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Uniqlo in West Coast debut unveils ‘virtual dressing room’

BY Staff Writer

San Francisco — Uniqlo will open its first store on the West Coast, in San Francisco, on Oct. 5.

The 29,000-sq,-ft., three-story flagship, in the city’s Union Square district, combines a sleek design with the latest modern technology, including the unveiling of the chain’s "Magic Mirror" technology. Developed by Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), this ‘virtual dressing room’ allows customers to use the Kinect color-changing engine and half-mirror touch panel technology to instantly switch between different color palettes of iconic Uniqlo clothing. The large bright color monitor is engineered make consumers feel like they are actually wearing the real product, according to Uniqlo.

“We are very pleased with the beautiful design and stunning architecture of our flagship San Francisco store," said Uniqlo USA COO Yasunobu Kyogoku. "We’ve preserved the historical facade while completely remodeling the interior, rejuvenating the space with a modern contemporary twist. We’ve also infused the latest state-of-the art technology to create a marquis shopping destination."

High-beamed ceilings and a large basement to roof skylight enables natural sunlight to illuminate the central glass case housing some of the more than 91 rotating mannequins situated around the store. Other features include a rainbow-colored LED-illuminated staircase, and 77 LCD screens that line the perimeter of the store on seven large monitor walls featuring a rotational mix of Uniqlo marketing campaigns and product promotions.

San Francisco is Uniqlo’s fifth U.S. retail location. The company operates three locations in Manhattan, and one in Paramus, N.J.

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Green building leaders establish firm to advance sustainable real estate

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Seattle — Green-building consulting firm Paladino and Co. said Wednesday it has acquired S.D. Keppler & Associates, a green consultancy out of Rockville, Md.

The two firms have joined to establish a comprehensive consulting offering focused on elevating the impact of green real estate programs within business.

The acquisition combines Paladino’s green building technical analysis leadership and real estate portfolio optimization expertise with S.D. Keppler’s strong signature building and advanced commissioning capabilities. The newly integrated offering serves as a platform for expansion of the firm’s increasing activity within corporate real estate divisions and the building development community, as it helps portfolio owners derive business value from built assets and evolve towards more sustainable business models and practices in general.

Paladino will retain its headquarters office in Seattle under the direction of Tom Paladino, who will now serve as CEO. Steve Keppler has been appointed president, reporting to Tom Paladino, and will manage the D.C. office and other East Coast regional business.

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Bon-Ton to close Elder-Beerman location in Springfield, Ohio

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York, Pa. — The Bon-Ton Stores said Wednesday it will close its Elder-Beerman store in Springfield, Ohio. The company will not renew the lease, which terminates January 31, 2013.

Bon-Ton acquired the leasehold interests in the Springfield store as part of the Elder-Beerman acquisition in 2003.

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