Retail Roundup—Starbucks opens high-end shop in China; L'Occitane's digital flagship

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Starbucks will open the first of high-end Roastery in China.

Charming Charlie rethinks size, scale of business

Charming Charlie has taken a number of steps to stabilize its business, such as closing a number of underperforming stores and its Los Angeles office. The company will also shrink its Houston support center and distribution center to strengthen its financial performance. Release

Toys R Us to close 26 U.K. stores

Toys R Us plans to shutter at least 26 U.K. stores, as the retailer is undergoing bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. Starting in the spring of 2018, the larger locations closing will give the toy chain more focus on better-performing, smaller shops and its online store. Bloomberg article

Starbucks opens high-end shop in China

Starbucks is opening a high-end Roastery shop in Shanghai. The store is twice as large as the original Roastery that debuted on Seattle's Capitol Hill three years ago and will introduce exclusive brands to its fastest growing market. Seattle Times article

L'Occitane opens first digital flagship

French beauty company L'Occitane en Provence has opened a flagship boutique in Canada that offers an immersive digital experience. Guests are invited to take a multisensory journey that includes video walls and sounds for a sensorial experience. Release