Shopping Centers Today

DEC 2016

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36 S C T / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 I nternational retailers are planting their flags on both coasts as they seek to grow their businesses outside their home countries. New York City's SoHo district is often ground zero for an international chain's U.S. expansion. Australian-based luxury handbag designer Annabel Ingall will open a 530-square-foot store in the neighborhood, and Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha is also making her U.S. debut in the neighborhood, with plans to open a 2,400-square-foot store. Rocha opened her first store in London last year. U.K.-based women's fashion retailer Hobbs is going the mall route. The retailer opened its first U.S. stand-alone store at Simon's The Westchester, in White Plains, N.Y. Hobbs had tested the U.S. waters by selling products in a few Bloomingdale's stores in 2014. Polish furniture chain Vox is opening its first U.S. store in Cambridge, Mass., to be followed by at least three more in the market. The chain, which sells ready-to-assemble furniture in the vein of Ikea, says it is looking for spaces around the country in the 2,000- to 3,500-square-foot range. On the West Coast, Canadian plant- based beauty-and-wellness retailer Saje Natural Wellness will open its first More international retailers are setting up shop stateside By Brannon Boswell Coming to the U.S.A. American stores this fall, at Westfield Valencia (Calif.) Town Center and the upscale Malibu (Calif.) Country Mart. The retailer, which operates a Canadian store and plans to open a second one there soon, says it wants to be operating 50 global stores by 2018. Meanwhile, Australian board game company Good Games chose Middle America for its first U.S. store. The retailer opened a 3,500-square- foot unit on S. Meridian Street, in downtown Indianapolis, in August. The store will specialize in "Euro-style" board games, such as the popular Settlers of Catan, and will also stock collectibles. n wls@wlslighting.com (817) 731-0020 www.wlslighting.com PRODUCTS & SERVICES Full Line of LED Fixtures Interior and Exterior Lighting Utility Rebate Assistance Complimentary Site Audits Complimentary Site Audits Retrofit Financing Plans Lighting Design Site Surveys Photometrics W L S L I G H T I N G S Y S T E M S new york d e a l m a k i n g ICSC retailgreen centerbuild C O N F E R E N C E & sustainability showcase ICSC S T O R E F R O N T S

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