq.-ft. Oakbrook store will provide a signature "try before you buy" experience now synonymous with the Fixtures Living brand. Shoppers will be encouraged to test-drive products in fully-functional vignettes equipped with live cooktops, ovens, refrigerators and grills, as well as working showers, sinks and baths.

Unique store features include full-immersion expos such as a spa-inspired "Sanctuary", a backyard-style "Patio" replete with working grills, and a live demo kitchen known as "Bridget’s.”

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Uncle Julio’s to make Pennsylvania debut at Plymouth Meeting Mall

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Philadelphia — Tex-Mex family restaurant operator Uncle Julio’s will join Plymouth Meeting Mall in late 2013, according to mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), based in Philadelphia.

The 9,300-sq.-ft. location will be the first in Pennsylvania, and marks the completion of The Plaza Shops extension, which is anchored by Whole Foods and includes Massage Envy, Coldwater Creek, Loft, Chico’s, Olly Shoes, Orvis, and Jos. A. Bank.

As a retail, dining and entertainment destination, Plymouth Meeting Mall offers Benihana, Bertucci’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Chipotle Mexican Grill, King Buffet, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and Redstone American Grill in addition to a nine-unit food court, Dave & Buster’s, and an AMC Theatre.

Anchored by Macy’s, Boscov’s, and Whole Foods Market and Café, Plymouth Meeting Mall features more than 100 specialty retailers. Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Express, H&M, Justice and Victoria’s Secret are located in the mall, while Charming Charlie has both interior and exterior entrances.

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Cupcake Charlie’s opens at Patriot Place

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Foxborough, Mass. — Gourmet cupcake bakery Cupcake Charlie’s will celebrate the opening of its fourth location on May 18, at Patriot Place in Foxborough, Mass.

The growing business also has locations in Mashpee, Plymouth and Newport, R.I.

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