CANADA: two new co-branded Penguin Pick-Up/Walmart locations opens in fast-growing Toronto neighbourhoods

Two new Penguin Pick-Up/Walmart locations in fast-growing Toronto neighbourhoods “90 seconds or less”

TORONTO, ON, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Grocery shopping just got faster and easier for Torontonians with today’s (January 12, 2018) grand opening of two new Penguin Pick-Up/Walmart locations at Yonge and Eglinton and Queens Quay. With just a few clicks, consumers can place their grocery order online at walmart.ca/grocery, select a convenient time and location and enjoy free pickup.

With these new locations, Toronto residents now have greater access to Walmart’s fresh groceries available at low prices every day – all backed by a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. Customers can shop for fresh groceries, including fruits and vegetables, 100% Canadian AAA Angus beef, pork and chicken and seafood, dairy, baked goods, deli, frozen foods as well as health and beauty products, household supplies, pet food, baby food, diapers, and lots more.

“The new co-branded Penguin Pick-Up/Walmart locations allow us to better serve more Toronto households, especially those that don’t have a Walmart Supercentre nearby,” said Daryl Porter, Vice President of omni-channel operations and online grocery at Walmart Canada. “We continue to invest in services to make every day easier for busy Canadians and that includes offering greater flexibility and convenience to shop for groceries.”

Penguin Pick-Up has 76 locations across Canada, including 37 in the GTA, offering free and convenient pick-up locations for any and all online purchases. Customers can ship anything to Penguin Pick-Up from any online retailer in the world. Penguin Pick-Up offers a customer-focused drive through or walk-in experience that allows online shoppers to pick up their packages in 90 seconds or less. With extended operating hours, customers can collect their online purchases at a time that is convenient for them. Penguin Pick-Up is a “one-stop pick-up” for all e-commerce purchases, including groceries and dry-cleaning services. Penguin Pick-Up locations can store fresh and frozen food as well as hard goods such as electronics and apparel.

“The convenience of shopping for groceries online and being able to pick them up at a Penguin Pick-Up location at the time of your choice makes a lot of sense for people who live or work in dense urban neighbourhoods,” said Mitchell Goldhar, owner of Penguin Pick-Up and Chairman of SmartCentres. “Since its launch in 2014, Penguin Pick-Up has received packages from over 5,000 retailers in 11 countries and the number keeps growing.”

Today’s grand openings are the first two co-branded locations and bring the total number of Penguin Pick-Up locations offering Walmart grocery pickup in Toronto to seven. The two new co-branded locations also serve as a hub for Walmart’s direct-to-home Toronto grocery delivery orders, where customers living within select regions in Toronto can have their grocery orders delivered right to their door by local delivery partners. For more details on Walmart grocery pickup or to place an order, visit walmart.ca/grocery.

The two new Penguin Pick-Up/Walmart locations are:
Yonge and Eglinton
120 Eglinton Ave. E.
Hours of operation: Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Weekends, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Queens Quay
228 Queens Quay W.
Hours of operation: Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Weekends, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About Penguin Pick-Up
Penguin Pick-Up is a network of 76 free, convenient pick-up locations for online purchases. Penguin Pick-Up offers a customer-focused drive through or walk-in experience that allows online shoppers to come and pick up their packages in 90 seconds or less. Since its launch three years ago, customers have shipped purchases from more than 5,000 different retailers to Penguin Pick-Up. With extended operating hours, customers can collect their online purchases at a time that is convenient for them. Penguin Pick-Up is a “one-stop pick-up” for all e-commerce purchases, including groceries and dry-cleaning services. Penguin Pick-Up locations can store fresh and frozen food as well as hard goods such as electronics and apparel. Customers can ship almost anything to Penguin Pick-Up from anywhere in the world and any online retailer. Penguin Pick-Up and Penguin Fresh selling farm-fresh food, are owned by Mitchell Goldhar, Chairman of SmartCentres. For more information, please visit PenguinPick-Up.com and PenguinFresh.com.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $300 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Locke
APEX Public Relations
alocke@apexpr.com
416-934-2123

