Fresh & Easy to test smaller format
New York City — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. division of Tesco, has joined the growing number of retailers opening smaller-format stores. The grocery store operator plans to test a new concept, called Fresh & Easy Express, in San Pedro, Calif.
Fresh & Easy’s new format will be in the 4,000 sq. ft. range, compared with its typical 10,000-sq.-ft. footprint.
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Simon to expand four Premium Outlet centers
Indianapolis — Simon Property Group announced Tuesday that its Premium Outlets division will expand four of its most productive Premium Outlet properties located in California, Florida, Illinois and Washington.
Construction on these expansions is scheduled to begin in 2012, and total 450,000 sq. ft. of added space.
A 140,000-sq.-ft. expansion is planned for Desert Hills Premium Outlets, Cabazon, Calif., which will bring the center to approximately 640,000 sq. ft. Desert Hills features 130 stores, including such upscale brands as Bottega Veneta, Brunello Cucinelli, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s and Tory Burch.
An 80,000-sq.-ft. expansion is planned for Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland Ave, which will the shopping venue to approximately 630,000 sq. ft. The center features tenants such as Burberry, CH Carolina Herrera, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Dooney & Bourke, Etro, Elie Tahari, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Theory, Tod’s, Tommy Hilfiger and Zegna.
Chicago Premium Outlets, located in Aurora, Ill., features Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach, Elie Tahari, Gap Outlet, Giorgio Armani, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sony, Theory and Vera Bradley among its 120 stores. After the 130,000-sq.-ft. expansion, the center will total approximately 570,000 sq. ft.
Seattle Premium Outlets will expand by 100,000 sq. ft. The center is located on the Tulalip Indian Reservation next to the Tulalip Resort Casino, 35 miles north of downtown Seattle, and after the expansion will total approximately 500,000 sq. ft. Its collection of 120 stores includes Adidas, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Elie Tahari, J.Crew, Joe’s Jeans, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and Tommy Hilfiger.
Ross Stores to enter Chicago area with 12 locations
Pleasanton, Calif. — Ross Stores said Tuesday that it will simultaneously open 12 stores on Oct. 8, all located in the greater Chicago area.
The new Ross Dress for Less stores will open simultaneously in Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Bloomingdale, Crystal Lake, Matteson, Naperville, Niles, Orland Park, Rockford, Schaumburg, Skokie and South Elgin.
"We are excited to be entering the Chicago area, which will significantly expand our national footprint," said Michael Balmuth, vice chairman and CEO, Ross Stores.
Ross said the new store openings will generate about 600 jobs.