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Toys ‘R’ Us moves to sell 284 properties

BY Marianne Wilson

Toys “R” Us has hired a firm to help maximize the value of the properties it is selling.

The bankrupt toy retailer announced that its subsidiary, Toys “R” Us Property Company I (Propco), has hired private real estate investment and retail advisory firm Raider Hill Advisors to lead Propco’s efforts to maximize the value of the portfolios of Propco I and its subsidiaries. The portfolio includes approximately 284 properties in 46 states totaling 14.5 million sq. ft. The properties are made up of former Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores, distribution centers, the retailer’s corporate headquarters in Wayne, N.J., and surplus retail properties ancillary to the former store locations.

The full list of the properties is below.

Property Store Additional
Store Chain Type Address City ST GLA GLA
8017 SBS Owned 8600 King St. Anchorage AK 57,508
5640 TRU Owned 4525 North Oracle Rd. Tucson AZ 45,175
5664 TRU Owned 7430 W. Bell Rd. Glendale AZ 31,020
5663 TRU Owned 801 W. 32nd Street Yuma AZ 22,437
5615 TRU Owned 1335 West Avenue K Lancaster CA 52,348 55,751
5681 SBS Owned 11460 Porter Ranch Dr. Porter Ranch CA 47,591
5845 SBS Owned 2270 Bridgepoint Pkw. San Mateo CA 47,579
5692 BRU Owned 7370 N. Blackstone Ave. Pinedale CA 37,506 10,000
5613 TRU Owned 2975 Johnson Drive Ventura CA 46,748
5824 TRU Owned 1919 East 20th St. Chico CA 45,947
5841 TRU Owned 1425 Shaw Ave. Clovis CA 45,771
5650 SBS Owned 14705 Oceangate Ave. Hawthorne CA 45,460
5619 SBS Owned 12450 Amargosa Rd. Victorville CA 45,460
5636 SBS Owned 1411 S. Bradley Santa Maria CA 45,453
5842 TRU Owned 6780 Stanford Ranch Rd. Roseville CA 45,040
5605 SBS Owned 3792 Ming Ave. Bakersfield CA 44,208
5820 TRU Owned 370 Northridge Center Salinas CA 43,291
6549 BRU Owned 1400 Gateway Blvd Fairfield CA 42,862
6558 BRU Owned 775 Serramonte Blvd Colma CA 38,087
5815 TRU Owned 2705 Santa Rosa Ave. Santa Rosa CA 38,017
5627 TRU Owned 2425 Vista Way Oceanside CA 35,819
5684 TRU Owned 2800 S. Mooney Blvd. Visalia CA 31,101
9529 TRU Owned 3730 N. Citadel Dr. Colorado Springs CO 47,075
9575 BRU Owned 3555 Citadel Dr S. Colorado Springs CO 31,790
7515 TRU Owned 5 Dayton Road Waterford CT 46,702
8731 TRU Owned 512 Cortez Rd. West Bradenton FL 45,183 8,711
8747 TRU Owned 809 East 23rd St. Panama City FL 30,766 20,510
8718 SBS Owned 2455 International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach FL 46,696
8737 TRU Owned 6233 Tacoma Dr. Port Richey FL 45,707
8738 TRU Owned 2800 S.W. College Rd. Ocala FL 45,453
8740 TRU Owned 1275 W. New Haven Ave. Melbourne FL 45,453
8734 TRU Owned 3770 U.S. 98 North Lakeland FL 27,918 17,454
8736 TRU Owned 3550 N. Federal Hwy. Jensen Beach FL 45,183
8744 TRU Owned 330 Brandon Town Center Blvd. Brandon FL 44,900
8707 SBS Owned 1645 N.W. 107th Ave. Miami FL 44,216
