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Under Armour opens specialty store in New York

BY Dan Berthiaume

Baltimore – Under Armour opens its newest specialty retail location in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City on April 24. The SoHo Brand House is Under Armour’s largest retail store to date and is the first store to feature Under Armour’s Rowhouse Basement shop, where staff will provide private consultations to athletes, celebrities and VIP clientele in an intimate setting.

The Under Armour Brand House will feature nearly 10,000 sq. ft. of interactive retail space that creates a fully immersive brand experience. Brand House will tell the brand story through digital displays that act as points of information, as well as inspiration. The store offers a marquee video wall made up of more than two million LED lights, as well as an athlete wall of fame. The specialty retail concept for the Brand House has been executed in other locations, including Baltimore and Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia.

"We are excited to open our first Brand House in New York City, one of the world’s most dynamic retail centers," said Susie McCabe, senior VP of global retail. "The Under Armour SoHo Brand House is our largest to date and provides us with a new opportunity to expand our mission to make all athletes better while empowering our consumers with an elevated and personalized shopping experience."

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Nordstrom Rack plans 2015 store opening in Albuquerque

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Winrock Town Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The approximately 33,500-sq.-ft. store is scheduled to open in fall 2015.

The new Nordstrom Rack will be the company’s first retail location in New Mexico.

"We’ve long heard from customers in New Mexico that they’d love to have a Nordstrom offering and we’re thrilled to bring a Nordstrom Rack to Albuquerque," said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. "We believe Winrock Town Center represents a great mix of shopping and entertainment in the area and we look forward to opening our doors next fall."

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DDR rolls out additional centers with Tesla Supercharger

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Beachwood, Ohio — Shopping center owner DDR Corp. has installed the third Tesla Supercharger station in its portfolio; the newest Supercharger station is located at Hamilton Marketplace in Hamilton, New Jersey, and represents the third state where a flagship Supercharger station has been activated at a DDR shopping center, following Virginia and Ohio.

Based on current conversations, the relationship could expand to several more locations across the country by year-end, according to DDR.

"We are very proud of our relationship with Tesla and look forward to expanding our involvement across the country as Tesla seeks to broaden its charging network," said Joe Tichar, senior VP of corporate operations for DDR.

Hamilton Marketplace is a 1-million-sq.-ft. power center anchored by Walmart, Kohl’s, BJ’s, Lowe’s, Ross Dress for Less, Bed Bath & Beyond, PetSmart, Michaels, Old Navy, and Pier 1 Imports.

Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to recharge their vehicles free of charge while traveling between cities along major highways in North America. Supercharger stations are strategically placed to enable owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops, and are conveniently located near amenities including roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers.

In addition to the Tesla Superchargers, DDR has also installed four Volta charging stations in Arizona that accommodate a variety of electric vehicles from various manufacturers.

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