REAL ESTATE

J. Tucci completes construction of Esprit flagship in NYC

BY CSA STAFF

New York City J. Tucci Construction Corp. recently completed construction on the 24,000-sq.-ft. Esprit Flagship Store on 34th Street in New York City. The new store opened on March 23.

J. Tucci orchestrated a complex retail build-out that included the construction of a three-story retail store, including a finished basement and two full floors on the first and second levels. The project design, implemented by Barteluce Architects & Associates, required a compressed work schedule and a series of logistical issues that impacted the project schedule, including an alteration of the building to allow for a unique high-design staircase, a focal point of the modern store design. 

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Belgian supermarket Colruyt plans 70-store expansion

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Brussels Belgian retailer Colruyt said it sees a potential to open 70 more of its Colruyt supermarkets in coming years, its chairman told a Belgian newspaper.

Jef Colruyt said in an interview with Belgian business daily L’Echo that the group planned to open 17 shops in Belgium this year — five Colruyt supermarkets, eight OKay corner stores and three Dreamland toy shops.

“In the long run, we have a list of 70 possible locations for Colruyt [supermarkets],” Jef Colruyt told the newspaper. “If we could open 40 to 50 at four to five per year that would be good.”

He added that the group believed it could increase its number of OKay corner stores to 170 from 65 now and could add about 80 more shops to its network of 260 Spar stores.

In France, Colruyt planned to open 10 new stores per year, the group’s chairman said.

“As for other countries, the Netherlands is on ice, but we will study the possibilities in Eastern Europe. But one should not expect anything in the next two years,” he said.

By the end of December 2009, the Belgian retail business consisted of 214 Colruyt, 63 OKay and six Bio-Planet stores for food and of 38 non-food stores of the DreamLand Group. The activities in France comprised 48 owned stores.

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Dybvad promoted to CEO of Interbrand Design Forum

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Dayton, Ohio Interbrand Design Forum said Friday that founder Lee Carpenter has promoted current president and COO Bruce Dybvad to CEO.

Carpenter, who has served as the design consultancy’s CEO since its founding in 1978, will now focus solely on his role as CEO of Interbrand North America, a position he has held since 2006.

Dybvad joined Interbrand Design Forum in 1980 and was named president in 1998. He added the additional role of president of Interbrand Cincinnati in 2006.

Carpenter will continue to shape the strategy and growth of Interbrand across North America, which in addition to Interbrand Design Forum’s offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Los Angeles, includes Interbrand offices in New York, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Toronto and Mexico City.

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