J.C. Penney’s The Foundry Big & Tall opens in Dallas
Plano, Texas — The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co., a new specialty retail concept for big and tall men from J.C. Penney, on Thursday made its retail debut in the Dallas area. Approximately 10 stores are expected to open in the Dallas and Kansas City, Mo., markets by the end of May. The company plans to expand the concept nationwide to 100 stores by 2013, reaching a total of 300 stores over the next five years.
With flat-screen TVs tuned to sports, an oversized poker table and comfortable seating, The Foundry will offer a hip, yet unpretentious and relaxing environment, and feature an extensive head-to-toe assortment of merchandise from a wide variety of menswear’s brands. Stores will average 5,000 sq. ft.
"The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. isn’t simply a clothing store men of stature,” said Steve Lossing, president, The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. “It is a place that understands the unique challenges of the hard-to-fit man and provides him with a comfortable shopping environment, associates who are attentive and most importantly clothes that make him look good."
Inspired by the look of a microbrewery, The Foundry’s stores feature an urban, industrial design with concrete and wood flooring, brick walls, exposed ceilings, modern lighting, and steel and wood fixtures.
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Build-A-Bear Workshop to make airport debut
St. Louis — Build-A-Bear Workshop is teaming up with Orlando International Airport to open a new store in mid-May. It will be the first Build-A-Bear Workshop store located inside an airport.
The Build-A-Bear Workshop store at Orlando International Airport will be located in the Main Terminal. The store will provide the same experience and interaction as mall-based Build-A-Bear Workshop retail locations.
REI to open in South Carolina
Seattle — REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), announced plans to open a new store in Greenville, S.C., this fall. It will be the company’s first location in Asheville, N.C.
The one-story, approximately 22,000-sq.-ft. store will include a bike shop for quick assemblies and repairs, and a seasonal gear rental department for customers looking to test new activities. It will also feature a community space for REI and its local partners to hold outdoor-related classes, presentations and events.
REI operates 114 retail stores nationwide and two online stores, and will open eight new stores by the end of the year.