Monday, March 22, 2010

Kids' chain plans first local store

Crazy 8, a children's clothing store that is part of the Gymboree Corp., will make its Charlotte-area debut Wednesday at Carolina Place mall in Pineville. It sells clothing and accessories for boys and girls, sizes 0 to 14, and will be located on the upper level, near Build-A-Bear Workshop.

The brand began in 2007 and is intended as a more value-oriented concept than the company's other divisions, selling "current fashion trends in age-appropriate styles that are wearable, washable and at prices parents will love," according to a news release. Gymboree also operates its flagship Gymboree stores, the upscale Janie and Jack nameplate and Gymboree Outlets, all of which have area locations. Crazy 8 is now Gymboree Corp.'s fastest-growing chain, with about 65 locations nationwide, including stores in the Greensboro and Raleigh areas.

ALSO: Today marks the opening of the new Run For Your Life specialty running store at the Shops at Piper Glen, 6416 Rea Road in Charlotte. The shop relocated from Stonecrest shopping center, just down the street. Run For Your Life also has two other locations, in Dilworth and in University City.