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RadioShack concept store opens in Boston

BY Dan Berthiaume

Fort Worth, Texas – RadioShack opens its latest custom concept store, located in Boston, April 10. Situated in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood, the newly remodeled store features a custom contemporary nautical design, paying homage to the city’s maritime heritage with sailing rope accents, weathered wood and a ship’s bow centerpiece.

Interactive areas throughout the store encourage shoppers to discover personalized solutions and connect with sales associates. The Boston store is the third custom-designed location to open in the nation and is one of 30 concept stores to open since RadioShack debuted the new concept store model in July 2013. All RadioShack concept stores showcase an enhanced shopping experience, including:

• A speaker wall where customers can shop and compare more than a dozen different speakers using music installed on in-store tablets.

• Interactive displays that encourage shoppers to compare products, including headphone demo stations; a remote control toy exploration center; and a GoPro camera display, demonstrating the capabilities of several camera models.

• A "Do It Together" Idea Center where consumers can bring their ideas to life through collaboration with store associates at a convenient work space.

• Technology including touch-screens and apps to help shoppers understand product benefits.

• Newly configured displays highlighting in-demand brands like Apple, HTC and Samsung, as well as mobile carriers such as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

Design and technology features unique to this location include:

• A nautical aesthetic reflected throughout the store’s interior, drawing on the city’s maritime industrial history, including custom color palette, weathered wood with sailing rope accents, industrial lighting, a large navigation compass and ship’s bow centerpiece installation.

• Free mobile device charging stations so consumers can pop in to power up their phones or tablets.

• A 3D printer on display for interactive demonstrations to showcase this powerful new technology for consumers.

• Local content available throughout the store, so customers can use the store’s tablets or mobile devices to find out more about fun things to see and do in Boston.

With the opening of this custom concept store, RadioShack has updated 20% of the 30 stores in the Boston area, with locations receiving a range of updates, from updated signage, to bright, redesigned interiors, to interactive product displays for new product comparison.

"We are delighted to open our new custom concept store in Boston, the birthplace of RadioShack," said Joe Magnacca, CEO of RadioShack. "Boston exemplifies the true spirit of innovation, and the city prides itself on being a hub for entrepreneurialism. This is the ideal backdrop to showcase RadioShack’s fresh new look and renewed focus on technology discovery and collaboration."

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Corner Bakery Café continues rapid national expansion

BY Marianne Wilson

Dallas — Corner Bakery Café has signed a new multi-unit development agreement with Holm Bake, LLC, headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., which plans to open its first of 17 restaurants in the Orlando, Fla., area next year and the remaining sites over the following six years.

With 55 open cafes and development commitments for more than 350 locations, Corner Bakery Cafe continues on its goal to more than double its U.S. footprint in the next three years. Earlier this month, the company announced plans to open 18 new restaurants in the Tennessee and Kentucky areas.

Currently, the rapidly growing fast-casual restaurant chain is also looking to expand to new markets in Alabama, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina, among others.

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Stirling to develop Walgreens drug store in Metairie, La.

BY Michael Fickes

Covington, La. — Stirling Properties has announced the development of a new full-service Walgreens drug store in Metairie, La., in the Barlon Plaza Shopping Center. The new store will be a ground-up relocation of an existing Walgreens currently within the center.

At 14,000 sq. ft., the larger store will feature a drive thru window and full-service pharmacy.

Plans call for construction to begin in July with the grand opening coming in first quarter 2015. Stirling is providing pre-development services, including lease negotiation, permitting, financing, design and construction management.

As a preferred developer for the Walgreens Company in the Gulf South, Stirling Properties (www.stirlingproperties.com) recently developed and opened new Walgreens stores on Magazine Street in New Orleans, Terry Parkway in Gretna, and Pass Road in Gulfport, Miss.

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