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Maison Birks plans first China store

BY Dan Berthiaume

Montreal – Canadian jewelry retailer Maison Birks is opening its first store in China, located at Xanadu Plaza in the Central Business District of Beijing, in early 2014.

The Maison Birks store in Beijing will be the brand’s first retail location outside North America. The store design was conceived in partnership with Sid Lee, a Montreal-based international design firm. Inspired by Birks’ latest branding and visual platform, the Maison Birks store in Beijing will offer a shopping experience where the brand’s history, which includes the grant of a Royal Warrant to the jeweler in the 1930s by the British royal family, will be leveraged.

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Quiznos to expand in UAE

BY Dan Berthiaume

Denver – Quiznos is preparing to expand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the recent signature of Royal Bun Cafe as its newest franchisee. Quiznos and Royal Bun Cafe worked together to establish the blueprint for the venture that will bring more than 70 restaurants to the UAE during the next eight years.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah will be the first UAE expansion locales, with stores expected to be complete by early 2014. Quiznos recently expanded into Mexico and Russia.

"We are thrilled to launch this expansion into the UAE, especially with a trusted partner like Royal Bun Cafe," said Ken Cutshaw, president of international development for Quiznos. "We are confident the new Quiznos locations will be met with the same success as our other international locations. The Quiznos brand is continually growing and evolving, and this is another step forward as we continue to attract and gain new customers worldwide."

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This Is Retail: OpenSky CEO John Caplan

BY CSA STAFF

Open Sky CEO John Caplan and his team at the social-based e-commerce platform are reinventing retail and what a career in the industry looks like in the digital age.

Caplan and members of his senior leadership team shared their views on the Open Sky model, the changing consumer and what it means to work in retail recently as part of the National Retail Federation’s This Is Retail initiative. NRF launch the program to highlight the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, showcase how retailers strengthen communities and the role the industry plays in driving innovation. Click here for Caplan’s perspective.

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