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Williams-Sonoma makes Quebec debut with new store design

BY Katherine Boccaccio

San Francisco — Williams-Sonoma said Friday that it will open its first store in Quebec — and its eighth in Canada — which will showcase a new design for the brand.

Opening on Saturday at Carrefour Laval in Laval, Quebec, the new store incorporates added interactive features, a new layout and several terminals where customers can complete purchases throughout the store.

A modernized kitchen is the focal point of the 8,000-sq.-ft. space, and demonstration stations dot the store, allowing trial of cooking tools, electrics, cookware and cutlery.

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Sears Canada unveils renovation of four stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Toronto — Sears Canada said Friday it has unveiled four refreshed store concepts in Ontario, and Quebec, each featuring additional brands and product displays.

The Kitchen Shop now features small appliances organized by type and major appliances are displayed in gallery settings. A number of departments, including mattresses and footwear, have deepened product offerings and enhanced the merchandising of the lines.

“Our goal is to create a stage for product and to make it easy and enjoyable for our customers to shop,” said Calvin McDonald, president and CEO, Sears Canada.

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First new outlet center in California since 2001 to open Nov. 8

BY Marianne Wilson

Livermore, Calif. — Paragon Outlets Livermore Valley, the first new outlet center to open in California since 2001, will hold its grand opening weekend celebration Nov. 8 through Nov 11.

Developed by Paragon Outlet Partners, a commercial real estate development firm headquartered in Baltimore, the $150 million, 543,000-sq.-ft. outlet center will feature 130 leading designer and top brand name stores.

"Paragon Outlets Livermore Valley is one of only five outlet centers that will open in the United States this year," said Paragon Outlet Partners principal Robert A. Brvenik.

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