See which new store just opened at CityPlace

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Natuzzi Italia has opened a 9,000-square-foot store at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, a move that signals the shopping, dining and entertainment center continues to boost its home furnishings offerings.

The Italian furniture brand is located on Rosemary Avenue, just south of the Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

Natuzzi’s products, made in Italy, feature sofas, armchairs, furniture and home furnishing accessories. The company is known for its sleek, contemporary styles.

Natuzzi has six other stores throughout Florida but only one other in Palm Beach County, in Boca Raton. Worldwide, Natuzzi has 1,200 stores.

In a statement, Natuzzi’s global retail chief, Nazzario Pozzi, said the company is moving quickly to expand its presence in the United States.

Plans for Natuzzi’s new store first were revealed to the Palm Beach Post in September 2015 by Ken Himmel, president of Related Urban, the mixed-use unit of New York-based Related Cos. and the developer of CityPlace.

At the time, Himmel predicted the store would open in the spring of 2016. It’s not clear why the store is opening more than a year later.

But back in 2015, Himmel said Natuzzi was lured to the site by the presence of a massive  “mansion” being built in the median of Okeechobee Boulevard for Restoration Hardware, a furniture and home furnishings store.

The 60,000-square-foot store is slated to open soon and will kick off Himmel’s plans to transform CityPlace into a home furnishings destination.

CityPlace has changed up its retail roster during its 17 years of operation.

It was designed as a large retail destination, with a number of high-end stores. Then it focused on home furnishings during the real estate boom. It then switched heavily to entertainment and dining when the recession hit.

Lately, women’s retailers have cycled out due to the advent of on-line sales, so Himmel has said home furnishings stores will play an important role at the center.

Last September, The Shade Store, a  Port Chester, N.Y.-based company selling premium custom window treatments, opened at CityPlace.

 

Four things to know about CityPlace’s newest tenant

The Shade Store
The Shade Store

CityPlace, the shopping, dining and entertainment mecca in West Palm Beach, just scored a new tenant. But it’s not another clothing store or restaurant.

Instead, it’s The Shade Store, a company selling premium custom window treatments.

The Port Chester, N.Y.-based company features a collection of more than 900 materials for roller shades, solar shades, roman shades and drapery. The store is set to open Sept. 30.

The opening marks the company’s 6th Florida showroom. Other  locations are in Winter Park, Tampa Bay, Estero and the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) in Dania Beach. There’s also a shop-in-shop in the Kravet showroom in Naples. A Miami showroom is slated to open this fall.

A store selling window shades doesn’t sound like a typical CityPlace retailer. After all, CityPlace once was replete with clothing stores, such as Banana Republic and Ann Taylor, selling all manner of women’s apparel.

But with the contraction in the retail industry as consumers buy clothes more online, many bricks-and-mortar stores have closed.

So malls, including CityPlace, are trying to reinvent themselves.

CityPlace lately has settled on home furnishings as a trend it would like to exploit. This trend got a big boost with the addition of a standalone Restoration Hardware furniture gallery in the median of Okeechobee Boulevard, next to CityPlace. Restoration Hardware’s 58,000 square foot gallery is expected to open in the spring.

The Restoration Hardware deal will allow CityPlace to piggyback on the store’s draw by adding more home furnishings stores, said Ken Himmel, president of Related Urban, the mixed-use unit of New York-based Related Cos., which built CityPlace.

The Shade Shop is among the first of several new home stores to come to CityPlace, along with soon-to-open Natuzzi furniture store, which has another store in Boca Raton.

We asked The Shade Shop’s co-founder Ian Gibbs why he picked CityPlace for the company’s flagship Palm Beach County store.

1.  Why CityPlace for the company’s West Palm Beach location?

CiyPlace is a really unique location. It’s one of the top shopping centers in South Florida and has a great mix of high-end design shops and retailers. It’s the perfect place for our brand.

2.  Specifically, was the company attracted to the coming presence of the Restoration Hardware gallery next to the center?

We have a lot of respect for Restoration Hardware and share a common customer, so it’s great that we will be near each other in the center.

3.  What about West Palm Beach made it appealing to the Shade Store?

Florida is one of our most successful markets and we have been selling in the West Palm Beach area through our online store for years. As we continue to expand our presence throughout the state, this market was a great next choice for us in giving our customers a physical location to shop for window treatments.

4.  What types of customers does the Shade store hope to attract? Palm Beachers? Residents living throughout the county? People living in new apartments and existing condos downtown?

