U.K. toy retailer Hamleys has opened Europe’s largest toy store, a 73,000-sq.-ft. location close to the Kremlin in Moscow. Designed by Fitch, the two-level space is heavy on interaction and is divided into nine themed areas that combine retail and entertainment.
Each area combines retail and entertainment, with digital and sensory enhancements. Motor City, for example features a Go-Kart track. A full-scale replica of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon (that children can test drive) is the star attraction in Space. The Magic Kingdom area boasts a huge castle in which kids can play and explore, while witches appear to fly through the Enchanted Forest on broomsticks, ducking between tree houses and scaling hidden pathways. Other attractions include a 40-ft.-tall Lego rocket made with 1.9 million bricks.
Hamleys is planning to enter the United States, and is reportedly looking at sites in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, along with airport locations.
Kohl’s donates more than $2.1M to support families
Kohl’s has donated more than $2.1 million over three years to Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin as part of its efforts to support families in the retailer’s hometown.
“Through Kohl’s Cares partnership with Komen Southeast Wisconsin, valuable breast health information has been provided to thousands of local women,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations. “We are committed to supporting families in our hometown, including those fighting back against a disease that unfortunately touches so many, and are inspired by the work being done to inform women and encourage them to seek out information about breast health.”
The company says the donation will support the Kohl’s Conversations for the Cure program, which allows Komen Southeast Wisconsin to engage in crucial dialogue with local women and provide them access to lifesaving breast health resources, and new this year, Komen Southeast Wisconsin will create a Kohl’s Conversations for the Cure program for college students.
Additionally, Kohl’s says the donation will continue to fund the Komen Southeast Wisconsin Breast Health Fund supported by Kohl’s Cares, which provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured individuals in southeast Wisconsin. Further, the funds will support Kohl’s Cares role as the local presenting sponsor of the Komen Southeast Wisconsin Race for the Cure.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Kohl’s Cares,” said Nikki Panico, Susan G. Komen of Southeast Wisconsin’s executive director. “We have seen tremendous success since launching the Kohl’s Conversations for the Cure program five years ago. By engaging local women in crucial conversations about their breast health, we are empowering women to become their own health advocates and providing support when they need it most.”
Since 2000, Kohl’s and the Kohl’s Cares program have combined to give more than $79 million to support charitable initiatives in the metro-Milwaukee area.
Kohl’s has 1,164 stores in 49 states.
Cabela’s to open 8th store in Canada
Cabela’s is growing its Canadian operations once again with a new store in British Columbia.
Cabela’s could begin construction in Abbotsford, B.C., this year, and could open in fall 2016. The proposed store site is located at 1880 McCallum Road in the newly planned McCallum Junction development off Exit 90 of Trans-Canada Highway 1. McCallum Junction Properties Inc. is the developer.
“British Columbia is home to thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and offers truly remarkable outdoor opportunities,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “Abbotsford is a great fit for Cabela’s, and we’re excited about the opportunity to join an area with such a wonderful outdoor lifestyle and history.”
Cabela’s would expect to employ approximately 160 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees at the store, most of whom would come from Abbotsford and the surrounding area. Upon opening, it would become Cabela’s second location in British Columbia, joining the 50,000-square-foot Nanaimo store opened in 2014.
The company said last year it planned to open 14 new stores in 2014-15 – 11 U.S. stores and three Canada locations – and that it wants to continue a similar pace through 2017, each year adding 12 U.S. stores and two Canada locations.
The 70,000-square-foot store in Abbotsford would be built in Cabela’s new-format layout, designed to offer customers an enjoyable, outdoor-like experience with log construction, stonework, wood siding, a large mountain replica, an aquarium and dozens of museum-quality wildlife displays. In addition to thousands of quality outdoor products, the store would include an indoor archery range and archery tech room, Bargain Cave and fudge shop.
Additionally, the store’s staff would host educational seminars and demonstrations, offering tips and insights on outdoor products and activities. Cabela’s Canada was established in 2007 with a store and headquarters for Canadian operations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2010, the company opened its current corporate headquarters and call centre in Winnipeg.
Currently, Cabela’s Canada operates seven stores, including locations in Winnipeg; Nanaimo; Barrie, Ontario; Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan; and two in Edmonton, Alberta. The company also has announced plans to open stores in Moncton, New Brunswick, in summer 2015; Calgary, Alberta, in fall 2015; and Ottawa, Ontario, in spring 2016.