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NikeTown unveils experiential Tech Pack membership space

With the build up to Nike's SS19 Teck Pack launch, NikeTown in London has unveiled an experiential membership space where the brand celebrates the design behind the design. Members get early access to the product and exclusive services, allowing them to try on the product as well as the opportunity to get a personalised digital take-away.

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Lush to open plastic packaging-free Naked store in Manchester

On Friday 18 January, the Lush store at 10 Market Street, Manchester will open again afer a renovation, revealing the first plastic packaging-free cosmetics store in the country. With awareness of plastic pollution at an all time high, Lush’s newest Naked shop will host an abundance of plastic packaging-free alternatives. The new Naked shop in Manchester follows the success of Lush’s first Naked sites in Milan and Berlin.

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Calvin Klein to close New York City flagship

Steve Shiffman, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp, has unveiled a series of strategic changes to the company in response to the rapidly evolving fashion and retail landscape. The brand is relaunching the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC business under a new name, design approach and creative direction, and the 654 Madison Avenue store will be closing in Spring 2019. The company is evaluating options for future retail locations, and will also be unveiling new consumer experiences both online and offline.

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Benefit teams up with Mother Clucker for Shoreditch pop-up

Eyeliner and chicken wings, not your average partnership, but a pop-up opening in Shoreditch will soon be focusing on the two. Cosmetics giant Benefit has partnered with southern fried chicken brand Mother Clucker to launch a dedicated pop-up for foodie fashionistas, in celebration of Benefit's new Roller Liner liquid matte eyeliner.

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Makeover plans announced for intu Merry Hill

intu has announced plans for a multi-million-pound investment to transform the external facade at intu Merry Hill in the Midlands, as part of its latest redevelopment phase. intu Merry Hill, which attracts around 18 million visitors a year, will benefit from an investment of more than £10 million to transform the external entrance. The plans include the installation of a large format screen above the main entrance, as well as energy saving LED lighting that can change the colour of the centre’s exterior walls. Work is set to begin in February 2019, subject to planning approval.

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Longo's opens Canada's first sustainable grocery store

Longo's has transformed its suburban format, opening a new store in Stoufville, Ontario, the chain’s 33rd location and Canada’s first sustainable grocery store. Retail strategy and design firm Ampersand Studio Inc. spearheaded the transformation of the new suburban format.

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