Felicia Fefer
Walmart Canada
ffefer@wal-mart.com
905-821-2111 x 74466

Mitchell Goldhar
Penguin Pick-Up
mgoldhar@smartcentres.com
905-326-6400 x 7681

Source: Walmart Canada

Nordstrom opens its doors to its new CF Sherway Gardens store; its third location in Toronto

SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) opened the doors this morning to its new CF Sherway Gardens store, making it the third location in Toronto following openings at CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre last fall. The two-level, 140,000 square-foot store offers customers five shoe departments, a full-service bistro-style restaurant and bar, a coffee bar, expansive beauty and accessory areas and a curated selection of popular fashion brands for men, women and children.

“We want our Sherway Gardens store to be an inclusive place to shop and we’ve worked hard to bring in a balanced offering of the best fashion the market has to offer in a wide range of prices,” said Jennifer Gross, store manager at Nordstrom Sherway Gardens “We look forward to serving customers on their terms through a more convenient west end location.”

CF Sherway Gardens completes the company’s planned full-line expansion of six stores in Canada. The retailer also serves customers at CF Chinook Centre in Calgary, CF Rideau Centre in Ottawa, CF Pacific Place in Vancouver, CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto.

“Our journey with Nordstrom began in 2012 when we jointly announced their entry into Canada through Cadillac Fairview shopping centres,” said John Sullivan, President and CEO, Cadillac Fairview. “Today, we are thrilled to stand alongside Nordstrom to celebrate the opening of their store with us at CF Sherway Gardens and the first to serve shoppers in Toronto’s west end.”

Customers can shop a great selection of brands, including shoes from Kate Spade New York, Vince Camuto, Ted Baker London, Tory Burch, Steve Madden and Nike, as well as handbags from Rebecca Minkoff and Celine Dion. The women’s apparel offering includes, among others, Madewell, Rag & Bone, Alice + Olivia, Veronica Beard and Free People. The store’s expansive Beauty department features brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford, MAC, Nars, Chanel, Diptyque, Jo Malone, and an area dedicated to Korean beauty products called KBeauty, a first for the company. Men’s brands include Billy Reid, John Varvatos, Canali, Hugo Boss, Wings and Horns and more. The store also houses an At Home department featuring bed, bath, dining and home décor and gifts.

The store offers many services to make shopping easy, convenient and fun for customers, including: complimentary Personal Stylists and Beauty Stylists, a Beauty Concierge, ‘Nordstrom to You’ a mobile personal stylist service, a cell phone charging station, kids’ shoe-tying classes and a first-walker shoe fitting experience, on-site alterations and tailoring, certified shoe and bra fitters, prosthesis services, Nordstrom Rewards, UnionPay and more.

Opening day festivities began with a Beauty Bash hosted by Nordstrom just outside its mall entrance at 8 a.m. Nordstrom’s team of beauty and fragrance experts provided customers with free skincare consultations, demonstrations and makeup updates for the fall season. More than 300 employees welcomed the first customers through the doors when the store officially opened at 10 a.m.

Earlier in the week, Nordstrom hosted and underwrote Nordstrom Night Out, an opening party for 1,500 guests. Local nonprofits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto and St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundationwere the beneficiaries of more than $145,000 in ticket sale proceeds.

