Oprah Winfrey to open store near her Chicago studio



By The Associated Press

CHICAGO – She’s got a talk show, a book club and a magazine – and now Oprah Winfrey is opening her own store.

The store will be located kitty corner from Harpo Studios, where Winfrey’s talk show is taped, a spokeswoman for Harpo Productions Inc. said Wednesday.

Construction already is under way on the one-story, 4,500-square-foot store, the spokeswoman said.

No potential opening date or details on what the store is expected to sell were released.

But Winfrey’s Web site does have a boutique where viewers can buy merchandise such as a beach tote with “O” logo trim for $26, a $10 coffee mug with “The Oprah Winfrey Show” written on the side, or a $24 basket made in South Africa.

Harpo Studios is located about a mile west of Chicago’s downtown. It’s been credited with helping revitalize the neighborhood known as the West Loop, a former warehouse district now full of galleries, restaurants and apartments.