Online plus-size retailer has ambitious plans for brick-and-mortar
Eloquii is making the leap to physical retailing — with more than one location.
The plus-size fashion brand is set to open a store at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Arlington, Va., followed by a location in downtown Chicago, and one at Easton Town Center, in Columbus, Ohio, which will open in September, reported The Columbus Dispatch.
The openings follow Eloquii's first venture into brick-and-mortar, a pop-up that it opened in March at Fashion Centre. The 2,600-sq.-ft. temporary store (photo above) features an edited assortment of apparel and accessories, including the brand's first designer collaboration and swim line. Tablets are located throughout the space, allowing customers to browse the retailer’s full collection on its website.
The pop-up has been "wildly successful, to a point where Pentagon City asked us to stay permanently,” Eloquii executive VP and COO Steve Zawada told the Dispatch. (The retailer is relocating the pop-up to a permanent space a few doors down on the same floor.)
Looking ahead, Zawada said the company expects to open upwards of 40 stores during the next three to four years.
"We think we’ll open five next year, 10 the following year and 15-plus the year after that,” he said.
Eloquii was launched in 2011 by The Limited, but was shut down a year-and-half later as part of a company restructuring. With the help of former employees and an investor, the brand relaunched as an independent, vertically integrated e-commerce business specializing in on trend fashions in sizes 14 to 28.
New center gives boost to Georgia town
A new Publix-anchored center has brought 200 jobs and new shopping and dining opportunities to the 14,000-plus residents of Moultrie, Georgia, according to The Moultrie Observer.
“We’d had 26 ribbon cuttings through March. There’s a lot of new businesses expansions, adding a few people here and there. Our unemployment rate continues to drop.” said Darrell Moore, president of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Development Authority.
Besides Publix, the Veterans Parkway Shopping Center includes Surcheros Fresh Grill, , Great Clips, Ichiban Grill, Nails by Chris, and Petsense.
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CBL taps Alan Lebovitz for key management role
CBL has named Alan Lebovitz senior VP of management to succeed Jerry Sink, who has retired after a 25-year career at the company. Lebovitz will oversee the staff and operations at the company’s 123 properties, a responsibility that encompasses some 300 employees and 77 million sq. ft. of retail.
Lebovitz joined CBL in 1995 as assistant general manager and tenant coordinator at WestGate Mall in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After progressing through various positions in development, leasing and management, he was promoted to VP in 2002 and then to senior VP of asset management in 2009. Lebovitz worked in real estate asset management at Goldman Sachs prior to joining CBL.
“Alan is well-respected for his enthusiastic hands-on and team-centric management style. He has in-depth knowledge of the CBL portfolio and strong relationships with the mall teams,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president & chief executive officer.