The company plans to open six Nordstrom Rack stores in Canada next year, including: Vaughan Mills in Toronto on March 22, 2018; Deerfoot Meadows in Calgary on April 26, 2018; One Bloor in Toronto on May 3, 2018; and three stores in fall 2018 at The Ottawa Train Yards in Ottawa, South Edmonton Common in Edmonton, and Heartfeld Town Centre in Mississauga. Nordstrom Rack is the off-price division of Nordstrom, Inc. offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 356 stores in 40 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 224 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

CONTACT:
John Bailey
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3018

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

RioCan: Shopify expands its lease requirement at King Portland Centre in Toronto; achieving 93% of total leased area of the new office component

Toronto, 2017-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Allied Properties REIT (TSX:AP.UN) and RioCan REIT (TSX:REI.UN) today (July 19, 2017) announced another important lease transaction in connection with the development of King Portland Centre in Toronto. Shopify has signed a commitment to expand its lease requirement by approximately 46,234 square feet of GLA, bringing its total requirement in the new office space under construction at King Portland Centre to approximately 158,520 square feet of GLA and the total leased area of the new office component to approximately 93%.

King Portland Centre, 602-620 and 642 King Street West, Toronto

The overall development site for King Portland Centre includes 79,975 square feet of land with frontage on King Street West, Portland Street and Adelaide Street West and is comprised of a restored heritage structure, 602-604 King West (the “Rental Property”), an adjacent property extending from King West through to Adelaide West (the “Development Property”) and a heritage structure under restoration, 642 King West (the “Ancillary Property”). The Rental Property is substantially leased and is expected to remain so through the development process. The Ancillary Property is undergoing restoration and is scheduled for completion in early 2018.

Allied and RioCan are building a new structure on the Development Property that will be integrated with the Rental Property and the Ancillary Property. The new structure will be comprised of 256,173 square feet of office GLA and 13,035 square feet of retail GLA fronting on King West and approximately 116 residential units fronting on Adelaide West. The office and retail components of King Portland Centre have been designed to a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) CS (Core & Shell) Platinum standard and will include best-in-class operational, environmental, life-safety and health and wellness systems.

Each of Allied and RioCan owns an undivided 50% interest in the Rental Property, the Development Property and the Ancillary Property. On completion of the new component of King Portland Centre, which is scheduled for early 2019, Allied will manage the office component and RioCan will manage the retail and residential components.

Cautionary Statements – Allied Properties REIT

This press release may contain forward-looking statements with respect to Allied, its operations, strategy, financial performance and condition. These statements generally can be identified by use of forward looking words such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “intends”, “believe” or “continue” or the negative thereof or similar variations. The actual results and performance of Allied discussed herein could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including that the transactions contemplated herein are completed. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, among other things, general economic and market factors, competition, changes in government regulations and the factors described under “Risk Factors” in Allied’s Annual Information Form, which is available at www.sedar.com. These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to Allied and persons acting on Allied’s behalf. Unless otherwise stated, all forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and the parties have no obligation to update such statements.

Cautionary Statements – RioCan REIT

This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. This information includes, but is not limited to, statements made with respect to RioCan’s development program together with other statements concerning RioCan’s objectives, its strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to management’s beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “objective”, “may”, “will”, “would”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “should”, “plan”, “continue”, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. All forward-looking statements in this News Release are qualified by these cautionary statements.

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future events or performance and, by its nature, is based on RioCan’s current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described under “Risks and Uncertainties” in RioCan’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the period ended March 31, 2017 (“MD&A”) and the Trust’s most recent Annual Report and Annual Information Form, which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this News Release.

Except as required by applicable law, RioCan undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Allied

Allied Properties REIT is a leading owner, manager and developer of urban office environments that enrich experience and enhance profitability for business tenants operating in Canada’s major cities. Its objectives are to provide stable and growing cash distributions to unitholders and to maximize unitholder value through effective management and accretive portfolio growth.

About RioCan

RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $14.6 billion as at March 31, 2017. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 300 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 15 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 46 million square feet. For the past 25 years, we have shaped the future, sensibly cultivated growth, and taken our stakeholders and partners wherever they needed to go. Currently, we have more than 6,200 tenants and 700 employees with a presence from coast to coast. We know that there is a home for every retailer. Whether we find it today or build it for tomorrow, we deliver real vision, solid ground. For more information, visit www.riocan.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Michael R. Emory
President & Chief Executive Officer, Allied Properties REIT
(416) 977-9002

Edward Sonshine
O. Ont., Q.C. Chief Executive Officer
RioCan REIT
(416) 866-3018

Source: RioCan

Rexall opens flagship drugstore in the historic Brunswick House in Toronto

Rexall opens flagship drugstore in the historic Brunswick House in Toronto

 

Flagship drugstore looks to the future while respecting the heritage property’s rich history

TORONTO, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rexall today (Apr 27, 2017) officially marks the beginning of a new chapter in the rich history of the Brunswick House as its flagship drugstore in Toronto’s Harbord Village.

