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October 24, 2013


burkes-bizzjournalJust in time for the holidays, some new retailers are preparing for their debut on San Antonio shopping scene.

Burke’s Outlet celebrated its grand opening at Wonderland of the Americas earlier today.

This is the first and only Burke’s Outlet to open in San Antonio. The Bradenton, Fla.-based retailer will occupy over 24,150 square feet of mall space, and will be located on the second floor of the mall — a space that formerly housed the Marketplace at Wonderland of the Americas. The Marketplace has been relocated and named “The Little Shops at Wonderland”.

“The Little Shops at Wonderland of the Americas will continue to serve as a small business incubator for more than 40 tenants,” says Oscar Montemayor, Director of Leasing for Wonderland. “The new location makes them accessible through the corridors of the mall, and we are happy that our tenants are so pleased with this change.”

Burke’s marks the latest bargain-priced retailer to join Wonderland. The chain also reflects what Montemayor and his team are trying to create at Wonderland — a leading hub for value-oriented retailers that are in demand among today’s consumers.

Burke’s joins a retail line up at Wonderland that also includes Burlington Coat Factory, Stein Mart, Ross Dress for Less and Anna’s Linens.

Wonderland of the Americas spans 742,000 square feet along the Loop 410/Interstate Highway 10 interchange in Balcones Heights. The property dates back to 1961 and was once known as Wonderland Mall.

“We are very proud to welcome Burke’s Outlet and continue the momentum at Wonderland of the Americas, with the addition of new businesses and retailers to our growing mall,” Montemayor adds.

Also making its debut on the Northwest Side is BodyBrite, a skin treatment center that will open next week at The Shops at La Cantera.
BodyBrite is a franchise business. The facilities offer such services as permanent hair removal, skin assessments and IPL skin rejuvenation.
The latter uses small pulses of light that are applied to the skin, the BodyBrite website explains. The light is transformed into heat, which ultimately restores the elastic networks under the skin to make it look younger.

The La Cantera BodyBrite will be owned and operated by local couple John and Crystal Townes.

Meanwhile, an already familiar name among local shoppers is expanding its presence on the Northwest Side.

A new Once Upon a Child store will open on Nov. 1 at 6945 Bandera Road in Leon Valley. The store will be owned and operated by Karen Wilburn.
“Our store fills a distinct niche in the retail market,” Wilburn says. “I understand how expensive it is to raise children today and want to offer an affordable option for local families.”

Once Upon a Child is one of several retail concepts under the umbrella of Minneapolis-based Winmark Corp. All of the concepts operate under a buy/sell/trade strategy — thus giving customers not only a chance to find quality merchandise at a good price, but an opportunity to resell items as well.

Specifically, the Once Upon a Child stores sell children’s apparel, baby equipment, furniture, books and toys.

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