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Hudson Group launches new travel retail concept

BY Katherine Boccaccio

East Rutherford, N.J. — Travel retailer Hudson Group, owner of the Hudson News airport stores, said Tuesday it has launched a new retail concept called Hudson, with the first unit slated to open at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s Central Terminal.

The 3,500-sq.-ft. store moves beyond the traditional newsstand and offers travel-related products such as electronics and media-related items; health and beauty aids; meals, snacks and beverages; locally and regionally themed merchandise from the Puget Sound region; as well as the standard magazines and books.

"We have had the new Hudson concept under development for some time,” said Joe DiDomizio, president and CEO, Hudson Group. “Our goal was to redesign our core concept to create a more open, friendly and welcoming environment for travelers. We have accomplished this not only with the creation of ‘smart’ tablets mounted directly on our displays, but through whimsical, color-coded signage to attract customers’ attention to featured products and promotions."

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Plaza at Preston Center to unveil new tenants, expansion

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Dallas — Venture Commercial said Monday that The Plaza at Preston Center, in Dallas, will see the Texas debuts of Sprinkles Ice Cream and True Food Kitchen this spring, and international retailers LUBLU Kira Plastinina and Aftershock London have selected The Plaza for their flagship U.S. stores.

Venture, which serves as the exclusive broker for the lifestyle center located in the heart of the Park City neighborhood, also said that Sprinkles Cupcakes and Calypso St. Barth are expanding and/or relocating their stores at The Plaza.

“The Plaza at Preston Center has undergone some major changes over the past year, with the construction of the new five-story mixed-use building and the addition of the University Park Library, Cambridge Holdings and Morgan Stanley to its upper floors,” said Mike Geisler, founding partner of Venture Commercial.

LUBLU Kira Plastinina will make its American debut in late June with a 1,096-sq.-ft. store on the ground floor of the new building, and Aftershock London will open its flagship U.S. store on May 9 in 1,850 sq. ft.

Sprinkles Ice Cream, an extension of the Sprinkles Cupcakes brand, will open in a 1,135-sq.-ft. space adjacent to the cupcake store in June. This will be Sprinkles Ice Cream’s third location in the country and its first location outside of southern California. Sprinkles Cupcakes will also add its cupcake ATM this summer.

Calypso St. Barth is combining its fashion and home stores into a single lifestyle store. The new 3,173-sq.-ft. space between Taco Diner and R+D Kitchen opens Apr. 11.

Dallas jewelry maker Matthew Trent, another exclusive Plaza tenant, will return to his original location in a larger, 1,600-sq.-ft. space on the ground level of the new building.

Last September The Plaza announced that True Food Kitchen will open its first Texas location in a 4,419-sq.-ft. space late this summer.

In addition, Bag’n Baggage has opened in a 3,419-sq.-ft. space between Bachendorf’s and E Trade Financial.

With these new additions and expansions, The Plaza is nearly 100% leased.

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Crumbs Bake Shop debuts at Cherry Hill Mall

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Cherry Hill, N.J. — Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) said that Crumbs Bake Shop recently opened its first area location at Cherry Hill Mall, in Cherry Hill, N.J.

The 200-sq.-ft. foot kiosk is a dessert supplement to major Cherry Hill Mall dining players such as Grand Lux Café, Bobby’s Burger Palace, California Pizza Kitchen, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, and Bahama Breeze.

Cherry Hill Mall is anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s, and J.C. Penney, and features American Apparel, Apple, A/X Armani Exchange, Crate and Barrel, H&M, Henri Bendel, Hugo Boss, J. Crew, MAC, Michael Kors, Pandora, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Swarovski, Teavana, The Art of Shaving, The Container Store, The North Face, True Religion, Urban Outfitters, Forever XXI and more.

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