“For many years, the Brunswick House was synonymous with good times. We’re very proud to be a part of the community and build on that legacy by providing excellent health and wellness services to the community,” said Paul Dale, Executive Vice President, Store Operations.

To remain true to the building’s history, Rexall worked closely with the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Service, and fully restored the building’s outdoor façade and interior elements, including its famous keg barrel bar, which now serves as the store’s main checkout area. Chandeliers, tin ceilings and iconic interior signage have all been restored and now feature prominently in the new drugstore’s layout and design.

Known for over 100 years as a hotel, local bar and famous live music venue, the new store opening was celebrated with the unveiling of the Rexall Brunswick House Music Artifacts Exhibition. Items on display include priceless memorabilia from household names whose music once graced its stage: Jeff Healey, Oscar Peterson, Downchild Blues Band, Peter Appleyard and others.

“The Brunswick House is hallowed ground for music fans, not just in Toronto but across Canada,” said Alan Cross, Curator for the Rexall Brunswick House Music Artifacts Exhibition. “With Rexall’s support, this exhibit is a fitting tribute and homage to those artists who graced its stage.”

The music exhibit and memorabilia collection, the launch of which was attended by media and industry guests, will remain open to the general public before moving on to a permanent home at Calgary’s Studio Bell, home of the illustrious National Music Centre, where it will go on display in 2018.

“While we give a nod to the Brunny’s contribution to Toronto’s vibrant music history and community, health care is at the core of our business. Rexall is committed to providing patients with the highest quality of care, as well as improving health outcomes by delivering a more complete and personalized health experience,” added Dale.

Rexall pharmacists are industry leaders in the delivery of patient-focused services, including medication reviews, smoking cessation, providing injections and immunizations such as the flu shot and the vaccine to prevent shingles. Residents of Harbord Village and surrounding area will be able to access high-quality health services closer to home.

About Rexall
With a heritage dating back over a century, Rexall/Pharma Plus is a leading drugstore operator with a dynamic history of innovation and growth. Our focus is helping Canadians improve their overall health and wellness with a wide assortment of products and easily accessible, more convenient services. Operating 471 pharmacies across Canada, Rexall’s 7,300 employees are dedicated to providing exceptional patient care and customer service. Rexall is a member of the Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of McKesson Corporation. For more information, visit rexall.ca.

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For further information:
Derek Tupling
(w) 905.501.7894
(c) 647.282.1689
dtupling@rexall.ca

PM Rendon
DDB Public Relations
(w) 416.972.7784
(c) 416.301.2391
paul-mark.rendon@can.ddbpr.com

Source: Rexall

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Fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom opens new store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) opened the doors to its new store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre today (Oct. 21, 2016), making it the company’s second location in Toronto since opening at CF Toronto Eaton Centre last month. The new 199,000 square-foot, three-level store offers a curated selection of merchandise from many of the world’s best brands from accessible to luxury price points.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to more conveniently serve Toronto customers with a second store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre,” said Brynn Herthel, Nordstrom Yorkdale Shopping Centre store manager. “This new store features our most directional design concepts to date including an abundance of natural light combined with compelling merchandise and unique services that we hope Torontonians will love.”

Yorkdale Shopping Centre marks the fifth of six announced Nordstrom stores to open in Canada through 2017. CF Sherway Gardens will also open in Toronto on September 15, 2017.

