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Report: Nordstrom eyeing Canada

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New York — Nordstrom Inc. is scouting out sites to expand into Canada, Dow Jones reported.

"We already know we have a lot of Canadian customers," Nordstrom spokesman Colin Johnson said in the report. Also, Canadians make up the biggest share of Nordstrom’s international online customers.

Johnson did not give a timeframe when Nordstrom might make a formal announcement, but did say the company would start with its full-priced stores before opening any Nordstrom Rack outlets in the country, according to the report.

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Gap expanding Athleta brand

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New York — Gap Inc. plans to Athleta stores at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles and at Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach, Calif., this fall, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gap bought Athleta, which sells sells women’s clothing for such sports as yoga, running and swimming, along with shoes and other fitness accessories, in 2008. At the time, Athleta just an online and catalog business. The brand opened its first two retail stores in the last year, both in Northern California.

Gap also will open two Athleta stores in New York this summer and plans to open 50 Athleta stores by 2013, according to the Times.

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Old Navy opens its first LEED certified store

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New York — Old Navy has received LEED Silver certification for its new location in Fort Worth, Texas. It is the first LEED certified store in the chain’s portfolio.

The location also features Old Navy’s updated store environment, which has an upbeat and fun ambience, raceway layout and key destination areas for easy shopping.The clean and modern design is accented with a colorful palette. A kid-friendly area features an interactive video game projected onto the floor

The centralized fitting rooms, located in the core of the store, are accessible from every department. “Quick change” pods located in the mens and kids areas, allows shoppers to quickly try on a single item.

By the end of 2010, about 250 stores had been converted to The New Old Navy format in the U.S. and Canada. The company plans to convert additional stores to this new format in 2011.

To take a tour of the store click here.

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