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Bloomingdale’s Scales Down New Stores

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Compact and concise is one way to describe the new Bloomingdale’s set to open in Palo Alto, Calif. on Oct. 10.

The 125,000-square-foot, three-level department store is almost half the size of the 18-year-old Bloomingdale’s in the Stanford Shopping Center that it is replacing, but the new store will offer 68 designer shops and 100 brands that weren’t previously available. The store will include curated selections of women’s, men’s, children’s apparel and footwear, as well as home products.

And apropos for the technology-obsessed neighborhood, the Palo Alto prototype will be outfitted with high-tech amenities including wall-mounted iPads in dressing rooms and sales associates equipped with mobile checkout devices to finalize sales on the floor. The store will also offer same-day delivery within a 15-mile radius and order online, pickup in store services.

Bloomingdale’s plans to open more scaled-down stores, including a 167,000-square-foot store that will open in Hawaii in 2015. Miami will get a 120,00o-square-foot store in fall 2016.

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