L.L. Bean to Open in Chicago
Freeport, Maine L.L. Bean will open its first store in the Chicago region in September. The move represents the outdoor gear and apparel retailer’s first store expansion outside the Northeast corridor.
The chain will build a 30,000-sq.-ft. store at the Arboretum at South Barrington, in Chicago’s affluent northwest suburbs. It will feature L.L. Bean’s popular Outdoor Discovery School, where expert instructors offer “Walk-On Adventures”—introductory hands-on experiences in such sports as kayaking and fly-fishing.
As part of the retailer’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the store will be built to U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. The Arboretum location will be L.L. Bean’s 7th “green” store, incorporating creative use of recycled and reclaimed materials, as well as state-of-the-art energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems.
Onkyo to stop HD-DVD production
OSAKA, Japan Following Toshiba’s announcement that it would no longer manufacturer HD-DVD products, Onkyo said it has decided to discontinue development and production of HD-DVD players. Onkyo’s players are made with core parts supplied by Toshiba.
Onkyo said it has distributed and sold about 2000 units of HD-DVD players and will continue to provide support for all owners of its products. The company said it will continue to manufacture products geared toward the Blu-ray format.
Saks puts ‘Want It!’ on wheels
NEW YORK Saks Fifth Avenue is taking its “Want It!” campaign on wheels. According to reports, the retailer has decorated a double-decker bus with Want It! images and will use the bus as a means of transporting customers from the flagship Fifth Avenue store to popular destinations on the Upper East Side.
Customers can take the bus from March 13 to 15 and receive free admission to several museums featured in Saks’ Want It! ads. According to reports, Saks’ fashion director will be among personalities making guest appearances on the bus.
The Saks tour guides will reportedly sport Want It! fashions and use a script that promotes the season’s trends and includes a history of Saks Fifth Avenue.