Starbucks celebrates new store in Tokyo
Tokyo — Starbucks Coffee Company’s CEO Howard Schultz on Friday celebrated the opening of the new Starbucks Meguro store in Tokyo. The store, whose experience was inspired by the traditional Japanese ‘Ichi-go ichi-e’ service spirit (literal translation: one time, one meeting), is located is the same building as the new Starbucks Coffee Japan Support Center.
The design of the Meguro takes its queues from traditional tea houses, as well as modern craftsmanship and translucent elements that allow consistent interactivity between customers and partners. Parts of a green garden and local contemporary art are also featured in the store. These elements provide another point of connection with the local community
Starbucks is on track to open its 1,000th store in Japan this summer. The country was Starbucks first international market outside of North America.
“We will soon exceed 1,000 stores in Japan, an important milestone in our development, and we are confident that there is plenty of opportunity for more innovative growth and development in this dynamic market,” Schultz said.
Report: Costco gets OK to open store in Baton Rouge
New York — Officials in Baton Rouge have approved more than $7 million in incentives to bring a Costco store to the Louisiana city, the Associated Press reported.
Costco is expected to open a 150,000-sq-ft. store by next April at the site of a former Coca-Cola bottling facility, the report said.
Golfsmith expansion continues with new store in Ohio
Dayton, Ohio — Golfsmith International, is opening a store Beavercreek, Ohio, with a grand opening celebration on May 10-May 12.
The new 20,845-sq.-ft. store features a dominant selection of the best brands in golf and the ultimate ‘try before you buy’ interactive environment. The store has three high-tech golf simulators and an expansive indoor putting green that enable customers to experience the latest equipment.
The new location also features GolfTEC, a state-of-the-art in-store improvement center, with PGA teaching professionals and certified coaches to help golfers improve their games.
The new store is part of Golfsmith’s aggressive growth strategy that is bucking an industry trend of golf store closures. According to the National Golf Foundation, almost half of all golf stores in America closed in the last decade. The Texas-based Golfsmith will continue its expansion in 2013 with 10 planned stores throughout the United States.
The Dayton/Beavercreek store is Golfsmith’s fourth location in Ohio with other stores including Cleveland, Columbus-Easton and Columbus-Sawmill.