L.L. Bean to make Vermont retail debut
Freeport, Maine — L.L. Bean announced it will open its first store in the state of Vermont, at Burlington Town Center.
The two-level, 18,290-sq.-ft. store is scheduled to open in October. It will feature an assortment of active and casual apparel and footwear, outdoor gear including hiking, fly-fishing, kayaking and camping products. It will L.L. Bean’s 20th retail store outside of Maine.
"Our stores are where the L.L. Bean catalogs come to life for our customers," said Ken Kacere, senior VP and general manager of Retail at L.L. Bean. "It’s very exciting to open our first Vermont store just steps away from Lake Champlain, which offers countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Burlington is a great fit for L.L. Bean."
Online retailer Gypsy05 to open stores
Los Angeles — Another online retailer is taking the brick-and-mortar plunge. California lifestyle brand Gypsy05 announced it will open its first two retail locations at the end of this month. After nearly 10 years of business, the brand has decided to open branded Gypsy05 retail stores, in Beverly Hills, and in the Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, California. The brand is set to open a third location, in Orange County, California, later this year, but real estate negotiations have not been completed.
Both locations will offer a range of boho-chic Gypsy05 apparel for men and women along with the swim line, Gypsy05 Sand. The stores will also carry an assortment of furniture and accessories, including colorful chairs, blankets, poufs, handbags and scarves in classic Gypsy05 prints and dyes.
In addition, the stores will feature unique found goods, handmade jewelry, candles, and books from around the world. The boutiques, around 800 sq. ft. each, are designed to look like the quintessential California beach getaway. The exteriors are covered in reclaimed wood while the walls will be coated with a ground limestone plaster.
"We want you to feel like you entered a place that you came across while exploring on your summer holiday. You will find things that are unique even for LA. You will want to stop in to find the perfect dress to attend a beach wedding or a special gift for your best friend but then stay for a moment to relax in our lounge area. It’s the full experience and it is going to be stunning,” said co-owner, creative director and designer Osi Shoham.
Stater Bros. announces two locations
San Bernardino, California — Plans are well underway to open two new state-of-the-art "Blue Ribbon" Stater Bros. Supermarkets in California, with one in Covina (Los Angeles County) and the other in Menifee (Riverside County).
"These two stores are a major investment in Southern California, which Stater Bros. has served for over 78 years," stated Jack H. Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros. "We want to thank our loyal customers for making it possible for us to continue to grow and serve even more families year after year."
Stater Bros. has entered into an agreement to occupy the former Albertsons Supermarket in Covina. It will be the 26th Stater Bros. Supermarket in Los Angeles County. The 42,390 sq. ft. supermarket will subsequently undergo a complete remodel and reopen as a "Blue Ribbon" Stater Bros. Supermarket by yearend
In Menifee, Stater Bros. will be building a 44,000-sq.-ft. "Blue Ribbon" Stater Bros. Supermarket. It will be the third location for Stater Bros. in the city of Menifee.