8724 TRU Owned 350 E. Altamonte Dr Altamonte Springs FL 43,767
8728 TRU Owned 26286 US 19 North Clearwater FL 43,767
8708 SBS Owned 19525 So. Dixie Highway Cutler Ridge FL 39,548
8716 TRU Owned 601 N. Congress Ave. Boynton Beach FL 36,862
8712 TRU Owned 3195 PGA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens FL 36,756
8749 TRU Owned 5305 Airport Pulling Rd. Naples FL 30,927
8847 TRU Owned 7731 N. Point Pkwy. Alpharetta GA 44,945 15,352
8853 TRU Owned 9365 The Landing Dr. Douglasville GA 49,286
8754 SBS Owned 7400 Abercorn St. Savannah GA 45,981
8814 TRU Owned 3424 Wrightsboro Rd. Augusta GA 42,654
8815 TRU Owned 501 Roberts Court Kennesaw GA 42,059
8846 TRU Owned 3900 Atlanta Hwy. Bogart GA 31,125
8851 TRU Owned 3000 Watson Blvd. Warner Robins GA 30,725
8852 TRU Owned 2780 Martha Berry Hwy. Rome GA 22,514
6040 SBS Owned 2425 Wiley Blvd. Cedar Rapids IA 45,827 28,711
9539 TRU Owned 3145 Manawa Center Dr. Council Bluffs IA 31,137
6028 TRU Owned 5555 Town Line Road Vernon Hills IL 45,165
6021 TRU Owned 5001 Lincoln Highway Matteson IL 43,265
6057 SBS Owned 40 Anthony Drive Champaign IL 36,866
8927 TRU Owned 2904 W. Deyoung St. Marion IL 30,150
8924 TRU Owned 951 E. Lewis and Clark Parkway Clarksville IN 47,439
6013 TRU Owned 6011 N. Grape St. Mishawaka IN 46,698
8925 SBS Owned 50 W. Honeycreek Pkwy. Terre Haute IN 45,947
6025 TRU Owned 2324 Sagamore Parkway So. Lafayette IN 45,301
8913 TRU Owned 9251 East Washington St. Indianapolis IN 45,177
8936 TRU Owned 3400 N. Morrison Road Muncie IN 31,975
9503 TRU Owned 11620 W. 95 St. Overland Park KS 45,626
9514 SBS Owned 8011 E. Kellogg Wichita KS 45,477
6550 BRU Owned 4646 W. Kellogg Wichita KS 45,183
8906 TRU Owned 4805 Outer Loop Rd. Louisville KY 45,972
8923 SBS Owned 3000 Scottsville Rd. Bowling Green KY 45,188
7831 SBS Owned 2918 E. Texas St. Bossier City LA 30,725
8332 SBS Owned 10200 Reisterstown Rd. Ownings Mills MD 41,451 48,288
8316 TRU Owned 8401 Mike Shapiro Drive Clinton MD 53,117
8385 SBS Owned 500 E. Naylor Mill Road Salisbury MD 49,586
7519 TRU Owned 6 Bangor Mall Blvd. Bangor ME 33,026 31,107
7513 TRU Owned 303 Maine Mall Rd. So. Portland ME 43,198 2,810
9266 TRU Owned 32070 Gratiot Roseville MI 45,900 25,650
6074 TRU Owned 3130 Alpine Road NW Walker MI 45,763 19,000
9265 TRU Owned 29150 7 Mile Rd. Livonia MI 51,643
9274 TRU Owned 43460 West Oaks Drive Novi MI 47,198
9273 TRU Owned 220 North Telegraph Rd. Pontiac MI 45,750
9287 TRU Owned 1705 W. Newman Rd. Okemos MI 32,304
9278 TRU Owned 4235 24th Ave. Fort Gratiot MI 30,609
6050 SBS Owned 808 Apache Lane Rochester MN 45,302
6046 TRU Owned 1852 E. County Road “D” Maplewood MN 45,184
9516 TRU Owned 6926 South Lindbergh St. Louis MO 45,862
9518 SBS Owned 630 S. Rangeline Joplin MO 45,329
9551 BRU Owned 5590 St. Louis Mills Blvd Hazelwood MO 30,590
7023 TRU Owned 1175 East County Line Rd. Jackson MS 45,183
8850 SBS Owned 969 Barnes Crossing Rd. Tupelo MS 31,059
8020 TRU Owned 640 South 24th St. W. Billing MT 30,626
