Universal CityWalk is the name shared by the entertainment and retail districts located adjacent to the theme parks of Universal Parks & Resorts. CityWalk began as an expansion of Universal's first park, Universal Studios Hollywood, serves as an entrance plaza from the parking lots to the theme parks. CityWalk can be found at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan. CityWalk Hollywood and CityWalk Orlando have some common tenants, but their respective architectural styles are quite different. Where CityWalk Hollywood incorporates a classic modern blend of Hollywood, CityWalk Orlando is entirely modern in appearance. City walk is separate from Universal Studios Hollywood it serves as an entrance from the parking lot that does lead to Universal Studios. Inspiration came from the Horton Plaza according to Jon Jerde, the architecture of City Walk Hollywood tries to capture the architecture found all over Los Angeles. Universal CityWalk Hollywood is a three-block entertainment, shopping promenade.
It has more than 30 places to eat, a 19-screen movie theater featuring IMAX,7 night spots, indoor skydiving and more than 30 stores. Designed by Jon Jerde, CityWalk opened in May 1993 adjacent to the Cineplex Odeon cinema. A $1 billion, 93,000 sq ft. expansion opened in 2000. Planning done by Jerde Associates. CityWalk's central plaza is topped by a 170-foot radial trelis designed and built by Pearce Structures; the courtyard features a leaping fountain, created by WET. A huge television monitor brought in by Panasonic, is located above the multiplex, showing upcoming Universal movie releases, music videos, NBCUniversal promotions stands next to the giant guitar towering over the Hard Rock Cafe. Street performers are a common sight. "5 Towers" is an interactive outdoor concert venue on Universal CityWalk, featuring a technologically advanced staging system. The stage is equipped with thousands of LED fixtures, motion capture sensors, five soaring 42-foot light tower sculptures, a massive video monitor, a state-of-the-art audio system.
The new staging system serves as the structural artistic centerpiece for CityWalk. It features live music; the Universal CityWalk in Orlando opened in 1999 as one component of the expansion that transformed Universal Studios Florida into today's Universal Orlando Resort. It was built over entrance. Guests arriving at the resort park in one of two multi-story parking structures travel via covered moving sidewalks over Universal Boulevard into CityWalk. From there, guests can proceed into either of the theme parks: Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure. Hard Rock Cafe Orlando – This is the second Hard Rock Café built on Universal property; the first café was built near the Psycho house, Bates Motel, E. T. Adventure, Fievel's Playland. Although the first café was considered to be one of the largest in the chain, the company closed down the restaurant to reopen in an bigger facility and alongside Hard Rock Live in the CityWalk section; the old Hard Rock Café building was demolished in October 2011.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Antojito's Authentic Mexican Food Starbucks Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump Cinnabon Pat O'Brien's Bar – a franchise of the original bar/restaurant in New Orleans. BK Whopper Bar – Limited service to the fast food restaurant Burger King Panda Express Moe's Southwest Grill Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom Red Oven Pizza Bakery Cold Stone Creamery Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Vivo Italian Kitchen Hot Dog Hall of Fame Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches The Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar NBC Sports Grill & Brew The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen Voodoo Doughnut Bigfire American Fare Universal Cinemark at CityWalk operated by Loews Theatres until January 26, 2006, when AMC Theaters merged the Loews Theatres chain, operated by AMC until 2018. Bob Marley -- A Tribute to Freedom CityWalk's Rising Star -- opened 2008, replacing CityJazz; the Groove Hard Rock Live, a separate performance venue adjacent to the Hard Rock Cafe Red Coconut Club Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre, a live show featuring Blue Man Group.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Live bands take to the restaurant's stage to perform every evening. Hollywood Drive-In Mini Golf – A miniature golf course harkening back to 50's era drive-in movies; the facility has two different and intricately themed courses: "The Haunting of Ghostly Greens" and "Invaders from Planet Putt-Putt". Opened in March 2012. Tommy Bahama BMG Gear Candy Smith CityWalk Hub Store P! Q Fossil, Inc. Fresh Produce The Smuggler’s Hold Quiet Flight Surf Shop Universal Studios Store Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company NASCAR Cafe Kiddie Carousel NBA City Element Skateboards Emeril's Restaurant Orlando Family Feud Live Red Lobster nolboo Ganko Shinobuan Inaba Wako Shabu Sai YAKINIKU KARUBIN CHAMP FUGETSU USA Gottie's BEEF Pommenoki Fujin Raijin RA-MEN Kamakura Pasta Kobe Motomachi Doria Moana Kitchen Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Hard Rock Cafe Kushiro Monogatari BISTRO 309 T. G. I. Friday's AEN TABLE Kyoto Katsugyu Daikisuisan Kaitensushi MOS BURGER FUNFUN POPCORN PAPA Moomin Stand MOMI&TOY'S 551 HORAI PIZZA NAPOLETANO Kineya Mugimaru Romaken ST-MARC CAFÉ EDION NOSTALGIA MUSEUM ROCK SHOP Little Osaka LAWSON - convenience store chain Matsumoto Kiyoshi - drug s
