Shopping Centers Today

AUG 2018

Shopping Centers Today is the news magazine of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

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(817) 731-0020 ICSC FLORIDA A ki-Home is already a household name in Japan and in other parts of Asia, across both of which the furniture retailer operates some 300 stores. Now the chain intends to raise its profile in the U.S., with plans to expand beyond the six stores it currently has in Southern California. "We'd like to first establish our brand in California and gradually enter into new markets as opportunities arise to eventually open hundreds of stores in the United States alone," said CEO Shunichi Osawa. The California focus does seem fitting, because it was California that inspired the concept's founder, Akio Nitori, who started the business in 1967 with a 1,000-square-foot furniture store in Hokkaido, Japan. In the early 1970s Nitori traveled to S T O R E F R O N T S Home from home Inspired by the California lifestyle, Aki-Home seeks to open more U.S. stores By Misty Milioto Aki-Home hopes eventually to operate hundreds of U.S. stores

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