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Ridemakerz to open in-store shop at FAO Schwarz

BY Staff Writer

Falls Church, Va. — Ridemakerz, the build-a-car retailer, will open a 1,300-sq.-ft. in-store shop at FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue, on Nov. 11. A highlight of the space will be the Ridemakerz “build table” where customers can assemble their cars, attaching the body of the car to the chassis and adding custom rims and tires.

The FAO Schwarz flagship store in New York City is the fifth Ridemakerz shop, joining the other stores in Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif.; Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Branson Landing in Branson, Mo.; and Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which opened first in 2007.

Resembling the look and feel of an authentic racecar garage, the Ridemakerz shop offers a unique experience for kids or "customizers" ages four to 104 to build their own car. Starting with a 1:18-scale body style (about the size of a football), customizers can choose from cool authentic cars like Corvette, Viper and Mustang, to entertainment or character favorites such as Lightning McQueen, Iron Man and Spider Man. Customizable options include rims and tires, lights and sounds, accessories and decals, as well as the option to convert their creation into a fully functional radio controlled car!

Shoppers can engage in the “Pit Crew Challenge” where their “build” times can be compared against friends and family for ultimate bragging rights and instills a sense of community.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods opens three new stores, one remodeled store Nov. 8

BY Dan Berthiaume

Pittsburgh – Dick’s Sporting Goods will open three new stores and one remodeled store on Nov. 8. The new stores will be located at Newport Pavilion in Newport, Ky., Bartonsville Square in Stroudsburg, Pa., and South County Mall in South County, Mo.

Dick’s will also open its newly remodeled store in Saratoga Springs, NY on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The new stores will mark Dick’s 10th store in Kentucky, 37th store in Pennsylvania, and 13th store in Missouri. Dick’s will operate 555 stores in the U.S. as of Nov. 10.

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Lane Bryant opens two new stores, refreshes two stores Nov. 1

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – Lane Bryant opened four new stores on Nov. 1. The stores are located at University Mall in Carbondale, Ill., and Bey Lea Plaza in Toms River, N.J.

The retailer also opens two refreshed stores on Nov. 1, at Pavilion Center in Dallas and Las Palmas Marketplace Shopping Center location in El Paso, Texas.

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