Oakland City Center
Oakland City Center is an office and hotel complex in Downtown Oakland, California. The complex is the product of a redevelopment project begun in the late 1950s, it covers twelve city blocks between Broadway on the east, Martin Luther King Jr. Way on the west, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza on 14th Street on the north side of the complex and the Oakland Convention Center and Marriott Hotel extend south to 10th Street. An hourly parking garage is located beneath the complex's shopping mall; the mall features an upscale fitness and racquet club, in addition to numerous take-out restaurants and other stores. The complex is served by the 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART station. Though not one of Oakland's neighborhoods, with only newly established condominium residences, City Center in Oakland has a owned outdoor shopping mall at its core; the mall is a textbook example of redevelopment urban land planning policies which started in the mid to late twentieth century and continue into the present. A large section of ornate Victorian and Italianate style apartment buildings, with ground-floor retail shops in the center of Downtown Oakland, was appropriated by the city through the force of eminent domain and demolished to make way for what was proposed to be an enclosed shopping mall, high-rise office buildings, a hotel, an aboveground parking structure.
In the draft Central District Plan, the Oakland Redevelopment Agency had an ambitious goal of razing 70 city blocks, but neighborhood residents and the Downtown Property Owner's Association objected, the plan was scaled back to only 12 blocks between 10th and 14th Streets on the west side of Broadway. The redevelopment plan, by William Liskamm and Rai Okamoto, won a 1966 Design Award from Progressive Architecture; as reported in the archives of the Oakland Tribune, residents were evicted from several residential hotels for purported code enforcement reasons under an aggressive plan called "Operation Padlock." Several pawnshops and Oakland's Moulin Rouge Theatre were leveled. According to Dr. Richard A. Walker, professor of geography at the University of California, the much-beloved delicatessen, Ratto's, in business since around the turn of the century, was threatened by demolition before citizen protest saved it; the first office building, at 14th and Broadway, opened on December 18, 1973.
The first skyscraper, the Clorox Building, opened next door in 1976. However, construction stalled, by the 1980s the mall still hadn't been built and most of the site was still vacant; the project was redesigned, with a smaller outdoor retail complex and new federal office building replacing the mall, a partial restoration of the original street grid. Several new buildings were completed in 1990, including the retail complex, named City Square, 1111 Broadway, the new headquarters of the global shipping company American President Lines. Economic recovery of downtown Oakland was stalled by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and a recession in the early 1990s, private development at City Center stopped for the next few years. Government payrolls were not affected. In December 1996, Oakland City Center, including the development rights to the remaining undeveloped parcels, was sold to Shorenstein Properties; the company planned to build four high-rise office buildings on the remaining four lots. Only one was built, 555 City Center, completed in 2002.
Shorenstein Properties sold the development rights for one of the lots back to the city, which in turn sold it to the Olson Company, building market-rate condominiums. Shorenstein Properties is now planning to build market-rate condominiums on one of the two remaining vacant parcels, an office tower on the other; the latter was approved for construction in late 2007. In June 2010 the majority of the City Center was sold to CB Richard Ellis Investors for $360 million. Chinatown Downtown Oakland Jack London Square Lakeside Apartments District Old Oakland Oaksterdam Uptown Oakland Notes Oakland City Center – official commercial site for the property
Guess is an American clothing brand and retailer. In addition to clothing for both men and women, Guess markets other fashion accessories such as watches, jewelry and shoes. Guess began in 1981 as a book of styles by Georges Marciano. Maurice, Georges' brother, was first sought by Georges to help with product development. Armand and Paul Georges' brothers, were in charge of distribution and advertising, respectively. Armand ran distribution. Paul created all of it in-house. Georges designed the clothes, burnishing Guess' signature style: stonewashed denim, lighter in color and more form-fitting than the competitors; this initial chain of command led to the earlier break-up of the brothers' cooperation with Georges selling his share of the Guess company to his other brothers due to a disagreement in a choice of product distribution strategy. Georges wanted to keep Guess such as Bloomingdales; the remaining brothers in the disagreement wanted a larger distribution in KMart. Georges hated the idea. Different camps formed within the company, with each pledging allegiance to either Georges or the other three.
