Home furnishings giant expanding out West
Ikea is looking to expand its presence in Arizona.
The home furnishings retailer plans to open a store in Glendale, Arizona. It would be the company's second location in the state.
Pending approvals, construction of Ikea Glendale could begin in fall 2018 with an opening in spring 2020. The 348,000-sq.-ft. proposed store would be located six miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. The retailer said it will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.
Ikea currently operates 44 stores in the U.S.
“We are thrilled with the reception afforded us after entering Arizona nearly 13 years ago, so we are excited about submitting plans for Ikea Glendale to extend our Phoenix-area reach,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “This proposed Glendale store would complement our Phoenix-area presence established in Tempe and bring the unique family-friendly shopping experience closer to customers in the West Valley and beyond.”
Nordstrom’s expansion into Canada continues
Nordstrom has opened its sixth location in Canada.
The department store retailer on Friday opened its doors at CF Sherway Gardens, its third full-line location in Toronto. The two-level, 140,000-sq.-ft. store follows the retailer's openings at Toronto's CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre last fall. The opening comes as rumors mount that the company is about to go private in a buyout deal. http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/nordstrom-edging-closer-going-private
The Sherway Gardens opening completes Nordstrom's planned expansion of six full-line stores in Canada. But the company will still be active north of the border as it turns it focus to its off-price division. It plans to open six Nordstrom Rack stores in Canada next year, including: Vaughan Mills in Toronto; Deerfoot Meadows in Calgary; One Bloor in Toronto; The Ottawa Train Yards in Ottawa, South Edmonton Common in Edmonton, and Heartfeld Town Centre in Mississauga.
Nordstrom at Sherway Gardens offers an array of customer services, including complimentary personal stylists and beauty stylists, a beauty concierge, 'Nordstrom to You' mobile personal stylist service, a cell phone charging station, and even classes for kids on how to tie their shoe laces. It also features a first-walker shoe fitting experience, on-site alterations and tailoring, certified shoe and bra fitters, and prosthesis services.
First Look: Hot online start-up opens NYC store
The maker of what it calls “the world’s most comfortable shoes” has set up shop in New York City.
Allbirds, the eco-friendly online brand with a fast-growing and devoted following (especially in the Silicon Valley), has opened its second brick-and-mortar location, in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. The company opened its first store, on the ground floor of its San Francisco headquarters, in April.
Allbird’s footwear is made from renewable Merino wool. (The company says that the wool minimizes odor, regulates temperature, and wicks moisture.) The brand offers only two products — a “lounger” and a casual sneaker — for men and women. The shoes are available in several colors, and sell for $95. The company offers a 30-day trial period — with no questions asked on returns.
Allbirds’ SoHo outpost has a simple, minimalist design that reflects its shoe styling. There is a wavy seating platform with circular stools where customers can try on products. There is also a life-size hamster wheel, where shoppers can test out running in the sneakers.
“We know it’s important to provide customers with a tactile experience to really feel the uniqueness and quality of our product,” Joey Zwillinger, Allbirds co-founder and co-CEO said in a report by Footwear News. “Being in SoHo makes our brand experience accessible to New Yorkers and also visitors from around the country and world. This is just the start of things to come in the physical space from Allbirds.”