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Sur La Table looks to expand brand

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New York City Sur La Table, a Seattle-based seller of kitchen gadgets, will accelerate its store openings after a bit of a breather last year, the Seattle Times reported.

The retailer announced Wednesday it plans to end 2010 with seven more stores than it had in 2009, for a total of 82 locations nationwide.

Sur La Table has already opened a store in King of Prussia, Pa., and expects to open the remaining six later this year, with locations in the Boston area; Troy, Mich.; New York City; South Florida; and Houston. It also will relocate two stores.

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Von Maur to launch new retail format

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Davenport, Iowa Von Maur has announced plans to launch a mall-based specialty concept for young women. The first store is scheduled to open this fall at Westfield Fox Valley in Aurora, Ill., under the nameplate “Dry Goods.”

The name and design of the store were inspired by Von Maur’s heritage as a dry goods store established in 1872 in downtown Davenport. Although the 4,200-sq.-ft. space will have a vintage, turn-of-the-century aesthetic, the merchandise will feature a constant flow of fashion-forward clothing and accessories targeted at young-adult females.

The company intends to open additional Dry Goods stores within the next year. Future locations will be concentrated in Midwest based shopping centers that are not already anchored by Von Maur. The retailer’s goal is to eventually expand the chain beyond the Midwest and develop a national presence.

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PetSmart makes Manhattan debut

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Phoenix PetSmart announced Tuesday that it is making its Manhattan debut with the opening of two stores.

The first store is scheduled to open Aug. 21 at the East River Plaza shopping center in Harlem, which is also home to Target’s first Manhattan store. The second store, located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood between Bleecker Street and West Houston Street, is scheduled to open in November.

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