Georges gave in and sold his stake to his brothers in September, 1993 for $214.2 million. To finance the purchase, they had to borrow $210 million, $105 million was still outstanding three years later. To raise money, the brothers decided to take Guess public. Paul was the only remaining brother to lead Guess on his own; when Georges Marciano and his brothers were much younger, they opened a series of stores in France under the name MGA before launching Guess in America in 1981, after Georges Marciano first came to America in 1977. Their top seller: unisex jeans. Georges Marciano and his brothers moved to Los Angeles to see if they could pull off a similar feat, borrowing a mottled wash Georges had noticed on jeans in an Italian laundromat he had taken note of; the founder, Georges Marciano, his brothers moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and opened the first store in upscale Beverly Hills area. Armand and Paul joined his brother in California. Georges came up with the company name after driving past a McDonald's billboard asking drivers to "guess" which eatery had the biggest cheeseburger.
Maurice Marciano said, "Georges said, ` I think I found our name. Guess.' " Maurice Marciano tossed up ideas until he got exasperated, his brother, clarified himself. The Guess name was born. Guess, with its red triangle patch, stonewashed denim and signature zipper sliding up each ankle, was launched in late 1981. In just one year, sales through Bloomingdale's and Guess's Beverly Hills store hit $6 million. Guess soon began advertising, in 1985, introduced some black-and-white ads; the ads have won numerous Clio Awards. Their fashion models have included a number of supermodels, many of whom, such as Claudia Schiffer, Anna Nicole Smith, Eva Herzigova, Valeria Mazza, Kate Upton, Julia Lescova, Laetitia Casta, first achieved prominence via these ad campaigns. In the 1985 Robert Zemeckis movie, Back to the Future, Marty McFly wore distinctive Guess denim clothing, designed for the film. During the 1980s, Guess was one of the most popular brands of denim jeans; the company was one of the first companies to create designer jeans.
While the first jeans were for women, a men's line debuted in 1983. In 1984, Guess introduced its new line of watches known as "Guess", "Guess Steel", the "Guess Collection"; the watch line is still in existence today and has been joined by a number of other accessory sidelines. In 1984, they introduced a line of baby's clothes, called "Baby Guess"; the line is now incorporated with clothing for kids called GUESS kids. In the 1990s, Milica and Milos had a division called Guess Home, which featured youthful, upscale bedding collections as well as a number of towel collections. By the end of the decade, sales Guess discontinued their home division. In the 2000s, the controversy that surrounded the company during the nineties was forgotten; the clothing and accessories company has redesigned itself, offering several new aspects. Since Guess was looking to make its impact once again on the fashion market, the Marciano brothers called upon random celebrity Paris Hilton to feature in a new series of ads back in 2009.
On January 26, 2001, Guess Inc. restated previous results for fiscal 2000 after deciding to write down impaired inventory. In 2004, Guess celebrated the 20th anniversary of its watch collection, issuing a special-edition Guess watch; the accessories department was greatly expanded and several stores across the United States were redesigned. Guess created a lower priced collection sold through its outlet locations. Guess introduced its first brand extension, the up-scale female line of clothing and accessories, named Marciano. In 2005, Guess began marketing perfume; the company introduced Guess for Women in the spring of 2005. Guess introduced the Guess for Men line in the spring of 2006. Guess has continued its Guess Kids clothing line into the 2000s, in 2006, Guess began promoting the clothing line for girls and boys through its factory retail stores. Guess continued to be guided as co-chairmen and co-CEOs. Maurice Marciano has overseen the design and its sales growth, while Paul managed the image and ad
California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U. S. the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento; the Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, the country's second most populous, after New York City. California has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, its largest county by area, San Bernardino County; the City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. California's $3.0 trillion economy is larger than that of any other state, larger than those of Texas and Florida combined, the largest sub-national economy in the world. If it were a country, California would be the 5th largest economy in the world, the 36th most populous as of 2017.
