Tile Shop plans 20 new stores in 2014
Minneapolis – The Tile Shop will expand its presence by 20 stores to 108 locations by the end of 2014, and also remodel 15 to 20 locations.
“Through our store layout and sales associates, who offer project planning, design counsel, tile recommendations and installation guidance, we are able to meaningfully connect with our customers and meet their individual project needs with affordable tile and natural stone products, building a foundation for an ongoing relationship,” said Carl Randazzo, senior VP of retail for The Tile Shop.
Dover Saddlery to open first Ohio store
Littleton, Mass. – Dover Saddlery Retail Inc. plans to open the first Dover Saddlery tack store in Ohio in summer 2014. The store will be located in Cincinnati and offer in-store services including a saddle demo program and custom boot measuring.
"We are excited to be opening our first store in Ohio and we look forward to serving the needs of the equestrian community in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas," said Ken Cavanaugh, VP of retail Dover Saddlery. "In addition to a well-stocked tack store customers will be able to experience the outstanding customer service offered by our very knowledgeable product advisors all of whom are equestrians.”
Build-a-Bear Workshop expands to Turkey
St. Louis – Build-A-Bear Workshop has reached an agreement with Horizon Toy Company of Turkey as a new international franchisee. The first Build-A-Bear Workshop store in Turkey is expected to open in Mall of Istanbul in June 2014.
With the store opening in Turkey, Build-A-Bear Workshop will now operate in 15 countries through franchisees. Those countries include Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Norway, Oman, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.
“We will continue to expand the Build-A-Bear brand globally and are eager to introduce our concept to Turkey,” said CEO Sharon John. “Our international growth demonstrates the expandability of the brand across cultures and geographies. We are excited about our relationship with Horizon Toy Company and look forward to working with these highly experienced franchisee partners.”