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Upscale furniture retailer in Dallas opening

BY Marianne Wilson

Design Within Reach has unveiled its new location at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

At nearly 13,500 sq. ft., the space is three times the size of the previous temporary space the company occupied at the center. The retailer partnered with New York-based architecture firm DFA to bring the new store to life.

Unique to this location is the "Park House," developed in consultation with Dallas-based firm Droese Raney Architecture. An expanded suite of graciously luxurious rooms, it uses native materials and architecture that draws on local traditions to evoke the setting of a modern North Texas home.

Additional features of the new Design Within Reach include:

Thirty fully realized room vignettes;

A hanging installation made up of hundreds of pendant lightsglows overhead at the Studio entrance;

Swatch Wall: A 30-ft.-long material and color spectrum represented by hundreds of wall-mounted, upholstered tiles offers a glimpse of the more than 3,000 custom options;

Outdoor Collections: An expanded assortment of outdoor furniture featuring classic pieces and DWR exclusive outdoor collections, and

Displays of office solutions for home and business.

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Home furnishings giant expanding out West

BY Marianne Wilson

Ikea is looking to expand its presence in Arizona.

The home furnishings retailer plans to open a store in Glendale, Arizona. It would be the company's second location in the state.

Pending approvals, construction of Ikea Glendale could begin in fall 2018 with an opening in spring 2020. The 348,000-sq.-ft. proposed store would be located six miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. The retailer said it will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

Ikea currently operates 44 stores in the U.S.

“We are thrilled with the reception afforded us after entering Arizona nearly 13 years ago, so we are excited about submitting plans for Ikea Glendale to extend our Phoenix-area reach,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “This proposed Glendale store would complement our Phoenix-area presence established in Tempe and bring the unique family-friendly shopping experience closer to customers in the West Valley and beyond.”

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Nordstrom’s expansion into Canada continues

BY Marianne Wilson

Nordstrom has opened its sixth location in Canada.

The department store retailer on Friday opened its doors at CF Sherway Gardens, its third full-line location in Toronto. The two-level, 140,000-sq.-ft. store follows the retailer's openings at Toronto's CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre last fall. The opening comes as rumors mount that the company is about to go private in a buyout deal. http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/nordstrom-edging-closer-going-private

The Sherway Gardens opening completes Nordstrom's planned expansion of six full-line stores in Canada. But the company will still be active north of the border as it turns it focus to its off-price division. It plans to open six Nordstrom Rack stores in Canada next year, including: Vaughan Mills in Toronto; Deerfoot Meadows in Calgary; One Bloor in Toronto; The Ottawa Train Yards in Ottawa, South Edmonton Common in Edmonton, and Heartfeld Town Centre in Mississauga.

Nordstrom at Sherway Gardens offers an array of customer services, including complimentary personal stylists and beauty stylists, a beauty concierge, 'Nordstrom to You' mobile personal stylist service, a cell phone charging station, and even classes for kids on how to tie their shoe laces. It also features a first-walker shoe fitting experience, on-site alterations and tailoring, certified shoe and bra fitters, and prosthesis services.

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