Nespresso opens redesigned Boston flagship
New York — Nespresso announced the opening of its redesigned Boston flagship. The 2,400-sq.-ft. space is located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.
“We are thrilled to offer an enhanced premium coffee experience to Boston residents and visitors with our newly redesigned Boutique,” said Frederic Levy, president, Nespresso USA. “The Boutique will offer visitors a chance to connect with the brand in a uniquely sensorial way, and is exemplary of Nespresso’s commitment to the highest-quality coffee, products, and customer service.”
The Boston flagship offers customers a relaxing experience in contemporary surroundings. The redesign is the latest indication of the brand’s commitment to expanding its U.S. presence.
Report: Wal-Mart unit eyes Africa expansion
Bentonville, Ark. – Wal-Mart’s South African subsidiary Massmart Holdings Ltd. is reportedly considering expanding into Kenya. According to an article in Bloomberg, Kenyan news outlets are reporting that Massmart executives have met with representatives of major Kenyan retail chains including Naivas Supermarket Ltd.
Naivas did not return phone calls from Bloomberg, while two other leading Kenyan retailers, Nakumatt Holdings Ltd. and Tuskys, have publicly denied they are considering selling. Wal-Mart CEO Grant Pattison acknowledged Wal-Mart’s interest in Kenya in an email to Bloomberg but declined to comment on any specific reports.
Marc Jacobs opens debut beauty store
New York City — Fashion retailer Marc Jacobs will enter the beauty category with his first store dedicated to cosmetics and beauty items.
The nearly 500-sq.-ft. store has opened at 385 Bleecker Street in Manhattan and, according to a Women’s Wear Daily report, will showcase the designer’s 121-SKU color cosmetics collection, as well as his fragrances with Coty Prestige.
The Manhattan space was once used by Jacobs as an accessories store, according to WWD, but has been remade in a jewel-box design to serve as a backdrop to cosmetics. Makeup artists, trained at Sephora University, will work with clients, and the custom-designed fixtures will appear in 11 additional Marc Jacobs locations in Bal Harbour, Fla.; Boston; Chicago; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; New York; Provincetown, Mass.; San Francisco, and Savannah, Ga.