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Kohl’s to launch American Idol collection

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Kohl’s Department Stores announced plans to launch an exclusive American Idol apparel collection. The newly created line — Authentic Icon (AI) — will be available exclusively at Kohl’s and Kohls.com beginning in April.

“This launch brings together a national retailer and award-winning television show to create a new collection for customers,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, president and CEO. “We are excited to collaborate with American Idol, a leading entertainment platform in pop culture, and are confident this partnership makes Kohl’s an immediate consumer destination this spring.”

Positioned in the junior’s and young men’s departments, the AI spring collection will be available in Kohl’s stores through June to coincide with American Idol’s 11th season.

American Idol is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX and FremantleMedia North America. The USA Mesh division of LF USA, a subsidiary of Li & Fung Limited, will design and produce the AI collection. Kohl’s will be the exclusive retailer and support the brand with marketing such as national advertising, in store graphics, online and digital media, direct mail and public relations.

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Lumber Liquidators to open at Hickory Plaza

BY Staff Writer

Hickory, N.C. — North Plainfield, N.J.-based Levin Management Corp. announced that Lumber Liquidators will open a 6,000-sq.-ft. store at Hickory Plaza, located in Hickory, N.C.

This newest store for Lumber Liquidators represents the chain’s ninth in the state.

The 133,000-sq.-ft. Hickory Plaza is leased and managed by Levin.

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Sport Clips signs sixth lease in the Philadelphia region

BY Staff Writer

Plymouth Meeting, Pa. — Fameco Real Estate announced that Sports Clips has signed its sixth lease in the Philadelphia region as part of an aggressive store roll out campaign.

Sports Clips is focusing its efforts on the Philadelphia MSA and Fameco’s Jim Creed is spearheading the expansion in this market which includes southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Sports Clips’ most recent lease signing was at the Cross Keys Commons Shopping Center in Turnersville, N.J. In 2011, Sports Clips opened for business at Park East Plaza in Cherry Hill, N.J; Nassau Pavilion in Princeton, N.J.; The Shoppes at English Village in North Wales, Pa.; Providence Town Center in Collegeville, Pa., and at the Marketplace at Neshaminy, in Bensalem, Pa.

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