The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and third-largest urban economies, after the New York metropolitan area. The San Francisco Bay Area PSA had the nation's highest GDP per capita in 2017 among large PSAs, is home to three of the world's ten largest companies by market capitalization and four of the world's ten richest people. California is considered a global trendsetter in popular culture, innovation and politics, it is considered the origin of the American film industry, the hippie counterculture, fast food, the Internet, the personal computer, among others. The San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Area are seen as global centers of the technology and entertainment industries, respectively. California has a diverse economy: 58% of the state's economy is centered on finance, real estate services and professional, scientific and technical business services. Although it accounts for only 1.5% of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.
S. state. California is bordered by Oregon to the north and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south; the state's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east, from the redwood–Douglas fir forests in the northwest to the Mojave Desert in the southeast. The Central Valley, a major agricultural area, dominates the state's center. Although California is well-known for its warm Mediterranean climate, the large size of the state results in climates that vary from moist temperate rainforest in the north to arid desert in the interior, as well as snowy alpine in the mountains. Over time and wildfires have become more pervasive features. What is now California was first settled by various Native Californian tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries; the Spanish Empire claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War.
The western portion of Alta California was organized and admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom; the word California referred to the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. The name derived from the mythical island California in the fictional story of Queen Calafia, as recorded in a 1510 work The Adventures of Esplandián by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo; this work was the fifth in a popular Spanish chivalric romance series that began with Amadis de Gaula. Queen Calafia's kingdom was said to be a remote land rich in gold and pearls, inhabited by beautiful black women who wore gold armor and lived like Amazons, as well as griffins and other strange beasts. In the fictional paradise, the ruler Queen Calafia fought alongside Muslims and her name may have been chosen to echo the title of a Muslim leader, the Caliph. It's possible.
Know ye that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California close to that part of the Terrestrial Paradise, inhabited by black women without a single man among them, they lived in the manner of Amazons. They were robust of body with great virtue; the island itself is one of the wildest in the world on account of the craggy rocks. Shortened forms of the state's name include CA, Cal. Calif. and US-CA. Settled by successive waves of arrivals during the last 10,000 years, California was one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in pre-Columbian North America. Various estimates of the native population range from 100,000 to 300,000; the Indigenous peoples of California included more than 70 distinct groups of Native Americans, ranging from large, settled populations living on the coast to groups in the interior. California groups were diverse in their political organization with bands, villages, on the resource-rich coasts, large chiefdoms, such as the Chumash and Salinan.
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Loews Cineplex Entertainment
Loews Theatres known as Loews Incorporated, founded on June 23, 1904 by Marcus Loew, was the oldest theater chain operating in North America until it merged with AMC Theatres on January 26, 2006. From 1924 until 1959, it was the parent company of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios; the Loews name was used until 2017, when AMC simplified their branding to focus on three main lines: AMC, AMC Classic and AMC Dine-In after their purchase of Carmike Cinemas. The company was called "Loew's", after the founder, Marcus Loew. In 1969, when the Tisch brothers acquired the company, it became known as "Loews". Loew's Theatres Incorporated was founded in 1904 in Ohio, by entrepreneur Marcus Loew. Loew founded a chain of nickelodeon theaters which showed short silent films in storefront locations. Soon the successful enterprise grew to include deluxe vaudeville houses and lavish movie palaces. Loew's theaters were found in cities from coast-to-coast, but in East Coast and Midwest states. To provide quality films for his theaters, Loew founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures in 1924, by merging the earlier firms Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, Louis B. Mayer Productions.
Loew's Incorporated served as distribution arm and parent company for the studio until the two were forced to separate by the 1948 U. S. Supreme Court ruling United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc; the two companies split in 1959. In 1985, when federal regulations had been relaxed, Tri-Star Pictures a joint venture co-owned by The Coca-Cola Company CBS, Time Inc.'s HBO, acquired the Loews theater chain from Loews Corporation, the successor company to the original firm founded by Marcus Loew. Loews Corporation by this time was a holding company owned by brothers Robert and Laurence Tisch diversified in non-entertainment business interests ranging from hotels to insurance. CBS left Tri-Star in 1985, HBO left the venture and Tri-Star merged with Columbia Pictures in 1987, resulting in the formation of Columbia Pictures Entertainment. Upon the full acquisition of Tri-Star by Columbia Pictures, when Columbia was bought from Coca-Cola by Sony in 1989, Sony inherited the theaters as well. For a while, Loews operated under the Sony Theaters banner.
