Crosbie Real Estate Group I World of Beer Opens at City Set

ImageWe’re excited to welcome our new tenant, World of Beer, to CitySet in Denver! The opening is featured in FSR Magazine:

World of Beer Brewing Opens 37th Location in Denver

World of Beer (WOB), a thriving beer-centric tavern boasting an extensive collection of brews from around the globe, expands into Colorado at Cherry Creek on March 13 at 660 South Colorado Blvd. in Denver. This is the 37th location, and first in Colorado, for the craft beer concept boasting more than 500 different, ever-changing bottles and 60 rotating taps.

A 1,500 square-foot patio complements the 2,850 square-foot free standing building. The location is part of a new development featuring Hilton Garden Inn and Marriott Residence Inn, and will soon be occupied by multiple restaurants.

“I feel honored to have been a part of World of Beer’s growth from the very first franchise,” says Jason Rappaport, World of Beer Cherry Creek Owner. “We’re a big part of this craft beer revolution and it’s exciting to move into Colorado where there are more breweries than anywhere in the nation.”

Rappaport learned of the concept in 2008 when he spoke to the owner at the original World of Beer Westchase in Tampa, Fla., which is home to corporate headquarters. Rappaport and his partner Philippe Theodore own exclusive rights to World of Beer franchises in Tampa Bay, the greater Houston area, and the state of Colorado.

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Financial Post I Online retailers turn back to bricks and mortar to boost sales

ImageAll retailers are aware of the potential revenue-eroding threat to their businesses from online giants such as Amazon thanks to “showrooming” — the consumer act of sizing up merchandise in a street-front store before going home to buy it for the cheapest possible price online.

But a budding trend for online retailers is to embrace just the opposite: when a seasoned online-only retailer wants to really grow and extend the business these days, it opens up a physical store.

Vancouver-based online retailer, the world’s largest online retailer of contact lenses and eyeglasses, is the latest to embrace the idea, with plans to open a 1,000-square-foot boutique on the city’s bustling Robson Street retail strip on March 23.

Roger Hardy, chief executive of parent company Coastal Contacts Inc., says retail stores might still be the best way to reach some consumers who still prefer to buy certain categories — whether it be glasses or shoes — in a store first so they can try on the merchandise.

“ has a high-service [online] model,” Mr. Hardy explained in a recent interview en route from the Vancouver airport. “We make it easy [to buy], returns are no problem, we pay for the return.”

And [while] the twentysomething demographic has no problem buying glasses online, it is some of the other segments … we want to get them over the hump of trying on that first pair of glasses [in a store] and then realizing they can get a great pair of glasses online at an amazing price.”

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