8837 TRU Owned 877 Brevard Rd. Asheville NC 45,344
8378 SBS Owned 228 Southwest Greenville Blvd. Greenville NC 45,329
8375 TRU Owned 4510 Oleander Drive Wilmington NC 45,183
9591 SBS Owned 1370 Western Blvd. Jacksonville NC 42,814
9521 TRU Owned 3435 Oakview Drive Omaha NE 30,926
9522 TRU Owned 5220 N. 27th Street Lincoln NE 30,589
7521 SBS Owned 272 Daniel Webster Highway Nashua NH 45,454
7528 SBS Owned 310 Loudon Rd. Concord NH 30,683
8327 TRU Owned 4476 Black Horse Pike Mays Landing NJ 45,222 3,400
6342 TRU Owned 600 Trotter Way Freehold NJ 44,866
8306 TRU Owned 409 Almonesson Rd. Woodbury NJ 44,208
5607 TRU Owned 4550 Meadows Lane Las Vegas NV 38,931
9226 SBS Owned 3464 McKinley Pkwy. Blasdell NY 46,698
9224 TRU Owned 4135 Transit Rd. Williamsville NY 46,698
6364 SBS Owned 416 Harry L.Dr. Johnson City NY 45,183
6355 TRU Owned 1151 Old Country Road Riverhead NY 34,933
6356 TRU Owned 401 Frank Sottile Boulevard Kingston NY 30,994
7811 TRU Owned 2121 NW 138th St. Oklahoma City OK 46,043
8010 SBS Owned 1200 Lancaster Drive NE Salem OR 47,065
8009 TRU Owned 1133 Valley River Dr. Eugene OR 39,901
5839 TRU Owned 1300 Biddle Road Medford OR 30,676
8305 SBS Owned 3401 Aramingo Ave. Philadelphia PA 43,138 3,790
8326 TRU Owned 1430 Harrisburg Pike Lancaster PA 46,753
8835 TRU Owned 140 Columbiana Dr. Columbia SC 46,004 5,000
8836 TRU Owned 3405 Clemson Blvd. Anderson SC 45,191
8830 TRU Owned 2680 David McLeod Blvd. Florence SC 45,183
8755 TRU Owned 7800 Rivers Ave. N.Charleston SC 45,182
8817 TRU Owned 2200 Hamilton Place Blvd. Chattanooga TN 45,177
8872 SBS Owned 2075 Old Fort Parkway Murfreesboro TN 32,057
8868 TRU Owned 2139 N. Highland Jackson TN 30,434
7825 SBS Owned 414 E.S.E. Loop 323 Tyler TX 45,337 7,400
7050 TRU Owned 25024 Katy Mills Drive Katy TX 49,583
7013 SBS Owned 4815 I-10 E. @ Eastpoint Blvd. Baytown TX 46,698
7012 SBS Owned 20450 Highway 59 North Humble TX 46,683
7815 SBS Owned 2403 S. Soncy Road Amarillo TX 46,010
7814 TRU Owned 5200 W. Waco Drive Waco TX 45,217
7819 SBS Owned 3109 W. Loop 250 N. Midland TX 45,183
7816 SBS Owned 6101 Slide Road Lubbock TX 45,183
7036 TRU Owned 1212 Old Spanish Tr. Houston TX 44,895
7031 SBS Owned 6145 Westheimer Rd. Houston TX 44,743
7039 TRU Owned 1420 Lake Woodlands Dr. The Woodlands TX 30,987
7038 TRU Owned 1306 Harvey Rd. College Station TX 30,890
7828 TRU Owned 2500 E. Elliott St. Wichita Falls TX 30,874
7827 TRU Owned 402 W. Loop 281 Longview TX 30,852
7826 TRU Owned 2500 E. Central Texas Expressway #B Killeen TX 30,822
5689 TRU Owned 86 E. University Parkway. Orem UT 45,154
6368 TRU Owned 13035 Fair Lakes Shopping Plaza Fairfax VA 46,879 32,014
8360 TRU Owned 1257 Carmia Way Richmond VA 48,227
8334 TRU Owned 3700 Candlers Mountain Rd. Lynchburg VA 46,007
8338 SBS Owned 590 Branchland Ave. Charlottesville VA 45,329
8341 TRU Owned 14603 Telegraph Road Dale City VA 44,997
8304 TRU Owned 5521 Leesburg Pike Baileys Crossrds. VA 38,775
