Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Clothing retailer Soft Surroundings opened its first New Mexico store this month, the chain’s 57th store. Formerly a catalog-only brand, Soft Surroundings is opening 16 stores this year...Lidl will open its first New Jersey store this month. Lidl first established its US headquarters in Virginia in 2015. The company operates more than 10,000 stores in 28 countries…Danish retailer Flying Tiger is ramping up its US expansion. The company will open a 2,400 s/f store at Garden State Plaza, New Jersey this month, the company’s sixth US location. 4 additional stores are set open soon. Flying Tiger operates more than 800 stores in 30 countries...Starbucks opened its first US Princi bakery and café location at its Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle. Princi, which operates stores across Milan and in London’s SoHo neighborhood, will become the exclusive food offering in all new Starbucks Reserve Roastery locations. In addition, Starbucks plans to open freestanding Princi stores in the US starting in 2018... Panera Bread will buy Au Bon Pain. The companies did not disclose how much Panera was paying for Au Bon Pain. St. Louis-based Panera now has more than 2,000 restaurants. Boston-based Au Bon Pain has about 300 locations. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year... Amazon will set up Amazon Pop-Up stores in a handful of Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. The first locations will open in November in Illinois, Michigan, Florida, California, and Colorado. All locations will be staffed by Amazon employees…Sears Holdings announced the opening of two Sears Appliances & Mattresses stores, in Camp Hill, Pa. and the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu...American Girl has unveiled its new retail concept, the 37,000 s/f American Girl Place, at Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. The store features the brand’s lineup of American Girl dolls and accessories, plus a design studio where girls can play doll designer; a salon where girls and their dolls can get matching hairstyles; manicures, and ear-piercing, movies and videos showcased in an area called the “content hub;” and the brand’s popular American Girl Cafe.... Wings Etc. Inc. will expand to 9 additional Michigan communities. From there, the company anticipates opening a new location every six months across western and central Michigan, as a part of the company’s rapid expansion strategy throughout the Midwest.