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Italian brand to makes U.S. retail debut

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Italian handbag maker Piero Guidi will open its first retail location in the United States, in New York City’s Soho district. The Soho store will be the company’s fourth standalone store outside of Italy, following openings in China, Japan and Hong Kong.

The 1,800-sq.-ft. space, designed by Thomas McKay, is strongly influenced by Urbino, Italy, the birthplace of the brand. McKay’s design for the store references Urbino’s famed Studiolo workshop in the city’s Palazzo Ducale, through the use of classic proportions that are at once cleanly modern and also evocative to Urbino’s rich Renaissance history. The brand’s emblem of two embracing angels, a symbol of positivity and exuberance, will figure prominently in the store’s flooring.

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Burlington Coat Factory to open small-format store in Charlotte

BY Staff Writer

Charlotte, N.C. — X Team International, an international alliance of retail real estate advisors, said that Charlotte, N.C.-based partner The Chambers Group has completed a lease for the first small-format Burlington Coat Factory store in Charlotte.

Scheduled to open Oct. 1 at Woodlawn Marketplace, the smaller format store will be roughly 48,000 sq. ft. and joins T.J. Maxx and Family Dollar.

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King Pinz completes expansion at Village at Leesburg

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Leesburg, Va. — Dallas-based Cypress Equities and Kettler announced that luxury bowling alley and sports grill King Pinz has opened a 6,200-sq.-ft. expansion to its facility at Village at Leesburg, in Leesburg, Va.

The addition features a six-lane luxury bowling suite, plus High Rollers Lounge, a fully enclosed cigar bar and cocktail lounge.

With now 21,564 total sq. ft., King Pinz’ additional space increases the number of bowling lanes to 18.

The Village at Leesburg features 27 retailers now open, including Wegmans Food Markets, LA Fitness, Charming Charlie, Cobb Village 12 Cinemas, Coldwater Creek, King Pinz, Massage Envy, Noodles & Co. and Travinia Italian Kitchen.

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