8347 TRU Owned 142 Executive Dr. Danville VA 31,018
8346 TRU Owned 4120 Portsmouth Blvd. Chesapeake VA 30,725
8016 TRU Owned 1325A S.E. Everett Mall Parkway Everett WA 48,442
8015 SBS Owned 1000 Cooper Point Rd. Olympia WA 45,453
8007 TRU Owned 4214 South Tacoma Mall Blvd. Tacoma WA 44,226
8013 TRU Owned 3567 N.W. Randall Way Silverdale WA 42,604
8027 TRU Owned 15505 E. Broadway Avenue Spokane Valley WA 31,490
8026 TRU Owned 1401 E. Washington Ave. Union Gap WA 30,437
6038 TRU Owned 1640 W. Mason St. Green Bay WI 46,636
6489 TRU Owned 2906 Market Place Onalaska WI 44,261
6032 TRU Owned 2723 Milton Ave. Janesville WI 30,423
8362 TRU Owned 2301 Meadowbrook Mall Rd. Bridgeport WV 33,842
6063 Surplus Owned 6063 South Elgin St. Charles IL 30,000
9513 Surplus Owned 10895 W Florissant Rd. St. Louis MO 45,972
8838 SBS Ground Lease 201 Buyers Drive Dothan AL 45,981
8804 TRU Ground Lease 5484 Atlanta Highway Montgomery AL 43,158
7818 TRU Ground Lease 4239 E. McCain Blvd. N. Little Rock AR 39,678
7830 TRU Ground Lease 11500 Financial Center Parkway Little Rock AR 30,944
7833 TRU Ground Lease 4166 N. College Ave. Fayetteville AR 30,728
5829 SBS Ground Lease 600 Francisco Blvd. San Rafael CA 45,774
5804 SBS Ground Lease 1330 Fitzgerald Pinole CA 45,126
5666 SBS Ground Lease 25510 The Old Road Newhall CA 45,042
5658 TRU Ground Lease 2600 Rockwood Ave. Calexico CA 44,900
5671 BRU Ground Lease 8165 Fletcher Parkway La Mesa CA 39,663
6463 BRU Ground Lease 530 Westminster Mall Westminster CA 37,695
5678 BRU Ground Lease 11540 South St. Cerritos CA 36,994
6432 BRU Ground Lease 9280 Rosedale Highway Bakersfield CA 30,977
6490 BRU Ground Lease 10640 Trinity Pkwy Stockton CA 30,629
6392 BRU Ground Lease 1559 New Britian Avenue West Hartford CT 30,624
8730 SBS Ground Lease 1625 Apalachee Pkwy. Tallahassee FL 42,588
8745 TRU Ground Lease 101 Town Center Blvd. Sanford FL 30,725
8812 TRU Ground Lease 2918 Turner Hill Road Lithonia GA 49,205
8820 SBS Ground Lease 132 Pavilion Parkway Fayetteville GA 48,294
6437 BRU Ground Lease 8160 Mall Parkway Lithonia GA 30,657
8021 TRU Ground Lease 2395 East 17th St. Idaho Falls ID 30,749
6008 SBS Ground Lease 1703 E. Empire Bloomington IL 45,990
9556 BRU Ground Lease 8500 W 135th ST Overland Park KS 37,766
9245 BRU Ground Lease 4623 Shelbyville Road Louisville KY 37,415
9257 BRU Ground Lease 1965 Star Shoot Parkway Lexington KY 29,476
7505 TRU Ground Lease One Worcester Road Framingham MA 44,874
7512 TRU Ground Lease 86 Swansea Mall Drive Swansea MA 43,167
8333 TRU Ground Lease 11055 Mall Circle Road Waldorf MD 46,008
6430 BRU Ground Lease 200 Running Hill Road S. Portland ME 30,627
9250 BRU Ground Lease 32233 Gratiot Avenue Roseville MI 37,306
9260 BRU Ground Lease 4923 28th Street South East Grand Rapids MI 33,850
6078 TRU Ground Lease 5363 Harvey Street Muskegon Hgts. MI 30,767
6442 BRU Ground Lease 3725 Carpenter Road Ypsilanti MI 24,928
6486 BRU Ground Lease 3321 Tittabawassee Road Saginaw MI 24,685
