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Picazzo’s to open debut Tucson location

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Oro Valley, Ariz. Commercial Retail Advisors announced that Picazzo’s Gourmet Pizza, Salad and Pasta has leased 2,700 sq. ft. at Plaza Escondida in Oro Valley, Ariz.

The new store for the 10-unit chain is slated for a first quarter 2010 opening. It is the company’s first location in the Tucson, ariz., area.

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Disney to set up shop in Times Square

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Pasadena, Calif. The Disney Store plans to transform part of an expansive retail space in the heart of New York’s Times Square into a state-of-the-art, interactive retail destination set to open in fall 2010.

The store will be located at 1540 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Streets, the former home of Virgin Records, and right next to the incoming Forever 21 flagship. Disney reportedly will use a portion of the first, second and third floors for a total of almost 25,000 sq. ft., according to Crain’s New York.

The location will incorporate technology-advanced displays including an interactive Disney Princess castle to serve as one of many centerpieces at the new Times Square location. An all-new children’s theater will feature the latest Disney entertainment and classic animation. Various children’s activities, special events, and celebrity appearances will also be featured.

“Bringing Disney Store to the center of Times Square is a monumental achievement, and we have created a retail experience that complements the energy and innovation that Times Square inspires,” said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide. “We’re focused on reinvigorating retail and providing a unique shopping destination to millions of families from all over the world who travel to New York for a magical experience.”

During the next five years, Disney Stores has said it plans to strategically balance its retail portfolio, enter new markets, and transform more than 300 locations across the United States and Europe to its new, interactive design.

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Peeps & Co. debuts

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New York City Just Born, maker of the popular marshmallow candy brand Peeps, has opened its first-ever retail store, in the National Harbor development, in Oxon Hill, Md., a mall and convention center just south of Washington, D.C.

The store, called Peeps & Co., stocks a wide array of products, including Peeps-branded sweatshirts, plush toys, glasswear, and all manner of accessories. Yellow awnings, chick-shaped door handles and 3-D chick tilework behind the register tie into the Peeps-themed environment.

“This is a momentous occasion for Just Born, our family of associates, and fans of our candy, said David Shaffer and Ross Born, co-CEOs, Just Born, in a joint statement. “For years, we have seen tremendous growth and excitement for our brands, and received many requests for a store in just the right location. Peeps & Co. is proud to join the community near our nation’s capital.”

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