Customers can shop a wide variety of brands from luxury designers like Céline, Dries Van Noten and Valentino to accessible favorites from Nike and Madewell. The flagship store will also include 12 designer apparel and handbag boutiques along with several services to enhance every customer’s shopping experience such as Same-Day Delivery Service, Language Ambassadors, a JWN Private Shopping Suite and more. The new store will also feature three food offerings including a full-service restaurant and bar, cocktail lounge and specialty coffee bar.

Opening day kicked off at 8 a.m. with a Beauty Bash hosted by Nordstrom just outside the store’s mall entrance. Customers experienced complimentary skincare consultations and makeup lessons from the store’s team of beauty experts. More than 800 employees were standing by to greet the first customers as they walked through the store’s doors at 10 a.m.

Earlier in the week as part of the opening events, Nordstrom hosted an in-store gala for more than 1,700 guests. All proceeds from tickets sales – more than $224,000– supported local organizations Covenant House Toronto, Humber River Hospital Foundation, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO),SickKids Foundation, St. Michael’s Foundation and Women’s College Hospital Foundation. A total of nearly $500,000 from the combined tickets sales of the Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre gala last month and this gala will be donated evenly among all six beneficiaries. Special gala guests included international supermodels Chanel Iman and Lindsay Ellingson, celebrity DJs Russell Peters, DJ Jazzy Jeff,Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis. Canadian designers Aurora James of Brother Vellies and Steven Tai were also in attendance.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 346 stores in 40 states and Canada. Customers are served at 123Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 213 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its six clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on theNYSE under the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
John Bailey
Nordstrom, Inc.
206.579.8626

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

UNIQLO to open its first two stores in Toronto

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — UNIQLO, the global casual apparel retailer, today (2016.08.25) announced that it launches in Canada with the opening of its first two stores in Toronto: one in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre on September 30 and one in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre on October 20.

“We are very excited to launch UNIQLO in Canada and introduce our LifeWear – innovative, high-quality clothing that is universal in design and comfort and made for everyone, everywhere – as well as our exceptional value and customer service to Canadian customers,” said Yasuhiro Hayashi, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO Canada. “At UNIQLO, we constantly improve our products to be able to offer more warmth, more lightness and more comfort. Torontonians are known for celebrating individuality and continuous reinvention, and these qualities make Toronto the perfect place to open our first doors.”

The UNIQLO CF Toronto Eaton Centre location is a two-level store with a total sales floor of 27,400 square feet, located on the 3rd floor of the city’s shopping centre facing Yonge-Dundas Square. UNIQLO Yorkdale Shopping Centre is a two-level store featuring a total sales floor of 25,500 square feet in the new wing expansion of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

Recognized for its innovative functional apparel, as well as its high-quality wardrobe staples, UNIQLO will present a range of core items for men, women, kids and babies at its two stores. In addition to the brand’s signature items such as Ultra Light Down, HEATTECH, Cashmere, Extra Fine Merino, Jeans and Oxford Shirts, the stores will carry designer collaborations like the Inès de la Fressange and Carine Roitfeld collections.

UNIQLO CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Opening date : Friday, September 30, 2016
Address : 220 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H1, Canada
Hours : OPENING DAY: September 30: 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sales floor : Approx. 27,400 square feet across two levels

UNIQLO Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Opening date : Thursday, October 20, 2016
Address : 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario M6A 2T9, Canada
Hours : Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sales floor : Approx. 25,500 square feet across two levels

Source: Uniqlo

Nordstrom expands its in-store boutique SPACE to four additional stores in Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom is expanding its in-store boutique SPACE to four additional stores in Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto, thereby doubling the number of locations since its launch one year ago.

Introduced in fall 2015 by Olivia Kim, Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, SPACE features collections from emerging and advanced designers such as Simone Rocha, Vetements, Comme des Garçons Collection, Koché, Undercover, Ellery, Colovos, Phelan, Molly Goddard and more. The shop lives as a standalone boutique within the store’s designer department, and houses cross-category collections of apparel, shoes, handbags, accessories, home goods and fragrance.

