New L.L. Bean store opens at Legacy Place
Dedham, Mass. L.L. Bean’s newest store — a two-level, 30,000-sq.-ft. space — opened Friday to thousands of customers and a line that stretched one-half mile outside the store’s front doors at Legacy Place shopping center in Dedham, Mass.
The first 500 entrants received gift cards ranging in value from $25 to $500.
L.L. Bean is the first retailer to open at the 675,000-sq.-ft. open-air center that is slated for an Aug. 27 unveiling. Other committed retailers include Whole Foods Market, Showcase Cinema de Lux, Borders, Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers Country Club, Legal Sea Foods, P.F. Chang’s and Urban Outfitters.
Billabong opens first Midwest store at Water Tower Place
Chicago Surf-brand retailer Billabong said Thursday it will open its first store in the Midwest at Chicago’s Water Tower Place in late August.
The 3,700 sq.-ft. store will be located on level four of the newly redeveloped shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
“Opening a Billabong store in the Midwest is a great opportunity for us to present the lifestyle and products Billabong represents,” said Jim Kempton, director of media for Billabong USA.
Water Tower Place is owned and managed by General Growth Properties.
Dick’s acquires six Ore. locations
Pittsburgh Dick’s Sporting Goods plans will take over six former locations in Oregon of Joe’s Sports, Outdoor & More, a 31-store regional chain based in suburban Portland that went out of business in May after filing for bankruptcy, according to a report in The Oregonian.
The new Dick’s stores, representing 300,000 sq. ft. of new space for the retailer, are expected to open this fall in locations that include suburban Portland, Eugene and Bend, in central Oregon.