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Lillians franchise opens in Monroe, Wis.

BY Michael Fickes

Plymouth, Minn. — Lillians, The Hippest Shoppe in Town, has announced the opening of its newest franchise location in the southern Wisconsin town of Monroe. Lillians of Monroe is the brand’s third store opening this year and the eighth location in Wisconsin. The brand offers boutique and department store fashions and accessories.

Lillian’s current portfolio has 27 locations in nine states — Wisconsin (8), Minnesota (10), North Dakota (3), Colorado (1), Illinois (1), Iowa (1), Missouri (1), South Dakota (1) and Texas (1). The company is registered to franchise throughout the U.S.

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DSW sets fall opening for two stores in New York City

BY Staff Writer

Columbus, Ohio — DSW Inc. is increasing its presence in New York City. The company will open a 27,000-sq.-ft. store on 125th Street in Harlem on Oct. 11, and a 20,000 sq. ft. store at Bay Plaza in the Bronx on Oct. 31.

The new locations bolster DSW’s presence in New York City when combined with existing locations at 14th Street/Union Square, 34th Street, and the Upper West Side.

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Schimenti Construction building Panera Bread in mid-town Manhattan

BY Marianne Wilson

Ridgefield, Conn. —Schimenti Construction Company is building a $1.5 million Panera Bread cafe on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The company began the project in September and will complete construction in January 2014.

Panera adds to Schimenti’s roster of fast-casual restaurant clients, which includes Starbucks and Chipotle. A project for another new client, Chik-Fil-A, is slated to begin in 2014.

The 16-week project presents some unique challenges, according to senior project manager Billy Collins. The building’s roof is low and set back, which makes some of the mechanical work more difficult.

“We will need to remove an existing masonry wall to allow access to the low roof, to be able to set mechanical equipment,” Collins said. “And, because the space incorporates the basement and first floor, we need to install vertical transportation, which can be time consuming.”

Collins added that Schimenti has devised ways to accommodate the issues while keeping to the timeline.

The 6,830-sq.-ft., two-story space is located at 330 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of 33rd Street in a space that formerly housed a Burger King restaurant. The project architect is Smart Design, Batavia, N.Y.

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