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Report: Banana Republic launches accessories chain

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San Francisco Banana Republic has opened the prototype of its new spin-off store dedicated to affordable women’s accessories, according to an article in Women’s Wear Daily.

The store, called Edition, opened in the Westfield San Francisco Center in the retailer’s headquarters city of San Francisco. Merchandise is displayed in open cases to encourage shoppers to try on different pieces, and 80% of items retail for less than $100, the article said.

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Shaw’s reopens Maine location

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W. Bridgewater, Mass. Shaw’s Supermarket said it reopened its Sanford, Maine-based grocery store on Friday.

The store, an anchor in the city’s Center for Shopping, is a 64,000-sq.-ft. space that features traditional grocery categories, as well as such specialty shops as its Wild Harvest department that features natural and organic merchandise, a fresh salad bar and a Bargain Bin that offers discounted merchandise.

The store also expanded its fleet of self-checkout point-of-sale units.

“We strive to tailor our stores to fit the community,” said Shaw’s president Larry Wahlstrom. “This remodel brings greater selection and variety to Sanford and surrounding towns.”

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Smoothie King adds 32 locations to reach 600th store

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New Orleans Smoothie King Franchises announced it has opened 32 locations in the first four months of 2009, bringing the fruit-based smoothie company to more than 600 locations worldwide.

“There is a worldwide demand for healthy, fast and functional food, as well as nutritional supplements, that is fueling our growth,” said Steve Kuhnau, Smoothie King’s co-founder and CEO. “We provide products that contribute to the health regimen of our guests, something more important than ever in these stressful times.”

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