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NEWS| FnB| Retail| Landmark to enter food retailing arena

Dubai-based Landmark Group will introduce its new food retailing concept Gourmet Station next month at Dubai's Oasis Mall, according to media reports.
The first store will span over a retail space of 7,000 sq ft. Further the company also plans to open six outlets this year and 34 more within next five years.

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The store will offer specialised products across all categories, including tea and coffee, confectionery, groceries, meat and fish.

According to company officials, the company is developing a large concept between 15,000 sq ft and 25,000 square feet and a second a smaller ‘grab and go' concept, anywhere between 100 sq ft and 2,000 sq ft.

The second store will open at Dukkan Qamardeen Souk, The Old Town, Burj Dubai, and will measure approximately 6000 sq ft.

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KNOW PEOPLE| Master Chef| Charlie Trotter

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From cooking for his friends for entertainment to becoming a living culinary legend, Charlie Trotter has come a long way in life.

Known for his philanthropic nature, Trotter established the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation, aimed at helping people break into the culinary field.

Despite having no formal training in the culinary arts, Trotter has crafted numerous special dinners all over the world.


About Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter opened Charlie Trotter's (Chicago) in 1987 with his father, Bob Trotter as his partner. The restaurant has been open for 21 years.

Chef Trotter did not come from a "food focused" family. His interest in food was developed while he was in college and his roommate, Joel Fish (who was an avid cook) would prepare various courses for his friends to taste. Trotter became interested in what J…

NEWS| Mandarin Oriental, Beijing destroyed by fire

MO Statement: We can confirm that the fire at the construction site of Mandarin Oriental, Beijing, which was scheduled to open in the second half of 2009, has been extinguished.
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CCTV, the developers of the hotel, has placed the following statement on their website:

“Beijing Fire Control Bureau says CCTV staff responsible for the construction of the new TV complex, hired staff to ignite large festive firecrackers outside the building, and caused the fire. The move did not receive approval from related authorities. The fire has caused severe damage. CCTV sincerely apologizes for the damage that the fire caused, and the inconvenience it has brought to the public.”

All 64 Mandarin Oriental employees, who are located at an offsite pre-opening office, are safe.

It has been confirmed that a fireman has lost his life and our sympathy is with his family. We would …