Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Industry News: Accelerating
Eataly, the artisanal Italian food and wine emporium, will open its second US location, at The Shops at North Bridge in Chicago. Eataly opened its first US store, in Manhattan, in 2010…Signet Jewelers Ltd., parent company of specialty jeweler Sterling Jewelers Inc., is buying Ultra Stores Inc., operator of the Ultra Diamonds outlet stores as well as the jewelry departments in a number of off-price department stores…Williams-Sonoma’s West Elm will launch a neighborhood market format, West Elm Market, featuring home, garden, care & repair, and personal care items in Brooklyn NY, followed by 8 in-store shops across the country…GameStop is opening 80 US GameStop Kids stores aimed specifically at children. The stores will feature E-rated games alongside an assortment of related toys, accessories and collectibles...Health and wellness retailer LaVida Massage opened 13 new franchised units in 2012. Another 8 are slated to open in early 2013. LaVida currently operates 45 centers nationwide..Starbucks will open 1,300 net new stores globally in 2013, representing 22% growth over fiscal 2012. Starbucks is maintaining its growth target of approximately 600 net new stores in the Americas, with the majority of those in the US…America’s Taco Shop is expanding nationally. The concept, which has 6 restaurants in the Phoenix, AZ, area, will open a franchised unit in MD and 6 additional restaurants in for Miami, Arizona, California and Texas. The units range from 1,200 to 1,800 s/f…Apple Inc. will open 30- 35 stores in 2013...Vitamin Shoppe will open 52 new stores for fiscal 2013...Foot Locker announced SIX:02, a retail concept featuring fitness apparel for women. The first 3 stores will open for the holiday season in CT, NJ, and Texas…Restaurant chain Not Your Average Joe’s will grow to 50 stores in 5 years from Boston to Washington, DC. NYAJ operates 17 eateries New England, including 15 in MA.