SPACE initially launched exclusively in the retailer’s flagship locations, yet now expands to new markets known as shopping destinations. On August 24th, SPACE will open at The Mall at Green Hills in Nashville, Tenn. followed by The Grove in Los Angeles on August 26th. Nordstrom will open its first Toronto store on September 16 at Eaton Centre, followed by Yorkdale Centre on October 21. Both will open with SPACE.

“These cities are known for their amazing fashion and the people there have such a strong sense of individual style,” said Kim. “We want to make a statement with our stores in these markets and identify them as destinations for fashion, style, art and culture. Our customers are really curious and educated about fashion, and part of our goal with SPACE is to create a platform to introduce our customers to this side of designer fashion – this place where the directional collections or up-and-comers have a place to live and grow.”

The boutique was designed with artistic elements and pops of color to distinguish it from the rest of the retail floor – think pink mannequins, mixed materials and art objects to accent the area. Kim worked with the Nordstrom design team to create a framework that feels open and airy to allow customers to flow in and out of the boutique, then decorated each with work from artists, furniture makers and artisans so each feels uniquely warm and inviting.

The shops feature pieces like neon pink mirrors from Ettore Sottsass, bright pink woven rubber benches by Kwangho Lee and graphic printed end tables by Michele De Lucchi. SPACE also includes colorful vintage benches by Verner Panton, rainbow resin polychrome shelving from Gaetano Pesce, and other one-of-a-kind pieces from Kim’s favorite artists sourced from Johnson Trading Gallery in New York City.

To celebrate the launch of SPACE in Toronto, Kim and the Creative Projects team created a special capsule collection of exclusive ready-to-wear and accessory items from Canadian designers Brother Vellies, Steven Tai, WWAKE and Vejas. The capsule collection will be available in-store only at SPACE Vancouver and Toronto locations.

This fall, SPACE will be found in the following Nordstrom stores and online:

  • Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Wash.
  • Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
  • Pacific Centre, Vancouver, B.C .
  • San Francisco Centre, San Francisco, Calif.
  • The Mall at Green Hills, Nashville, Tenn. (opening August 24, 2016)
  • The Grove, Los Angeles, Calif. (opening August 26, 2016)
  • Eaton Centre, Toronto, Ont. (opening September 16, 2016)
  • Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto, Ont. (opening October 21, 2016)
  • Nordstrom.com/SPACE

DESIGNERS INCLUDE:

Acne Studios Faustine Steinmetz Pièce à Conviction
Adieu Isa Arfen Pippa Small
Anita Ko Jacquemus Roksanda
Anna Sheffield Jemma Wynne Sarah & Sebastian
Anthony Vaccarello Julien David Shrimps
Ashley Williams Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons Simon Miller
Bella Freud Kara Simone Rocha
Betony Vernon Koché Sofie D’Hoore
Brooke Gregson Lara Melchior Sophie Bille Brahe
Brother Vellies Léa Peckre Sophie Buhai
Bzippy & Co. Maison Michel Steven Tai
Charlotte Chesnais Maria La Rosa Toga
Colovos Maria Tash Tom Wood
Comme des Garçons Collection Marques’Almeida Tricot Comme des Garçons
Comme des Garçons, Comme des Garçons Meadowlark Tu es mon TRÉSOR
Comme des Garçons Fragrance Mira Mikati Undercover
Comme des Garçons Girl Mociun Vejas
Creatures of Comfort Molly Goddard Vetements
Christopher Kane Nektar de Stagni WWAKE
Daniela Villegas Noir Kei Ninomiya Wassonfine
Ellery Paskal Y’s by Yoji Yamamoto
Etienne Derœux Phelan

 

ABOUT NORDSTROM
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 329 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 200 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

ABOUT OLIVIA KIM
Olivia Kim joined Nordstrom in February 2013 in a then newly-created position of Creative Projects Director. Kim was named Vice President of Creative Projects in September 2015. In her role, Kim focuses on creating energy, excitement, and inspiration throughout the retailer’s locations through new and unique experiences, curated partnerships, the Pop-In@Nordstrom series of pop-up shops and in-store boutique SPACE. Additionally in 2016, Kim took on the role of creative director for company’s brand campaigns. The Spring 2016 campaign under her direction was Nordstrom’s first brand campaign in 15 years.

