REAL ESTATE

Starbucks opens India flagship in Bangalore Nov. 23

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bangalore, India – Tata Starbucks Limited, the 50/50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages Limited, opens a new India flagship store in Bangalore on Saturday, Nov. 23.

In addition to the flagship store at Koramangala, Tata Starbucks Limited will open two more stores by the end of the year at Phoenix Market City and Orion Mall at Brigade Gateway in Bangalore.

The flagship store is spread over approximately 3,000 square feet and will be open to customers from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Inspired by the architectural style and tradition of the Bangalore Bungalow, the store design embraces the lush landscape and greenery of the “Garden City.” The store celebrates the artisans of Southern India by integrating locally sourced material, architectural treasures and antiques mostly found in traditional bungalows. The store also pays tribute to the significance of its location in Karnataka, the birthplace of coffee in India.

Starbucks entered the Indian market in October 2012 and currently operates 30 stores across India. Starbucks® stores are operated by the joint venture, Tata Starbucks Limited, and branded as Starbucks Coffee – “A Tata Alliance.”

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Walgreens opens joint store with Johns Hopkins

BY Dan Berthiaume

Deerfield Park, Ill. – Walgreens is opening a new joint store with Johns Hopkins Medicine adjacent to the medical school’s campus in Baltimore. The new Walgreens “Well Experience” store offers a normal Walgreens product assortment, as well as health services including student health services, a healthcare clinic, and chronic disease education.

The healthcare clinic is staffed by board-certified nurse practitioners, marking the first Walgreens in-store retail clinic in the state of Maryland.

“This store is an ideal environment for our pharmacists and the Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners to work with Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty to further innovate in health care while providing greater access to services for the community,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “We’re proud of the great work that’s being done through this unique collaboration that led to this store’s opening as a model of our partnership to help students, staff and area residents get, stay and live well.”

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Jos. A. Bank offers ‘Super Tuesday’ holiday promotion

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hampstead, Md. – Jos. A. Bank is attempting to get a jump on the many retailers starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving by offering a “Super Tuesday” sale event on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The retailer will offer Black Friday prices on select “doorbuster” items in its 571 company-owned full-line stores nationwide.

In addition, these select doorbuster items will be offered online at Josbank.com beginning at 12:01 a.m. (EST) on November 26, 2013, and there will be other special one-day price discounts.

“In addition to our traditional Black Friday doorbusters event, this year we are pleased to offer an earlier exclusive doorbusters event on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving," said R. Neal Black, president and CEO of JoS. A. Bank Clothiers. "We feel that this event will provide our customers with more flexibility in their holiday shopping which is always one of our objectives, especially with the shorter number of shopping days this year.”

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