6469 BRU Ground Lease 5890 S. Westnedge Ave. Portage MI 24,309
9576 SBS Ground Lease 12750 Elm Creek Blvd. North Maple Grove MN 37,019
6551 BRU Ground Lease 8236 Tamarack Village Woodbury MN 31,086
9565 TRU Ground Lease 3600 Lindbergh Sunset Hills MO 46,904
9586 BRU Ground Lease 220 THF Blvd Chesterfield MO 30,624
9590 TRU Ground Lease 1003 Bonita Lakes Circle Meridian MS 42,814
9538 TRU Ground Lease 4603-13th Ave. South Fargo ND 30,724
7514 SBS Ground Lease 85 Gosling Rd. Newington NH 41,959
6459 BRU Ground Lease 447 South Broadway Salem NH 38,896
8307 SBS Ground Lease 500 Rt. 38 Cherry Hill NJ 50,651
6360 TRU Ground Lease 3265 Brunswick Pike Lawrence Twp. NJ 39,117
6503 BRU Ground Lease 98 Route 10 West. East Hanover NJ 37,367
6375 BRU Ground Lease 100 Promenade Blvd. Bridgewater NJ 37,287
6382 SBS Ground Lease 1280 Rt. 22 & St. James Ave. Philipsburg NJ 30,443
7835 TRU Ground Lease 3701 Ellison RD.NW Albuquerque NM 30,695
5661 TRU Ground Lease 1425 W. Sunset Road Henderson NV 44,934
5674 BRU Ground Lease 2150 North Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas NV 39,403
6357 BRU Ground Lease 1350 Corporate Drive. Westbury NY 50,582
6339 SBS Ground Lease 621 Bank Road Jefferson Valley NY 45,947
6337 TRU Ground Lease 88 Dunning Rd. Middletown NY 45,944
6341 TRU Ground Lease 17 Clifton County Rd. Clifton Park NY 45,567
6352 SBS Ground Lease 970 White Plains Rd. Bronx NY 43,199
6411 BRU Ground Lease 2700 Central Park Ave Yonkers NY 38,903
6494 BRU Ground Lease 221 Wade Road Extension Latham NY 38,222
6455 BRU Ground Lease 395 Gateway drive. Brooklyn NY 36,877
6509 BRU Ground Lease 88 Dunning Rd. Middletown NY 22,206
9275 TRU Ground Lease 2333 S. Reynolds Toledo OH 45,474
9571 BRU Ground Lease 9650 S.E. 82nd Avenue Portland OR 37,283
8328 TRU Ground Lease 103 E. Swedesford Rd. Exton PA 45,980
8309 TRU Ground Lease 2703-2817 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia PA 43,135
8873 TRU Ground Lease 1100 Seaboard Street Myrtle Beach SC 32,280
8888 BRU Ground Lease 7220 Rivers Avenue N. Charleston SC 31,371
8832 SBS Ground Lease 2821 Guthrie Highway Clarksville TN 45,440
7809 TRU Ground Lease 1319 West Pipeline Rd Hurst TX 49,224
7007 SBS Ground Lease 8270 Agora Parkway Selma TX 48,635
7035 SBS Ground Lease 5404 San Bernardo Ave. Laredo TX 44,873
9588 BRU Ground Lease 18182 Gulf Freeway Friendswood TX 37,998
9582 BRU Ground Lease 5800 Overton Ridge Blvd Fort Worth TX 37,415
9546 BRU Ground Lease 20280 Katy Freeway Katy TX 37,404
5691 TRU Ground Lease 1780 Woodland Park Drive Layton UT 31,957
8356 SBS Ground Lease 6001 Kingstowne Village Pkwy. Alexandria VA 53,055
8364 TRU Ground Lease 46300 Potomac Run Plaza Sterling VA 45,165
6380 BRU Ground Lease 5700 Leesburg Pike Falls Church VA 37,338
8369 TRU Ground Lease 12132 Jefferson Avenue Newport News VA 31,038
6439 BRU Ground Lease 12153 Jefferson Ave. Newport News VA 25,163
6493 BRU Ground Lease 2502 S. 48 th St. Tacoma WA 37,577
