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Primark to make U.S. retail debut with store in Boston

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dublin, Ireland – Discount fast-fashion retailer Primark, the Dublin-based subsidiary of U.K. retail and consumer group Associated British Foods, plans to enter the United States, opening a location in Boston. The 70,000-sq.-ft. store will open at the end of 2015 and be on the site of the former Filene’s department store in the city’s downtown area.

In recent years, Primark has emerged as one of the fastest-growing retailers in western Europe. It has more than 270 stores in nine countries, including Spain, Portugal, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

Primark is in negotiations to open more stores in the Northeastern part of the United States through to the middle of 2016, according to reports.

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Starbucks files permits for La Boulange store in Los Angeles

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Starbucks Corp. has filed building permits to open a La Boulange bakery location in Los Angeles. The permits do not specify a time when Starbucks plans to open the new store.

Starbucks purchased the La Boulange chain in 2012 and currently sells La Boulange-branded baked goods in U.S. Starbucks outlets. However, while there are 22 La Boulange stores in San Francisco, this would be the first location outside that market. Starbucks has previously said it wants to expand La Boulange nationally.

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Dunkin’ Donuts to develop 20 new California stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

Canton, Mass. – Dunkin’ Donuts has signed multi-unit store development agreements with two new franchise groups to develop 20 new restaurants in South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley area of California during the next several years. The two franchise groups and their development plans include:

  • New franchise group Precision Hospitality & Development, which plans to develop 10 restaurants in South Orange County and the surrounding cities. Led by real estate developer, Joe Haupt, the group’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2015.
  • New franchisee Aharon Aminpour, who plans to develop 10 restaurants throughout the San Fernando Valley. Aminpour’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2015.

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