In 1994, Sony partnered with Magic Johnson to form Magic Johnson Theaters, a mini-chain of theaters geared toward the inner cities in Los Angeles. A year before, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound was installed in several theaters since the parent company used it to promote Sony's cinema sound division, which shut down in 2002. In 1998, Cineplex Odeon Corporation merged with Loews Theaters to form Loews Cineplex Entertainment; the combined company was one of the largest movie exhibitors in the world, with theaters in the United States, Mexico, South Korea, Spain. In 2001, the company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In 2002, Onex Corporation and Oaktree Capital Management acquired Loews Cineplex. In 2004, they sold Loews to a private group of investors. Onex retained the Canadian Loews Cineplex to form Cineplex Galaxy LP. In 2005, AMC Theatres announced that it would merge with Loews Cineplex Entertainment and that the merged company would adopt the AMC name. At the time of the merger, Loews operated 198 theaters with 2,235 screens.
Many theaters were rebranded as AMC Loews until the Loews name was phased out in 2017. Loew's Wonder Theaters United States v. Loew's Inc. a 1962 Supreme Court decision on block booking Cineplex Entertainment Robert Sobel, The Entrepreneurs: Explorations Within the American Business Tradition, luca 7, Marcus Loew: An Artist in Spite of Himself ISBN 0-679-40064-8. Official website
Urban Outfitters, Inc. is an American multinational lifestyle retail corporation headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It operates in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Pakistan; the Urban Outfitters brand targets young adults with a merchandise mix of women's and men's fashion apparel, footwear and accessories, activewear and gear, housewares, as well as music vinyl records and cassettes. Much of the merchandise is designed and produced by the company's wholesale division on multiple private labels; the company was founded as the retail store Free People by Richard Hayne, Judy Wicks, Scott Belair in 1970 as a project for an entrepreneurship class at University of Pennsylvania. It was renamed to Urban Outfitters and incorporated in 1976. Urban Outfitters, Inc. carries multiple stores within the URBN portfolio of brands, which includes Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, BHLDN, The Vetri Group. Urban Outfitters has been described as hipster, mall punk, kitschy, irreverent and retro.
It carries sometimes odd merchandise, for example, T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Jive Turkey” or “Atari”. They have introduced various types of stationery, including: a neon notebook, used for daily plans and general information too, they are known for catering to “hipster” culture and fashion, which incorporates influences from past decades. In house brands include Kimchi Blue, BDG, Pins & Needles, Sparkle & Fade, Silence + Noise, iets frans, Coincidence & Chance, Deena & Ozzy and Staring at Stars. In 2011, it agreed to sell limited editions of Polaroid ONE600 instant cameras and Type 779 instant film in partnership with the Austrian entrepreneur Florian Kaps, who acquired the rights to manufacture 700 copies of the defunct product. In January 2013, it hired the Abraham & Roetzel lobbying firm, led by former Republican Sen. Spencer Abraham, to advocate on its behalf in Washington, D. C. regarding retail industry policy. In 2007 Urban Outfitters received the National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the Urban Outfitters Corporate Office Campus located on the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
For the same campus, Urban Outfitters received the 2007 Global Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute. In March 2008, to introduce its new Terrain brand, the company entered the Philadelphia Flower Show and won the Alfred M. Campbell Award, the Conservation Award, People’s Choice Award and Best in Show. On November 27, 2009, the firm drew the attention of the Swedish press for denying collective bargaining rights to employees at their Stockholm store by making all 38 workers redundant and re-hiring them through employment agency Academic Work. In response to the move, ombudsman Jimmy Ekman called for tougher laws to prevent other firms denying collective bargaining rights in this way. In Q4 2015, the company announced plans to acquire the Vetri Family, a Philadelphia restaurant group; as the company is facing declining same store sales and foot traffic, the acquisitions illustrates the retailer’s shift in strategy. This includes restaurants Vetri Cucina, Amis Trattoria, Bar Amis, Pizzeria Vetri.
There are two Pizzeria Vetri locations in Philadelphia, with other locations in King of Prussia, PA and Washington DC. In 2019, the company drew attention by announcing the sale of used VHS tapes for $40. Urban Outfitters' products have been the subject of multiple complaints and criticism from religious and ethnic pressure groups including a local chapter of the NAACP, Anti-Defamation League and Navajo Nation for some of their products. Commercial website Corporate website
Sephora is a Paris, France-based multinational chain of personal care and beauty stores founded in Limoges in 1969. Featuring nearly 300 brands, along with its own private label, Sephora offers beauty products including cosmetics, body, nail color, haircare. Sephora is owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH as of 1997; the name comes from the Greek spelling of wife of Moses. Sephora first launched in Paris on 14 August 1969, it was acquired by Dominique Mandonnaud in 1993, who merged the purchase with his own perfume chain under the Sephora brand. Mandonnaud is credited for founding and implementing Sephora's "assisted self-service" sales experience, which departed from then-typical retail models for cosmetics by encouraging customers to try products in-store before purchasing. Mandonnaud continued to expand the Sephora brand through the 1990s, opening up its flagship store in Champs Élysées in 1997. In July 1997, Mandonnaud and his partners sold Sephora to LVMH, who expanded the stores globally and bolstered the chain's product offerings to include beauty and cosmetic products.