8023 TRU Ground Lease 3551-9th Street SW Puyallup WA 31,608
8921 TRU Ground Lease 109 Mall Road Barboursville WV 33,500
8933 SBS Ground Lease 2846 Mountaineer Blvd. Charleston WV 30,420
5622 TRU Lease 22035 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance CA 49,462
5825 TRU Lease 4505 Century Blvd. Pittsburg CA 45,487
5617 TRU Lease 179 N. Moorpark Road Thousand Oaks CA 40,775
5818 TRU Lease 1082 Blossom Hill Rd. San Jose CA 38,776
5632 SBS Lease 11136 Jefferson Blvd. Culver City CA 36,777
5662 SBS Lease 2500 W. Commonwealth Alhambra CA 34,620
9540 TRU Lease 9505 E. County Line Rd. Englewood CO 44,432
7536 TRU Lease 3491 Berlin Turnpike Newington CT 30,730
8320 TRU Lease 1061 N. Dupont Highway Dover DE 32,763
6428 BRU Lease 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd Jacksonville FL 37,504
6409 BRU Lease 21697 State Road # 7 Boca Raton FL 36,112
6002 SBS Lease 2601 W. Lake Ave. Peoria IL 51,128
6009 SBS Lease 1111 E. Golf Rd. Schaumburg IL 47,215
6017 TRU Lease 4070 Fox Valley Center Dr. Aurora IL 44,164
6016 SBS Lease 7451 W. Cermak Rd. N. Riverside IL 44,033
6049 TRU Lease 4555 16th St. Moline IL 43,123
6004 TRU Lease 8148 S. Cicero Ave. Burbank IL 39,398
6010 SBS Lease 1434 Butterfield Rd. Downers Grove IL 38,377
8917 SBS Lease 3220 Nicholsville Rd. Lexington KY 43,724
7508 SBS Lease 1686 Boston Rd. Springfield MA 43,774
6450 BRU Lease 1 Worcester Road Framingham MA 36,162
6559 SBS Lease 1238 Putty Hill Avenue Towson MD 47,761
8361 TRU Lease 1308 West Patrick Street Frederick MD 45,919
6072 TRU Lease 6207 So. Westnedge Ave. Portage MI 52,117
6069 TRU Lease 2800 Tittabawasee Rd. Saginaw MI 43,135
6070 SBS Lease 3445-28th St. SE Grand Rapids MI 43,123
6068 TRU Lease 3250 So. Linden Flint MI 40,612
6044 SBS Lease 14100 Wayzata Blvd. Minnetonka MN 62,577
6319 TRU Lease 599 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave. Livingston NJ 44,188
6343 TRU Lease 3035 Route 35 North Hazlet NJ 36,121
6330 TRU Lease 634 Rt. 17N @ Ridgewood Ave Paramus NJ 35,832
6378 SBS Lease 108 Veterans Memorial Highway Commack NY 62,170
6314 SBS Lease 38 Wolf Rd. Colonie NY 44,164
6389 BRU Lease 139-19 20th Ave College Point NY 37,402
6367 TRU Lease 708 Upper Glen St. Queensbury NY 31,676
9284 BRU Lease 26520 Lorain Road North Olmsted OH 43,837
8005 TRU Lease 12535 SE 82nd Ave. Clackamas OR 43,123
8368 TRU Lease 235 Park Hills Plaza Altoona PA 32,630
7027 TRU Lease 9801 Gateway Blvd.W El Paso TX 57,349
7006 SBS Lease 5910 Eastex Freeway Beaumont TX 43,365
7537 SBS Lease 244 Retail Way Williston VT 31,608
8003 TRU Lease 18601 Alderwood Mall Pkwy. Lynnwood WA 44,735
8019 TRU Lease 821 Columbia Center Kennewick WA 37,899
5801 DC DC 1624 Army Court Stockton CA 635,800
8801 DC DC 830 Highway 42 South McDonough GA 972,350
8301 DC DC 7106 Geoffrey Way Frederick MD 680,235
9724 HQ HQ One Geoffrey Way Wayne NJ 585,216
6310 Lot Lot Lease 300 W. Sunrise Hwy Valley Stream NY

