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Office Depot debuts first smaller-format store in Pacific Northwest

BY Staff Writer

Portland, Ore. — Office Depot said Tuesday that its downtown Portland store has been remodeled to reflect a smaller footprint and an environmentally friendly design.

As part of an effort to improve the customer shopping experience, Office Depot said it has been rolling out smaller store formats across the U.S., and the newly downsized Portland store – one of the larger formats when it opened 13 years ago – is the first in the Pacific Northwest to follow the trend.

Approximately 900 of the Portland store’s products have environmental attributes identifiable by their labels. And green building elements include:

  • T5 energy-saving lights and reflectors allowing use of two bulbs instead of three per fixture;
  • Daylight and occupancy sensors to reduce energy use;
  • Energy Management Systems to allow tracking and central control of energy usage;
  • Reused store shelving and fixtures;
  • Recycled content carpet; and
  • Interior finishes made up of low VOC emitting materials.

“By creating smaller stores we’re reducing our retail footprint, our energy footprint and our carbon footprint,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, senior director of environmental strategy at Office Depot. “This store represents a new model for consumer engagement on sustainability.”

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Build-A-Bear unveils new high-tech store design in six markets

BY Katherine Boccaccio

St. Louis — Build-A-Bear Workshop announced Tuesday that it is introducing a newly imagined store design in six markets across the U.S. in 2012.

The new store design, which has been over two years in the making, merges the Build-A-Bear Workshop hands-on bear-making process with technology to enhance the customer experience.

“I am very excited about the enhanced features that will allow us to continue to lead in the interactive retail space,” said Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Among the locations to feature the new store design are:

  • West County Center in St. Louis;
  • Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton, Calif.;
  • Annapolis Shopping Mall in Annapolis, Md.;
  • The Somerset Collection in Troy, Mich.;
  • Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va.; and
  • Castleton Square Mall in Indianapolis.

According to Clark, the chain collaborated with its Cub Advisors – a group of children – and their mothers to perfect the working model of the store design. “Our new stores will maintain the fun, memory-making and personal interaction for which we are known while adding new sensory and technological features,” she said.

Build-A-Bear Workshop will announce details and store opening dates this fall.

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Express announces 2013 flagship openings in NYC and San Francisco

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Columbus, Ohio — Express said Monday it will open two flagship stores in 2013 – one in Times Square in New York City and the other in San Francisco’s Union Square.

The San Francisco store is slated to open in the summer and Times Square – at the corner of 46th Street and Broadway – is expected to open in the fall.

“The age old mantra of ‘location, location, location’ was certainly at work in the selection of these two properties,” said Michael Weiss, chairman, president and CEO of Express. “These flagships will … serve as a gateway to our brand for international visitors and shoppers as part of our international expansion strategy.”

The Times Square location is 30,000 sq. ft. over three selling floors. A 125-ft. tall, 9,000-sq.-ft. LED sign package dominates the facade of the building facing Broadway. The property is owned by joint venture partners SL Green Realty Corp. and Jeff Sutton.

The Union Square location is two stories and 16,000 sq. ft.

Both locations will be constructed in Express’ new store design created by Japanese design firm, Wonderwall.

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