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Hilton, Marriott developing connected room concept

Hilton and Marriott are each advancing connected room concepts, controllable by devices like smartphones. “Imagine a world where you walk in, the TV says, ‘How are you doing, John? Nice to see you,’ and all of your stuff is preloaded …

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Sodexo to acquire stadium hospitality firm Centerplate

France-based catering services company Sodexo will pay $675 million to acquire Centerplate, the U.S.-based food provider for stadiums and other event venues. Centerplate’s high-profile hospitality contracts include the Super Bowl and presidential inaugural balls. Read the Reuters story here

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Rosewood to launch Asaya spa brand in Thailand

Rosemont Hotel and Residences has announced plans to debut its Asaya spa at Rosewood Phuket in Thailand. The company will open a second Asaya spa in Hong Kong next year. Read the Spa Opportunities story here

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Masonic Temple Sold By Hilliker Corporation

Hilliker Corporation has sold the 386,000-square-foot Masonic Temple at 3681 Lindell Blvd. Ben Hilliker and Scott Martin of Hilliker Corporation represented Masonic Temple Association of St. Louis and sold the property to Brandonview LLC, represented by Realty Exchange. The Masons will …

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Build-A-Bear seeks a bigger audience in tourist areas

Build-A-Bear Workshop is building a bigger presence in tourist spots from the St. Louis Science Center to Walt Disney World to next to the Empire State Building. In a push to combat falling mall traffic, the retailer has also launched …

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American Eagle unveils a new store format

American Eagle Outfitters will debut a new retail concept called AE Studio in New York City, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The new store’s features will include a Jeans Gallery, free laundry facility for full-time students, a space for capsule …

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Chipotle to slow unit growth, focus on fundamentals

Chipotle Mexican Grill will open fewer new restaurants next year as it focuses on the fundamentals at existing locations. The chain, which reported lower-than-expected quarterly same-store sales, also said it will raise prices around 5% at 900 restaurants next month. …

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Lord & Taylor to sell N.Y. flagship, shrink store size

The Lord & Taylor flagship in New York City will become the new headquarters of office space leasing company WeWork, which will buy the 676,000-square-foot building as part of a joint venture. Lord & Taylor will lease back the bottom …

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Dior debuts 2nd North American boutique in Chicago

Christian Dior opened its new Chicago flagship recently, three years after announcing plans for the shop, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The two-story, 3,300-square-foot space in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood is the 70-year-old designer brand’s second North American boutique.

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Century 21 tries on a new designer discount format

Discount department store Century 21 Stores in New York City will debut a new in-store shop dubbed Next Century, with a more polished atmosphere and a lineup of designer goods. The shop, with a separate entrance from the main store, …

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