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Starbucks to open its first U.S. ‘signing’ store

BY Marianne Wilson

Starbucks Corp. is about to open a store that breaks new ground in the company’s efforts to be inclusive.

The coffee giant will open its first U.S. “signing store” in October, in Washington, D.C., near Gallaudet University. (The 150-year old institution is the world’s only university designed for deaf and hard of hearing students.) It will be staffed by 20 to 25 deaf, hard of hearing and hearing employees. All employees will be required to be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL).

The store is designed to promote accessibility and offers employment and career advancement opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people. It will incorporate design aspects of “deaf space,” including an open environment for communication and low glare reflective surfaces. For customers new to sign language, the store will offer communication options for ordering and receiving beverages at the hand-off counter. A visual display will walk customers through their orders, and another display will show customers that their orders are ready as opposed to baristas calling out a customer’s name or order.

In addition, the store will feature exclusive artwork and a custom mug designed by a deaf artist, and a variety of enhancements to support deaf and hard of hearing employees and customers. Deaf baristas will wear aprons embroidered by a deaf supplier that show “Starbucks” spelled in sign language. Hearing employees who sign will have an “I Sign” pin.

“This is a historic moment in Starbucks ongoing journey to connect with the deaf and hard of hearing community, hire and engage Deaf and hard of hearing partners, and continue to find ways to be more inclusive, accessible and welcoming to all,” said Rossann Williams, Starbucks executive VP of U.S. retail.

The National Association of the Deaf applauded the news.
“Starbucks has taken an innovative approach to incorporating deaf culture that will increase employment opportunities as well as accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people, while at the same time educating and enlightening society,” CEO Howard Rosenblum stated.

The idea to open a signing store in the U.S. was inspired by a similar Starbucks store which opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2016 with nine deaf employees. Starbucks employees traveled to Malaysia last July for the first-year anniversary to understand design modifications and gain knowledge to create the best possible store experience for deaf and hard of hearing customers in the U.S.

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Target Q&A delves into store remodels

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Target Corp.’s plan to remodel more than 1,000 stores nationwide by the end of 2020 is ramping up quickly.

This year alone, more than 300 stores are in line to get a design makeover, one that promotes a more streamlined shopping experience. However, each store’s design will be to customized to meet the unique needs of the location and the neighborhood it operates in.

In the Q&A below, posted on Target’s website, the retailer spoke with Joe Contrucci, senior VP of stores, and Joe Perdew, VP of store design, about the enhancements that will featured in all remodeled stores.

How do you approach a store remodel, and what determines which enhancements each store gets?
Joe Perdew: We start by putting the guest at the center of everything we do, and think about the human, physical and digital aspects of the experiences we want to deliver. It’s like a blank canvas each time. We have to use all of our assets — the building spaces, fixtures, interior design, lighting, products — to tell a story and make the whole shopping trip as easy and inspiring as possible for guests.

Joe Contrucci: There are a lot of factors at play, like where each store is located and what the neighborhood around it needs most. For example, is it near other retailers, coffee shops and restaurants? Do guests usually come on foot or drive their cars? Which products or services are most popular or in-demand? We count on our local store teams to help us understand exactly what their guests want so we can build relevant experiences around that. And we’re always testing, learning and adjusting, so the whole process keeps evolving and getting even better as we go.

What will I see when I walk in the doors?
Perdew: Every store is different. If yours has two entrances, one will be designed around “ease” and the other around “inspiration.” The “ease” entrance might have features like “Drive Up” parking spaces, an online “Order Pickup” counter, self-checkout lanes and grab-and-go grocery and essentials right there as you walk in — everything the guest needs to get in and out quickly.

What are some of the new features my store might get?
Perdew: Expect to see exciting new things inside and out. Guests will find beautiful, enhanced merchandise displays that create ‘shops’ throughout the store. Some stores will even get a center aisle treatment that winds through the middle of the store with displays at varying heights to make them even more eye-catching. The beauty department looks like a specialty shop that inspires and invites guests to try the products, and in home, products are on display in lifestyle settings so guests can imagine what they’ll look like in their own homes.

We add concrete floors and wood-plank walls to some stores, incorporate materials like steel and glass and a pop of Target red into the décor, and use pendant and circular lighting treatments with energy-saving LED lights. And those are just a few examples — all to create a warm and inviting experience that’s hip and cool.

For the complete Q&A, click here.

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