Apparently, Starbucks isn't as ubiquitous as one might think. The first Starbucks coffee shop in the Albertville St. Michael area will open in late October in Albertville Premium Outlets.It will be a welcome addition to an outlet center that has been lacking places to eat and drink. 

Two other stores opening in the outlet mall include DKNY on July 28 and Express Factory Store on Aug. 17. It will be the first DKNY outlet in the state. The new Express store in Albertville joins one in Eagan's Twin Cities Premium Outlets.

In other activity at the Albertville mall, Converse became the latest in a growing list of retailers moving from the Promenade annex to the main center across the street. But two local retailers in the Promenade are expanding. Flying Circus Toys gained square footage moving into the former Kenneth Cole location across the sidewalk. The Peak, which sells the Finnish outerwear brand Luhta for men and women, as well as ready to wear sportswear and accessories, took over the BCBG spot. 

Kenneth Cole and BCBG have closed many of their outlet stores across the country. Gymboree, which will close in the Medford outlet mall south of the Twin Cities, will remain open in the Albertville and Eagan outlet malls. 

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