The Rundown: Good Stuff, Thomas Pink, CNN and More

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Food: The Good Stuff Eatery may find a home in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and China. In an interview with EATER, owner Spike Mendelsohn stated that “serious” meetings had taken place with various developers from those regions. But Micheline Mendelsohn tells us nothing is solid as of yet. “We are nowhere near closing any deals or locations,” she added. Arlington-based Elevation Burger and NYC-based Shake Shack already have locations in the Middle East.

Retail: British luxury shirt specialist Thomas Pink has opened a new store in Tyson’s Galleria.

Retail: TopShop has opened a flagship store in Los-Angeles. More U.S. locations are rumored including one at CityCenter D.C.

Media: Michael Homes joins Newsroom International as co-anchor, effective 2/18.

Media: Journalism professor Jeff Jarvis scolds the BBC and anchor Adnan Nawaz for inciting “technopanic.”

Retail: If Apple can an open a store in New-York City’s Grand Central Station, how about a location at the soon-to-be vacant Barnes & Noble space at Union Station?

Photo Credit: Thomas Pink

No Topshop/Topman for Nordstrom Area Locations

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Pete Nordstrom and Philip Green pictured at the Topshop location in Las-Vegas

Fast-fashion from the U.K.’s Topshop/Topman will be available in select Nordstrom stores and online this September, it was announced yesterday. Dedicated spaces or shop-within-a-shop will house the exclusive products. The locations/stores below are the first to carry the British line. Unfortunately, no D.C.-area store is on the list.

  • Ala Moana (Honolulu, HI)
  • Oakbrook Center (Oakbrook, IL)
  • Barton Creek Square (Austin, TX)
  • Phipps Plaza (Atlanta, GA)
  • Burlington (Burlington, MA)
  • The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, PA)
  • Chandler Fashion Center (Chandler, AZ)
  • San Francisco Centre (San Francisco, CA)*
  • Dadeland Mall (Miami, FL)
  • South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA)*
  • Garden State Plaza (Paramus, NJ)
  • Southcenter (Tukwila, WA)
  • Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine, CA)
  • Valley Fair (San Jose, CA)

The move is a bold step for both sides. Nordstrom wants to add exciting merchandise and woo back weary female shoppers. Topshop, owned by Britain’s Sir Philip Green, is aiming to accelerate its expansion into the U.S. Although the British retailer is slowly opening flagship stores across the country (one is rumored for D.C.’s CityCenter), this deal marks the retailer’s arrival in an American department store.

We caught with up Nordstrom PR folks who assured us that D.C. stores may receive the product if it is well received in the select 14 markets that Topshop/Topman is being launched in.

Credit: Nordstrom/PR

Foreign Retailers Attack

Foreign retailers are invading our shores and Crain’s has a great article (eventhough its a year old) that highlights a growing trend. As the fast-fashion craze continues, should American retailers be worried? Gap, Inc is opening stores overseas as it’s namesake brand shrinks in size and sales within the United States. Meanwhile, Zara (Inditex), H&M, and TopShop continue expanding from positions of financial strength. The latter has a store opening in Chicago planned for this year and already has set its’ eyes on the West Coast. Closer to home, British retailer All Saints Spitalfields recently opened a store in Georgetown. After reading about the potential opening of Massimo Dutti in New-York City, we contacted Inditex to see whether the store had a future in Washington. Their press office elected to make no comment. After stumbling early on, Uniqlo has big plans for Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue  as does Spain’s Desigual and we would not be surprised if the nation’s capital is not in both retailers’ sights.

Bold= No presense in the metropolitan area.