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Walgreens opens flagship in iconic Wrigley Building in Chicago

BY Marianne Wilson

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens opened a two-story, flagship in the north tower of Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Building on June 25.

A unique design, the store’s gradient color pattern and indirect lighting features complement the building’s exterior. A mosaic floor motif of the building’s famous clock welcomes customers as they enter off of Michigan Avenue.

The store follows Walgreens’ “Well Experience” format, in which every aspect of the store focuses on the idea of “well.” The first floor of the store features an Upmarket Café, including a made-to-order juice, smoothie and milkshake bar; made-fresh daily hand-rolled sushi and sashimi; a large selection of produce; and such high-quality, on-the-go meal options as wraps, soup, sandwiches and salads. Customers also can enjoy a self-serve frozen yogurt and Icee station.

The store also features a walk-in cooler with a wide selection of craft beers and a large selection of wines complemented by an assortment of cheese and crackers. The pink glow of the Look Boutique greets patrons on the second floor, offering an expanded selection of skin care, hair care and cosmetics.

Central to the store is the pharmacy, where the pharmacist is made accessible to provide more counseling and services to patients by working in front of the pharmacy counter to foster pharmacist-patient relationships. The pharmacy features an Express Rx pickup kiosk to allow customers to quickly pick up and pay for their refill prescriptions and a private health room for counseling and services, including immunizations and health tests. The store also offers a Healthcare Clinic, staffed by board-certified family nurse practitioners.

Chicago-based firm Camburas & Theodore LTD provided the design and lighting of the store’s interior. As Walgreens developed its Well Experience stores to step out of the traditional drugstore format, the company has collaborated with Jackman Reinvention on in-store branding.

The store also features Web Pickup, which allows customers to shop online at Walgreens.com and pick up their order at the store.

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Dita’s leases Manhattan flagship location

BY Michael Fickes

New York — Handcrafted eyewear retailer, Dita, has leased a 1,300-sq.-ft. store at 273 Lafayette Street in SoHo. It will be Dita’s first Manhattan locations and its New York flagship. RKF represented Dita in the transaction, while The Lansco Corp. acted on behalf of the landlord, 157 Prince Street Associates.

Scheduled to open this fall, Dita will occupy the ground and lower levels of the 29,860-square-foot property, adjacent to Scotch & Soda and DNA Footwear. Other nearby retailers include Alternative Apparel and G-Star Raw. Dita has a cult following throughout the world and counts numerous celebrities as loyal customers. Dita operates stores in West Hollywood, Newport Beach and Tokyo.

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Report: Cabela’s plans 20 new Canadian stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

Sidney, Neb. – Cabela’s Inc. reportedly plans to open 20 new Canadian stores by 2016. According to the Financial Post, the retailer, which currently operates five stores in Canada, will open its sixth in Barrie, Ontario, on July 10.

Other planned locations for new Canadian stores include Nanaimo, British Columbia in fall 2014 and Moncton, New Brunswick in 2015. Cabela’s is planning slow growth in Canada, focusing on locations with favorable co-tenants and localizing product assortments at the store level.

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