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West Elm to open store in New Orleans

BY Marianne Wilson

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Home furnishings retailer West Elm will open in New Orleans on July 24.

Located in the Lower Garden District, the approximately 10,000-sq.-ft. store is designed with installations inspired by New Orleans culture and will feature a local assortment made by Louisiana-based artisans that includes art, leather goods, vases and stationery.

“We are excited to open our first store in Louisiana and support the design community by partnering with Louisiana-based artisans for our local assortment, limited-edition gift bag and in-store installations,” said Jim Brett, president of West Elm, which is owned by Williams-Sonoma. “The West Elm New Orleans store preserves the historical features of the building the store occupies. We’ve also embraced the local culture and architecture of the city by adding art installations using reclaimed musical instruments and installed fixtures that reflect the spirit of Magazine Street.”

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Ross Dress for Less to open store in Utah

BY Staff Writer

Dublin, Calif. — Ross Dress for Less (“Ross”) will open a new store in Utah on July 19, in The Shoppes at Lake Park in West Valley City. This increases the number of stores in the state to 16 locations.

The opening is part of the retailer’s 2014 expansion program, totaling approximately 75 new locations for the year.

Together, Ross Dress for Less and dd’s Discounts currently operate over 1,300 off-price apparel and home fashion stores in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

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Ikea submits plans for store in Las Vegas area

BY Marianne Wilson

Conshohocken, Pa. — Ikea is submitting plans to Clark County, Nevada, for a Las Vegas-area store that would increase the Swedish retailer’s presence in the western United States.

The application marks the beginning of an approval process that could lead to the store’s opening as early as summer 2016.

The proposed 351,000-sq.-ft. Ikea would be built on 26 acres in the Spring Valley area of Clark County, approximately 13 miles southwest of downtown Las Vegas. The retailer said it will evaluate potential on-site power generation possibilities to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We look forward to continue growing our western U.S. presence with Ikea Las Vegas,” said Ikea U.S. CFO Rob Olson. “This accessible location would provide the already 101,000 Las Vegas-area customers a store of their own and introduce the unique Ikea shopping experience to other consumers throughout Clark County and Southern Nevada.”

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