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Roundy’s to expand in Chicago

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Milwaukee Grocery retailer Roundy’s said it has plans to open between 12 and 18 stores in the Chicago area over the next five years under the Mariano’s Fresh Market banner, according to a report by Supermarket News.

Bob Mariano, chairman, president and CEO of Roundy’s, said the first store in the expansion plan opened Tuesday in Arlington Heights, Ill., an upper-middle-income area north of the city.

Future stores are scheduled to open in a two-story structure in downtown Chicago next summer; the south side of Chicago in late 2011 or early 2012; Vernon Hills at the end of 2011; and the Lincoln Park area at a site on which the company is still negotiating, Mariano told Supermarket News.

Stores will range from 50,000 sq. ft. to 80,000 sq. ft. and, like the 68,000-sq.-ft. store that opened Tuesday, will emphasize perishables. 

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Luxottica to roll out new concept store

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Australia Eyewear retailer Luxottica Group S.p.A. announced Tuesday that it has successfully opened its new concept store in Australia and is preparing to roll it out globally.

The concept, which was unveiled in Australia’s fashion capital, Melbourne, was designed by architects E2. Labeled the OPSM eye hub store, the store allows customers to dictate and personalize their own shopping experiences.

Luxottica Group’s CEO Andrea Guerra said the company’s long-term goal is for this concept to be adapted globally. He said there are plans for more stores in Australia to debut in the next two to three years, and additional stores could be opened in key markets such as China, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“We are confident that our first OPSM eye hub will be a huge success and lead to future openings in worldwide markets,” said Guerra. “With the features the new store concept has to offer consumers, quite simply it sets new standards for international retailing. Naturally, we also believe this will be the next step in eyewear retailing in particular and look forward to bringing this concept to consumers around the world.”

The new concept, laid out in the shape of an eye, features a simulator room for testing glasses and sunglasses for glare and wind resistance, a product vault featuring exclusive designer glasses, touch-screen interactive mirrors that allow people to play back their new look, and a play place for kids.

Luxottica spent two years researching and designing OPSM eye hub.

The retailer operates 6,300 stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa and Europe. In addition to a global wholesale network covering 130 countries, Luxottica manages retail brands LensCrafters and Pearle Vision in North America, OPSM and Laubman & Pank in Australia, LensCrafters in Greater China and Sunglass Hut globally.

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TJX Cos. to expand Marshalls into Canada with up to 100 units long-term

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Framingham, Mass. TJX Cos. said Tuesday that it will expand its Marshalls store chain into Canada, with plans to open six locations there initially and up to 100 stores ultimately.

The first Canadian unit is slated to open next spring, according to Carol Meyrowitz, president and CEO, who also said that TJX’s Canadian division has the retailer’s highest returns.

“Canada has been a very successful market for TJX since we first entered in 1990,” she said in a statement. She noted that the Canadian market can ultimately support 90 to 100 Marshalls stores.

Marshalls in Canada will be managed by TJX Canada, the operating group managing the Winners, HomeSense and StyleSense chains there.

TJX has not yet announced specific locations for the Canadian launch.

The company operates 903 T.J. Maxx stores, 819 Marshalls stores, 328 HomeGoods stores and 154 A.J. Wright stores in the United States. In Canada, the company operates 208 Winners locations, 79 HomeSense units and three StyleSense stores. In Europe, the company operates 281 T.K. Maxx stores and 19 HomeSense stores.

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