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Robb & Stucky, West Elm, Jackson Charles Home and more

Robb & Stucky International Sarasota FloridaRobb & Stucky International opened a new 68,000-sq.-ft. store, its largest location, in December in Sarasota, Fla.
Robb & Stucky International opens third store

By Clint Engel, Furniture Today

Sarasota, Fla. - Robb & Stucky International opened its third upscale Florida showroom here in December.

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.

Alexa BoschiniAlexa Boschini | Assistant Editor, Home Accents Today

Alexa Boschini joined the Furniture Today Group in May 2012 as assistant editor for Home Accents Today and Casual Living. A native of Greensboro, N.C., she graduated from Elon University in 2010 with a degree in journalism. She spent two years as an award-winning education and features reporter with The Sanford (N.C.) Herald, and has also covered arts and entertainment for Go Triad at the Greensboro News & Record. When she isn't delving into the latest news and trends in home décor, you can find her at the movies, with her nose stuck in a book or volunteering to help the Triad's homeless animals. You can reach her at aboschini@homeaccentstoday.com

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