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Major Food Group and Kith to Open Flagship in Miami’s Design District



Renowned restaurant operator Major Food Group and trendy streetwear retailer Kith are planning a joint flagship in Miami’s sizzling Design District, Commercial Observer has learned. 

The companies are in the early stages of opening an outpost at 69 NE 41st Street, across the street from the Institute of Contemporary Art, according to sources with knowledge of the plan. 

“We’re finishing up a deal,” Jeff Zalaznick, a partner in Major Food Group, confirmed, adding that the exact concept has yet to be decided.

A representative for Dacra, which owns the property, declined to comment about Kith and Major Food Group’s plans. A representative for Kith could not be reached for comment.

The Miami location marks the companies’ second joint venture. Last year in Paris near the Champs-Élysées, the pair opened Sadelle’s at Kith, where the hospitality group’s Jewish deli concept is housed inside a Kith clothing store. 

The Design District outpost is likely to become a flagship destination for both companies, given the building’s size. The three-story structure spans 37,326 square feet, including a 13,125-square-foot ground floor.

The building’s most recent tenant, TheArsenale, a purveyor of cutting-edge vehicles, vacated the space last month and relocated a mile south to Wynwood at 2450 NW 2nd Avenue, a spokesman for TheArsenale told Commercial Observer.

Major Food Group and Kith’s flagship underlines Miami’s retail boom. As the city grows as a tech and financial center, retail businesses have flocked there as well.

The Design District, developed by Craig Robins, is considered the pinnacle of luxury shopping in Miami. It’s home to marquee fashion names including Louis Vuitton and Chanel as well some of the city’s trendiest gastronomic hotspots such as the renowned Itamae and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Retail upstarts

A Kith and Major Food Group team-up represents a marriage of the most sought-after names in fashion and food. 

Founded by Ronnie Fieg, Kith started with two sneaker boutiques in New York City in 2011 and is now one of the most hyped streetwear labels. The brand’s profile grew as streetwear took over the fashion industry, permeating into the designs of luxury houses, such as Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga

The brand functions as both a fashion label and a retailer. It produces its own merchandise, which ranges from apparel to sleds and pens, while also curating products from other lines within Kith stores and its website. 

Kith is perhaps best known for its collaboration with notable entities Nike, Versace, BMW, among a long list of others. The merchandise stemming from those alliances often sells out within minutes.

The retailer now has 10 stores worldwide, including one in Miami’s South Beach. It’s unclear whether the Miami Beach store will remain open. 

Major Food Group came onto the New York scene around the same time as Kith. The hospitality group —  led by chefs Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi along with Zalaznick — has launched some of New York’s most popular restaurants over the past decade. 

When its marquee restaurant, Carbone, began offering delivery meals soon after COVID-19 hit, the police were called twice in one week to disperse a crowd of hungry patrons and delivery people. 

This past year, Major Food Group zeroed in on South Florida, opening a slew of restaurants. These included a Carbone outpost in South Beach, which became a celebrity hot-spot, Israeli restaurant HaSalon nearby along Washington Avenue, as well as ZZ’s Sushi Bar, a private club in the Design District. 

The company launched Sadelle’s eateries in Coconut Grove and Boca Raton and plans to open a 10,000-square-foot flagship in Miami Beach.  

All told, Major Food Group is set to open between seven and 10 restaurants in Miami this year, founder Zalaznick told Commercial Observer last fall. 

Beyond Florida and New York, Major Food Group operates restaurants in Las Vegas, Hong  Kong, Tel Aviv and is expanding to Dallas.

Welcome to the Design District

The Design District, spread across eight-city blocks between 41 and 38th Streets, is a shopping district, home to the fashion’s most storied and exciting brands. 

Two decades ago, developer Craig Robins began acquiring parcels across the Buena Vista neighborhood. In 2010, Robins’ Dacra and LVMH-backed L Catterton Real Estate teamed up to redevelop the neighborhood into an outdoor retail center, dashed with a taste of art. 

With modern-art installations placed throughout the district and the support from luxury conglomerate LVMH, it has become the retail destination in Miami for luxury brands to make a splash. 

Dior not only opened separate women’s and men’s stores, but also a café. Chanel, which opened its flagship store last month, reportedly spent $40 million on the build-out of the boutique. Last year, Fendi redecorated the café adjacent to its shop.  

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Moroccan B2B ECommerce Platform Chari Nets Funding on $100M Valuation




Morocco-based B2B eCommerce and FinTech startup Chari could see a valuation of $100 million after a new bridge round of funding, TechCrunch reported Thursday (Jan. 20).

Chari functions as a mobile app, allowing traditional proximity store owners in Morocco to order products and have them delivered.

The company is trying to get more into the FinTech space after closing a bridge round which was led by the Saudi Arabia-based venture capital fund Khwarizmi Ventures, AirAngels (Airbnb Alumni Investors) and Afri Mobility, the venture capital arm of AKWA Group.

“Chari will use the money from this bridge round to test the BNPL services with its existing customers,” said Ismael Belkhayat, Chari’s CEO. “Upon successful results, Chari will acquire a local credit company to enable shop owners to lend money to their end users and further grow their business.”

Chari works with over half of the proximity stores in Casablanca, and has expanded into Tunisia. Last August, the company also acquired Karny, a mobile credit book application.

The Karny acquisition gave Chari more data on the loans given by grocery stores to customers, letting it credit assess unbanked shop owners and determine the best payment terms.

Chari was also a participant in the startup investor and incubator Y Combinator S21 batch and raised $5 million in late 2021. PYMNTS writes that Karny’s services help convenience stores use smartphones to manage credit arrangements with customers.

See also: Morocco’s eCommerce Startup Acquires Mobile Credit Book App

The company has around 15,000 convenience store customers. According to Y Combinator’s website, Chari “is an eCommerce and FinTech app for traditional retailers in North Africa allowing them to order any consumer goods they sell and get delivered for free in less than 24 hours.”

Chari also works as a financial services provider for retailers, offering micro-credit facilities.

PYMNTS also reported on Chari’s fundraising last year, writing that it could help the company expand into French-speaking Africa.

Related: Moroccan B2B eCommerce Firm Chari Raises $5M 


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Hudson Swafford Breaks From Pack Late to Win the American Express



Hudson Swafford went eagle-birdie at the 16th and 17th holes to cap a busy final round and win The American Express on Sunday in La Quinta, Calif.

Swafford’s eagle, nine birdies and three bogeys added up to an 8-under 64 that catapulted him to victory after starting the day three strokes off theleaders. At 23-under 265, Swafford beat Tom Hoge (68 Sunday) by two shots.

Brian Harman also shot a 64 earlier in the day to se

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Is Putin Following in Steps of Peter the Great



Three hundred and forty kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, lies the city of Poltava.

At its heart is a semi-circular square with a cast-iron column and nearly two dozen eighteenth-century Swedish cannons captured in the 1709 Battle of Poltava, a decisive encounter in the Great Northern War, waged between Russia’s Peter the Great and Sweden’s Charles XII for supremacy in eastern Europe.


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