Sephora extended its operation to the Middle Eastern markets in 2007 and has opened over 44 Sephora UAE and KSA stores as well as an eCommerce store. It extends its partnership with its exclusive brands in the region. On 1 January 2014, Calvin McDonald replaced David Suliteanu as president and chief executive officer of Sephora Americas. Suliteanu was named CEO of another business in the LVMH portfolio. Sephora opened its first United States store in New York City in 1998 and its first Canadian store in Toronto in 2004, its North American headquarters is located in San Francisco, with corporate offices in New York City and Montréal. Sephora operates over 430 stores across North America. In 26 August 2016, Sephora opened its 400th location in North America on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago; the store is the city's new flagship location. On 31 March 2017, Sephora opened its largest retail location in North America near Herald Square; the store is 11,380 square feet and features over 13,000 products.
It's one of six Sephora TIP Workshop locations, with interactive services and tools, in North America. On 19 November 2018, Sephora signed a long-term lease at Thor Equities’ Town Square Metepec, a new retail and entertainment center in Mexico totaling 1.7 million square feet. Sephora launched its online store to the U. S. in 1999 and into Canada in 2003. The Canadian head office was opened in February 2007 by Marie-Christine Marchives, a former Sephora U. S. and Sephora France employee. Marie-Christine Marchives returned to France in July 2010 to become the general manager of Sephora France, she was replaced in Canada by Klaus Ryum-Larsen. Sephora operates over 2,300 stores in 33 countries worldwide generating over an estimated $4 billion in revenue as of 2013; as of September 2013, the Sephora at Champs Élysées in Paris, attracts over six million people a year. Sephora features a variety of beauty products from more than 300 brands, including NARS Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Too Faced Cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Urban Decay, Benefit Cosmetics, Amazing Cosmetics, First Aid Beauty, Lancôme Cosmetics, Sunday Riley Skincare, philosophy, Jo Malone London, Atelier Cologne, YSL Beauty by Yves Saint Laurent, Huda Beauty, Kat Von D, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
Sephora features its own make-up, beauty tools and accessories. Packaging for the line features the company's elongated flame logo in standard black print. In 2010, the company debuted fragrance collections with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, known as Elizabeth and James, a makeup line with Marc Jacobs. In October 2006, Sephora began opening stores inside JCPenney. Sephora inside JCPenney features some of the same makeup and fragrance brands as well as its own product line found in stand alone stores nationwide. Sephora inside JCPenney stores are much smaller than a normal store 1,500 sq ft in size. There are more than 600 Sephora locations in JCPenney stores across the US. In 2017, JC Penney announced the closing of 138 stores nationwide. In August 2015 it was announced that Sephora would launch a subscription service: Play! By Sephora; the monthly subscription service offers boxes containing sample size products for a monthly fee. Boston and Cincinnati were the only three cities to test the initial service launch in September 2015.
The service launched throughout the US in 2016. As of 2018, the subscription service is still only available in the US. For $10 USD billed monthly, each month’s box is a collectible bag that changes each month with five deluxe skin care, makeup, or hair care samples; each box includes a selection of products based on answers provided by customer in PLAY! profile. Sephora UAE and KSA are regional subdivisions of Sephora; the Middle East head office was opened in February 2006 by Pierre Fayard. Since 2007, over 30 separate Sephora stores have opened across the Middle East region. Sephora UAE and KSA provide make up and skincare products from notable brands such as Christian Dior, Laura Mercier and Kat Von D in a high tech contemporary retail environment. Sephora’s first Middle East store opened at Seef Mall in Bahrain on 7th January 2007 followed by Festival City, UAE on 1 March 2007 with a further 30 stores opening across the region since; the Sephora store in the Dubai Mall opened in December 2008 and is now ranked as the company’s number two store worldwide after the Paris Flagship store.
In 2007 the late Sephora CEO, Jacques Levy expressed a desire to have 100 stores open across the region by 2010