We are a national brand with 42 showrooms nationwide. We are an ideal solution for anyone looking for custom window treatments and have a lot of experience working with new apartment and condo complexes as well as with new and existing homes.  We expect to serve customers from all over the area and our showrooms are an ideal place for both full and part-time residents to work with our trained design consultants to develop the perfect window treatment plan for their home.  And most importantly, not only do we provide unprecedented access to the world’s finest materials and artisan craftsmanship, but we also manage every detail of the project from inspiration to installation.

 

Back-to-school shopping? Expect big crowds

If you are planning to cash in on Florida’s back-to-school tax-free weekend, be prepared for big crowds.

Florida’s back-to-school tax-free shopping break starts on Friday and runs through Sunday, offering shoppers a break from the 6 percent sales tax normally collected on school-related items. Palm Beach County students return to school on Aug. 15.

Although last year’s back-t0-school sales-tax holiday was 10 days, this year’s runs just three days.

RELATED: Back-to-school spending to reach $75.8 billion

As a result, James Miller, a spokesman for the Florida Retail Federation, said shoppers can expect larger crowds and longer lines. MT-1A_SCHOOL SUPPLIES.JPG

“Last year, the 10 days gave people a lot of time to spread out their shopping,” Miller said. “This year is going to be much more compacted.”

Local malls are also bracing for larger crowds and will be holding special events and promotions.

“We are definitely expecting the mall to be busier than usual,” said Rachelle J. Crain, a spokeswoman for the Mall at Wellington Green. “Our stores are well-stocked with great back-to-school essentials.”

At Palm Beach Outlets, general manager Greg Farrington said many stores are working on promotions that coincide with the three-day sales-tax break. Customers looking for additional savings can stop by the customer service desk in the food pavilion for a coupon book, he added.

At the Boynton Beach Mall, a special back-to-school event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, officials said. The event will include a fashion show, school supply giveaways, health screenings and entertainment.

During the tax-free weekend, shoppers who spend more than $150 at selected stores at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, will receive a $10 gift card. To receive the free gift card, shoppers must present their same-day receipts at the mall’s information desk.

Have a gift card to one of these stores? Use it now

Sports Authority announced last month that it will shutter its stores nationwide, joining the growing list of once-dominant retail giants struggling with the rise of online sales.

AP photo.
AP photo.

Mall merchants Aeropostale and PacSun are in bankruptcy. Sears and Kmart announced in April they planned to close 78 stores.

If you have a gift card to one of these stores, now is the time to use it.

Sports Authority is still accepting gift cards, but time is running out. The sporting goods chain will stop taking the cards on June 28, according to its website.

Kyle James, founder of the coupon website Rather-Be-Shopping.com, says gift cards are an easy gift to give, but are also easy to forget about  once they are in your wallet or a desk drawer.giftcards

Once a retailer goes out of business, it is very difficult to recover any money left on unused gift cards, he said.

He points to Radio Shack, which filed for bankruptcy and stopped accepting gift cards last year. Customers with unused gift cards can file a claim to try to recoup the money.

“A lot of times you don’t have any recourse,” James said. “If you hear of a store that is going into Chapter 11 or struggling financially, think about things you can use (the gift card) on.”

James suggests shoppers look to the holidays, and consider stocking up on gifts.  He also recommends shoppers use an app like Google Wallet to keep track of gift card balances.

“You can scan the gift card into the app,” James said. “It is a great way to guarantee that you are going to have that gift card when you are checking out.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Day 2016: Check out these freebies and deals

Teachers are in for a treat today.

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day 2016, a number of local businesses are offering freebies and deals to teachers and school staff.

Here is a list of where you can find a deal in Palm Beach County:

PDQ

Teachers (with a valid Teacher ID from their school) will receive a FREE combo meal on Tuesday, May 3. The promotion includes the chain’s tasty 3-piece chicken tenders, a sandwich or a salad. There is a limit of one promotion per person.

PDQ, short for “People Dedicated to Quality,” has locations in West Palm Beach and Wellington.

World of Beer

World of Beer is giving teachers a free beer on Tuesday.

As part of the promotion, teachers (with a valid teacher’s ID) will receive a free Angry Orchard cider or Sam Adams beer in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day.

Stock classroom photo
Stock classroom photo

WOB has more than 75 taverns in 22 states. In Palm Beach County, the company has locations in Wellington and West Palm Beach.

Chipotle

School employees with a valid school ID who buy a burrito, bowl, salad, or an order of tacos will get a second one for free.

The promotion runs from 3 p.m. to close and is available to pre-school, community college and university staff in addition to those working at an elementary, middle or high schools.

Chipotle’s deal is limited to one free menu item per teacher and is not valid on online orders.

Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar

Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar, which has a location in Boca Raton, is offering teachers a free shake on Tuesday, May 3.

The offer is not available for take-out.  No purchase is required.