Gap expanding Athleta brand
New York — Gap Inc. plans to Athleta stores at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles and at Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach, Calif., this fall, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Gap bought Athleta, which sells sells women’s clothing for such sports as yoga, running and swimming, along with shoes and other fitness accessories, in 2008. At the time, Athleta just an online and catalog business. The brand opened its first two retail stores in the last year, both in Northern California.
Gap also will open two Athleta stores in New York this summer and plans to open 50 Athleta stores by 2013, according to the Times.
Old Navy opens its first LEED certified store
New York — Old Navy has received LEED Silver certification for its new location in Fort Worth, Texas. It is the first LEED certified store in the chain’s portfolio.
The location also features Old Navy’s updated store environment, which has an upbeat and fun ambience, raceway layout and key destination areas for easy shopping.The clean and modern design is accented with a colorful palette. A kid-friendly area features an interactive video game projected onto the floor
The centralized fitting rooms, located in the core of the store, are accessible from every department. “Quick change” pods located in the mens and kids areas, allows shoppers to quickly try on a single item.
By the end of 2010, about 250 stores had been converted to The New Old Navy format in the U.S. and Canada. The company plans to convert additional stores to this new format in 2011.
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Disney Store celebrates 25 years with new and remodeled stores
Pasadena, Calif. — Disney Store plans to open its interactive concept stores in more than 40 locations in 2011 the company announced today at the Global Retail Real Estate Convention in Las Vegas. The company said that by the end of 2011, it will have 60 new concept stores in 16 major markets in North America and eight countries.
In spring 2012, the original Disney Store location at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif., will be remodeled to celebrate the retail chain’s 25th anniversary. First built in 1987, the store pioneered the entertainment retail concept. The Glendale store will be just one of many planned remodels in 2012.
“The excitement from our guests has been phenomenal and we’re working diligently to open more locations in new markets,” said Paul Gainer, SVP Disney Store North America. “We want to give landlords a new retail experience that will drive return visits to their malls and give families the opportunity to experience the Disney Store magic in their local community.”
New and remodeled Disney Store locations to open throughout the fall and winter of 2011 include:
Disney Store’s Florida Mall location in Orlando will be remodeled this fall with the new design, and Pembroke Lakes Mall in Pembroke Pines, Fla. will open an all-new location.
Locations in Canada’s West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta and Southcentre Mall in Calgary will open this fall.
Kenwood Towne Center in Cincinnati will receive the first newly-designed Disney Store in the state of Ohio.
Texas will celebrate the opening of Disney Store locations at La Plaza mall in McAllen, and Houston Galleria in Houston.
The first newly-designed Disney Store in Missouri will open at the St. Louis Galleria.
California will get two new locations this fall with stores opening in the Galleria at Roseville in Roseville, Calif. and Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks, Calif.