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Kate Spade partners with eBay on four interactive storefront pop-ups

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Kate Spade Saturday, a new division of Kate Spade, has partnered with eBay Inc. to open four pop-up storefronts with shoppable windows across downtown Manhattan.

The format will consist of a large interactive screen, open for business 24 hours a day. Shoppers can browse and select from among some 30 products and checkout via the screen, with the product delivered in approximately one hour, or scheduled within the week. The pop-ups will be open from June 8 through July 7.

"With Kate Spade Saturday we are demonstrating how you can extend the boundary of the store," said Steve Yankovich, VP of innovation and new ventures at eBay Inc., in a Crain’s New York report. "We are taking the best of online technology offline to make the island of Manhattan shoppable through interactive glass."

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Schimenti breaks ground on center to house all Bed Bath & Beyond brands

BY Marianne Wilson

Ridgefield, Conn. — Schimenti Construction Company breaks ground on a $15 million retail shopping development in the Deptford Town Center shopping center in Deptford, N.J. The one-story 100,000-sq-ft. building will be the first to include every Bed Bath & Beyond brand under one roof: Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, buybuy Baby and Harmon Face Values.

“We are pleased to be selected by Bed Bath & Beyond on this exciting retail space,” said Schimenti senior project manager Gregg Chappell. “Over the last ten years, Schimenti has successfully completed more than 40 projects for Bed Bath & Beyond, including their corporate headquarters and several flagship or other high profile projects. We look forward to adding this project to our list of successful collaborations.”

Construction began in June and is slated for completion in December 2013. The project architect is Michael Crislip of Herschman Architects, Cleveland.

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Gap adds Paraguay, Hungary to global growth plans

BY Katherine Boccaccio

San Francisco — Gap Inc. announced Monday that it will introduce the Gap brand to Paraguay and Hungary through new agreements with existing franchise partners: Neutral for Paraguay and Gottex Brands for Hungary. The first Gap store will open later this year in Paraguay, joining Neutral’s 2012 Gap launch in Uruguay. And, in Hungary, Gottex Brands will open two Gap stores in Budapest. A specific timeline wasn’t released.

Additionally, Gap announced plans to open the first stand-alone Banana Republic stores in Mexico later this year. It will open via an existing agreement with retail partner Distribuidora Liverpool, S.A. DE C.V., and will expand the Banana Republic brand beyond its current store-in-store positioning at Liverpool Department stores in the country.

By the end of 2013, Gap Inc. said it expects to have a presence in eight Latin American countries, including Chile, Panama, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru and Brazil with expectations to add a brand presence in Costa Rica in the near future.

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