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MinuteClinic expands presence in San Antonio

BY Allison Cerra

Woonsocket, R.I. — MinuteClinic announced on Thursday the debut of two walk-in medical clinics inside CVS/pharmacy stores located in San Antonio,Texas.

The retail clinic operator, which opened its doors in the Lone Star state in 2006, now operates 45 clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio markets. In addition to the two clinics, a third is slated to open later this year.

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Gap’s online Piperlime unit to open its first retail store

BY Marianne Wilson

San Francisco — Online retailer Piperlime, a division of Gap Inc., will open its first retail store this fall, in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City.

The 4,000-sq.-ft. Piperlime store will offer a similar curated assortment as online, and be styled as a boutique. It will feature a range of brands, from Fryle to Citizens of Humanity, along with upcoming, lesser-known ones, such as Tinley Road and Maison Scotch. Sargenti Architects, Paramus, N.J., will serve as the architect for Piperlime’s first foray into brick-and-mortar retailing.

“Our customers have been asking for a place where they can experience Piperlime in person, and New York is the perfect location for this,” said Jennifer Gosselin, senior VP and general manager of Piperlime. “Our SoHo location will offer an edited assortment, giving customers the right amount of everything in a refreshing setting.”

Piperlime was launched in 2006.

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Superdry USA opens 14,000-sq.-ft. store in Times Square

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — British lifestyle brand Superdry USA on May 9 debuted its largest North American retail destination to date, a two-story, 14,000-sq-ft. store in New York City’s Times Square. It is the brand’s third Big Apple location.

Featuring men’s and women’s casual and contemporary apparel and accessories, the new store will offer an eclectic environment that is marked by oversized jam jar chandeliers, triple patchwork tables made from reclaimed wood and the extensive use of raw steel. Unique features include an industrial bomb light chandelier made from British factory lights salvaged from the 1940’s, bespoke cubby-style denim cabinetry, and vetrine mannequin display units. Shoppers can swiftly check out by optimizing the iPod Touch portable check out systems.

Sargenti Architects, Paramus, N.J., served as the architect of record for Superdry USA at Times Square (the Paramus, N.J.-based firm serves in a similar capacity for all of the brand’s U.S. stores).

Superdry USA will continue its New York City retail expansion with the opening of a Lexington Avenue and 59th Street location in August.

Superdry USA, a division of Sunrise Brands, was conceived in 2003 by James Holder and Julian Dunkerton following an inspirational trip to Tokyo. Beginning with a collection of graphic t-shirts, the brand has since grown into an international retailer that fuses distinctive fashion influences from across the globe, including precise British tailoring, vintage Americana style and hand-drawn Japanese-inspired graphics.

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