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Uniqlo revs up U.S. expansion with 10 stores this fall

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Uniqlo is expanding its U.S. footprint. The Japanese apparel retailer, a division of Fast Company, will open 10 more U.S. stores this fall, in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California.

The new locations, all in shopping centers, will bring the brand’s presence in the United States to a total of 17 sites.

The 10 new Uniqlo locations include:

  • Two stores in New Jersey: Bridgewater Commons Mall in Bridgewater, and Menlo Park Mall in Edison;
  • Three stores in New York: Atlantic Terminal Mall in Brooklyn, Staten Island Mall in Staten Island and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove;
  • One store in Connecticut: Trumbull Shopping Center in Trumbull, Conn.; and
  • Four stores in California: Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, Westfield Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco, and Bay Street in Emeryville.

“Uniqlo is ready to take our next step in our U.S. expansion by opening more smaller-format and mall stores in the regions surrounding our current flagships stores in the Tri-State and Northern California regions,” said Larry Meyer, COO of Uniqlo’s USA business and Fast Retailing Group senior VP. “Our goal is to continue to build brand awareness for new potential customers, and greater loyalty from our fans, with more convenient access to our high quality clothing and exceptional customer service.”

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REAL ESTATE

Dining alfresco at the mall

BY Michael Fickes

Santa Clara, Calif. — Most malls have food courts. Westfield Valley Fair Mall in California’s Silicon Valley has begun construction of a multi-million dollar dining terrace that will feature indoor and alfresco seating.

Where in Silicon Valley is the mall? It straddles the border between two noted Silicon Valley cities: Santa Clara and San Jose.

Designed for fast casual dining and entertainment programming, the 23,000-sq.-ft. terrace will be cut from the mold of high-tech chic. It will feature contemporary indoor and outdoor spaces constructed of natural and raw materials including marble, basalt, wood, concrete and steel.

An alfresco patio complete with fire pits, a pizza and wine bar, sculptures and plush lounge seating will form an outdoor gathering spot for soaking up California sunshine.

Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Café, Ruby Thai, Chicken Wow and McDonald’s will all remain open inside the terrace footprint during construction.

Upon completion, the terrace will welcome 10 new upscale casual dining restaurants.

When the new Dining Terrace opens in November, it will cap off a year of major renovations throughout the mall. Since last year, 50 retail stores have been renovated and 11 shops relocated.

Part of the renovation fitted out a new luxury wing, which is now home to Burberry, Cartier, David Yurman, Mont Blanc, Tag Heuer, Wolford and others. Salvatore Ferragamo will make an appearance shortly.

Come November, Silicon Valley can toast its return to growth on the terrace at mall.


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Executive leadership changes at ScottsMiracle-Gro

BY CSA STAFF

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has named Ivan Smith as EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary. The 10-year veteran of the company replaces former EVP Vincent Brockman, who resigned to "pursue other interests."

"Ivan possesses tremendous legal knowledge and experience and has been a strong leader throughout his career," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO. "His sound judgment and business acumen will serve ScottsMiracle-Gro well in the years to come."

In his new position, Smith will have overall leadership responsibility for the company’s global legal function and activities. Since 2009, he has served as assistant general counsel and VP. In this role, Smith provided counsel for the company’s global consumer segment. Smith joined ScottsMiracle-Gro in 2003 as associate general counsel and director of litigation.

"Ivan is highly regarded by our operators for his extensive knowledge of the business," said Barry Sanders, president and COO. "They rely on his counsel on all aspects of operations, including major transactions, partnerships and sales and marketing activities."

Prior to joining the company, Smith was a litigator with the international law firm Jones Day. He received a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and received his Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University. He lives in Westerville with his wife and two children.

"Since joining us in 2002, Vince has provided valuable counsel and direction of our legal and compliance efforts," said Hagedorn. "I thank him for the contributions he provided to ScottsMiracle-Gro and our shareholders during his years of outstanding service, and I wish him and his family well."

With more than $2.8 billion in worldwide sales, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, The Scotts Company, is the world’s largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The company’s brands in the U.S. include Scotts, Miracle-Gro and Ortho. Its consumer Roundup brand is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. In the U.S., the company operates Scotts LawnService, the second largest residential lawn care service business. In Europe, the company’s brands include Weedol, Pathclear, Evergreen, Levington, Miracle-Gro, KB, Fertiligene and Substral.

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