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New store dedicated to green lifestyle debuts

BY CSA STAFF

North Bergen, N.J. Eco Shoppe, a new retail concept dedicated to eco-friendly products for healthy personal environments and everyday living, has opened its first store, in Austin, Texas. The store is owned and operated by The Vitamin Shoppe.

The 4,400-sq. ft. store was designed by Kiku Obata & Co., which assisted Vitamin Shoppe in developing the Eco Shoppe brand, store experience and unique merchandise mix to support the goal of making green living a more engaging and uncomplicated proposition for shoppers.

Eco Shoppe expects to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, as the store has been designed to take advantage of an environmentally responsible vision. All the Eco Shoppe casework was manufactured at IDX Seattle, an FSC-Certified division of IDX Corp. In addition, IDX provided sustainability guidance.

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Oakbrook Center hosts Chicago designers

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Oak Brook, Ill. General Growth Properties said Thursday that its Oakbrook Center, in Oakbrook, Ill., will host “The Chicago Indie Collection” on Aug. 22.

Co-hosted by SeeMore Shopping, the event will feature more than a dozen designers, including 1154 Lill, headquartered in Chicago.

The Chicago Indie Collection is a pop-up boutique that will be located outdoors between Crate and Barrel and Lord & Taylor. 

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AJ Wright, TGI Friday’s lease space at Penn Station

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District Heights, Md. AJ Wright said Thursday it has leased 25,000 sq. ft. at Penn Station Shopping Center, in District Heights, Md.

The discount fashion retailer will be located in the former National Wholesale Liquidators store next to Dollar Tree.

In other leasing news, TGI Friday’s has also leased space at Penn Station, committing to open a 5,546-sq.-ft. restaurant on the site.

Penn Station is a 244,959-sq.-ft. community shopping center in Prince George’s County. Anchored by a Save A Lot grocery store, the center includes a mix of national and local fashion, service, food and hard goods merchants. Penn Station recently underwent a renovation that included improvements to the lighting, facade, parking lot, signage and landscaping.

The Rappaport Cos. represented the landlord in the transactions.

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