January 6, 2014,
Robb & Stucky International opened a new 68,000-sq.-ft. store, its largest location, in December in Sarasota, Fla.
By Clint Engel, Furniture Today
At 68,000 square feet, the store on South Tamiami Trail is now its largest. It's also a former location of Bacon's Furniture, and before that, home of the original Robb & Stucky. The new owner - the family of Samson Holding CEO and founder Samuel Kuo - acquired the Robb & Stucky name at a bankruptcy auction in 2011.
The new store employs 30 people, including designers, customer service associates and delivery employees under the management of Rick Clary and Tony Siefert.
"This is a team of seasoned players and emerging talent," said Steve Lush, president of Robb & Stucky International, which opened its first and second stores in Fort Myers and Naples, Fla., respectively. "Our goal is the highest level of professionalism and innovation."
West Elm opening across the pond
London - Lifestyle brand West Elm opened its first UK store in December, a 12,000-sq.-ft. location on Tottenham Court Road.
The store offers furniture, accessories, textiles and gifts, as well as a West Elm Market shop-in-shop and coffee shop. It employs 30 full- and part-time sales associates.
In a statement, Jim Brett, president of West Elm, said the city of London was a good fit for the company's first store in Europe. "We are confident the broad assortment, globally-inspired aesthetic and engaging in-store experience of West Elm will appeal to customers in the UK."
Atlanta - Designer Eddie Brumbaugh opened Jackson Charles Home in December at 1465 Chattahoochee Ave. NW in the Westside Design District. The 4,500-sq.-ft. store carries a wide selection of furniture and accessories from brands such as Emporium Home, Regina Andrew and Rablabs, as well as vintage pieces.
Orlando, Fla. - E-tailer Bluebird Décor launched in November at bluebirddecor.com. The site's home accents offerings include accent furniture, rugs, lamps, wall décor and decorative accessories. Bluebird Décor also plans to launch a blog on the site that will include product reviews, decorating tips and DIY project ideas.
Durham, N.C. - C. Wonder opened a new store in November at the Streets at Southpoint shopping center here. According to the Triangle Business Journal, the Durham store is the retailer's 29th location in the United States. C. Wonder carries home décor, clothing and fashion accessories.
Kennebunk, Maine - Home décor store Abode of the Kennebunks opened in November at 169 Port Road, Suite 21 in the Lower Village area here. The shop carries a variety of home accents including lamps, wall décor, soft goods and decorative accessories.
St. Louis - Ikea announced it will build a 380,000-sq.-ft. store in the Cortex Innovation District here. Construction is slated to start next summer for a fall 2015 opening, the company said.
The St. Louis Ikea will employ about 300 people and will feature a supervised children's play area and a 450-seat restaurant.
Bryn Mawr, Pa. - Isabella Sparrow opened in November at 1012 W. Lancaster Ave. here. The store carries vintage and rustic home décor including soft goods, textiles, tabletop and decorative accessories.
Alpharetta, Ga. - The Porch on South Main opened Nov. 20 at 531 S. Main St. here. Located in a renovated farmhouse, the store carries furniture, lighting, wall art, soft goods, tabletop and decorative accessories, and offers interior design services.
Vacaville, Calif. - Cost Plus World Market opened a new store here in November at 1611 E. Monte Vista Ave. The retailer, which operates 267 stores in 31 states, carries a wide selection of furniture, accessories, gifts and housewares.
Send news of store openings, relocations and expansions to Assistant Editor Alexa Boschini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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