She launched her first initiative, Pop-In@Nordstrom, in October 2013. Pop-In is an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops, each with a curated mix of new, often exclusive merchandise spanning the high/low price range. The series was built on a monthly rotation to keep customers coming back to discover new brands, and create a fun and compelling experience in stores and online. Past partnerships have included: Aesop, Warby Parker, Nike, Opening Ceremony, VANS, Hong Kong fashion collective I.T., and Danish home goods brand HAY.

A prominent figure in the fashion industry, prior to joining Nordstrom Olivia was a founding member of and Vice President of Creative at Opening Ceremony where she was responsible for the retailer’s leadership in merchandising and store planning, art direction, and collaborative projects. Kim has played an essential role in launching emerging designers such as Suno, Pamela Love, and Patrik Ervell. Kim is a long-time champion of emerging designers, which is evident in her brand selections in SPACE and Pop-In shops. In 2015, Kim was selected to join the prestigious ANDAM jury, which supports young designers.

Contact:

Brie Cross
Nordstrom, Inc.
206.303.4315
brie.cross@nordstrom.com

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Nordstrom expands its in-store boutique SPACE to four additional stores in Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto
Nordstrom expands its in-store boutique SPACE to four additional stores in Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto

 

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Baskin-Robbins to exhibit at the National Franchise & Business Opportunities Show in Toronto

CANTON, MA, 2015-1-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is seeking entrepreneurs in the Toronto area who would like the exclusive scoop on how to own their very own Baskin-Robbins franchise. The brand is currently seeking qualified candidates who are interested in owning and operating an existing ice cream shop in the Greater Toronto area.

Baskin-Robbins is exhibiting at the National Franchise & Business Opportunities Show in Toronto and will host a free seminar, “Buying a Baskin-Robbins: How & Why to Buy an Existing Franchise Today,” on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room 206F. Attendees will meet key business development team members from Baskin-Robbins and learn about the benefits of joining the Baskin-Robbins brand, the advantages of buying a store for sale, details around the process to buy and review existing restaurants available in the Toronto market.

To register for the seminar, visit http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com. As a bonus, all registered attendees will receive an email with FREE admission to the National Franchise & Business Opportunities Show all weekend (Jan. 10th and 11th).

If interested parties are unable to attend the show or seminar, Baskin-Robbins will be hosting a free online webinar on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. EST for interested individuals to learn about buying a store for sale in the Toronto market. Register for this webinar and view upcoming events athttp://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com. For additional information about buying an existing Baskin-Robbins in Toronto, contact Brian Savage at brian.savage@dunkinbrands.com.

“With more than six decades of experience refining its business system, Baskin-Robbins offers a fun, rewarding new business opportunity to franchisees,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “As our brand continues to develop, we are looking for entrepreneurs in Canada with strong financial backgrounds and a passion for their local communities to own their very own ice cream shop in the Toronto area.”

Baskin-Robbins combines delicious treats with a straightforward operating model. Franchisees enjoy convenient hours of operation, minimal equipment and little product waste. They also benefit from award-winning training programs and comprehensive operating systems designed to help build business.

Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts who shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream store that would be a neighborhood gathering place for families. Today, over 300 million people visit Baskin-Robbins each year to sample from the more than 1,200 flavour creations available in its ice cream library, as well as enjoy its full array of frozen treats including ice cream cakes, frozen beverages and sundaes.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 36th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2015, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,400 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,200 ice cream flavours and a wide variety of delicious treats. In 2013, more than 13 million ice cream cakes were sold in Baskin-Robbins shops worldwide. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

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