UNIVERSITY PARK -- Crate and Barrel, an upscale retailer of home furniture and accessories, will open its first Sarasota-Bradenton store at the Mall at University Town Center.
Crate and Barrel will join the slew of high profile businesses due to open at the new mall, such as Apple, Saks Fifth Avenue and The Cheesecake Factory.
The Chicago-based chain is planning for a 26,000-square-foot store to add to its fleet of 170 stores in the U.S., a building permit shows.
Crate and Barrel first opened in Chicago in 1962 as a family business by Gordon and Carole Segal, who were inspired by the design and simplicity of European home goods. Today, the privately held company is owned by the Otto Group in Hamburg, Germany. Crate and Barrel has five other locations in Florida, including stores in Orlando and Tampa.
Upscale accessory chain Brighton Collectibles is also set to open a store inside the $315 million mall.
The two-level, 880,000-square-foot Mall at UTC is on track to open Oct. 16 at Cattlemen Road and University Parkway.
Sabrina Rocco, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7024. Follow her on Twitter@sabrinarocco.