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Report: Amazon opens pop-up in San Francisco

BY Staff Writer

New York — Online giant Amazon has opened a pop-up store in Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco. The pop-up sells Kindle tablets and e-readers, as well as branded covers and power adapters from vending machines, according to The Wall Street Journal. It is one of a handful of pop-ups the company has opened in malls.

Citing one of the employees at the location, WSJ reported that the pop-up store would close after two weeks.

An Amazon spokeswoman told WSJ that the temporary stores were in a handful of malls as part of a marketing campaign.

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Krispy Kreme signs deal for 10 locations in Houston

BY Marianne Wilson

Winston-Salem, N.C. — Krispy Kreme has signed a development agreement with Dulce Restaurants, LLC, to develop 10 new Krispy Kreme shops in Houston over the next five years.

Dulce Restaurants, LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Sun Holdings, LLC, currently operates three Krispy Kreme locations in Dallas, and has plans to open an additional 15 Dallas shops through 2018.

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West Elm opens U.K. store Dec. 5

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco – West Elm is scheduled to open the company’s first U.K. store in London on Dec. 5. The 12,000-sq.-ft. store will feature furniture, textiles, accessories and gifts, as well as a West Elm Market shop-in-shop and coffee shop. The store will employ 30 full- and part-time sales associates.

The London store will include a Local Gallery Wall featuring art from U.K. artists sourced through Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade or vintage items. The wall is curated by Will Taylor of the blog Bright.Bazaar.

"The city of London has such vibrant communities centered around design and innovation. I couldn’t think of a better location for our first West Elm store in Europe," said Jim Brett, president of West Elm. "We are confident the broad assortment, globally-inspired aesthetic and engaging in-store experience of West Elm will appeal to customers in the U.K."

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