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Macy’s unveils plans for second phase of Herald Square make-over

BY Marianne Wilson

New York —Macy’s on Friday announced the second phase of the four-year renovation of its Herald Square flagship in New York City.

The project will include the completion of the main, mezzanine and second floors of the store bridging both the Broadway and Seventh Ave. buildings by holiday 2013.

For the first time in the store’s history, the windows along Seventh Ave. will showcase views into the store and the Mezzanine Level will link the 34th and 35th St. sides of the Broadway Building, providing a seamless shopping experience for customers.

A redesigned cosmetics and fragrances department, along with a reimagined Men’s Store, and the re-opening of the Memorial Door entrance on 34th St. will create striking architectural and aesthetic changes to the interior and exterior of the iconic flagship.

In addition, the Visitor Center will be remodeled and enhanced with new technology to serve international travelers in their native languages. Touchscreen kiosks will provide guests the latest updates on special events, promotions and merchandise at Herald Square as well as information on attractions, entertainment and dining in New York City.

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Bridgestone Retail continues to expand

BY Marianne Wilson

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. —Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) continues to grow its network of tire and automotive service centers across the United States, with a projected total of 45 new retail locations this year. The company currently owns and operates a total of 2,222 stores.

“We started strong in the first quarter and into the second, and our plans are to keep that momentum going through the rest of 2013,” said Jim Blecha, VP of real estate and assets, BSRO. “In terms of company-owned tire and automotive service centers, we’re the largest in our industry, and in the world. It’s important to us to expand our network, but even more important that we do it strategically, in a way that makes sense for our business and that will best serve the needs of our customers.”

All locations will offer a variety of automotive services and products, including new tires and batteries, vehicle inspections, oil changes, alignments, A/C services, brake work, engine repair and tune-up, transmission service and more.

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Starbucks to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of its sites

BY Marianne Wilson

Starbucks Coffee Company is extending its indoor no-smoking policy to the outdoors. The company will prohibit anyone up to 25 feet from a Starbucks store from smoking, effective June 1, where permitted by its leases.

The new rule will apply to the 7,000 shops owned and operated by Starbucks Corp., regardless of whether they have outdoor seating areas.

With regards to a customer who might be smoking within the restricted area, Starbucks spokeswoman Jaime Lynn Riley said, "If there were any concerns, we would hope to resolve it amicably," the Associated Press reported.

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