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Barneys to Return to Chelsea

Feb 10, 2016Retail

Barneys New York will open a store in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood on Feb. 15, according to wwd.com.
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Tractor Supply Co. to Open 1,500th Store

Feb 10, 2016Retail

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Tractor Supply Co. recently announced the opening of its 1,500th store in Odessa, Texas.
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Smith & Fong Expands Presence in the U.K.

Feb 10, 2016Industry

San Francisco-based Smith & Fong Co., manufacturer of Plyboo bamboo architectural plywood and textured wall systems, has expanded its presence in the United Kingdom and Europe, with a London office and centralized warehousing in the Midlands.
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Tropical Smoothie Café Continues National Expansion

Feb 10, 2016Retail

Tropical Smoothie Café has signed a franchisee agreement to open a new restaurant in Charleston, S.C.
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Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH New York to Feature Gilt In-Store Shop

Feb 09, 2016Retail

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH will officially open its initial location in New York on March 3, featuring the first-ever Gilt in-store shop.
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RH Secures Lease on Historic San Francisco Building

Feb 09, 2016Retail

The Port of San Francisco and Historic Pier 70 LLC recently announced the signing of a tenancy agreement with luxury home furnishings retailer RH (Restoration Hardware) at Pier 70 on San Francisco’s waterfront.
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YOGASMOGA to Open First New York Retail Experience

Feb 09, 2016Retail

New York-based YOGASMOGA will open its first New York retail location, designed by Selldorf Architects.
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Sports Authority to File for Bankruptcy

Feb 08, 2016Retail

Sports Authority Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to BloombergBusiness.
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CitySCENE Las Vegas: GlobalShop Edition Announced for March 22

Feb 08, 2016Awards & Events

The next design:retail CitySCENE event will be held on March 22 in Las Vegas at Heart of Omnia (inside Caeser’s Palace), located at 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
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Mattress Firm to Acquire Sleepy’s

Feb 08, 2016Retail

Houston, Texas-based Mattress Firm Holding Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding equity interests in HMK Mattress Holdings LLC, the holding company of Sleepy’s and related entities, for $780 million.
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At Home Announces New Stores

Feb 05, 2016Retail

Plano, Texas-based At Home continues to expand, adding four more stores to its portfolio.
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Fabletics Continues Bricks-and-Mortar Expansion

Feb 05, 2016Retail

Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minn., recently announced that Fabletics, the fashion athletic wear brand co-founded by actress Kate Hudson, will open a 2,000-sq.-ft. store at the mall later this spring.
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Kohl’s Debuts New York Showroom

Feb 05, 2016Retail

Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based Kohl’s Corp. has unveiled a New York showroom at 1400 Broadway, where the company’s design offices are located, according to wwd.com.
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Coach to Open ‘Coach House’ on Fifth Avenue

Feb 04, 2016Retail

New York-based Coach Inc. will open a New York flagship to celebrate its 75th anniversary this fall.
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Lowe’s to Acquire RONA

Feb 04, 2016Retail

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s Cos. Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement under which the company is expected to acquire Canadian home improvement retailer RONA for $2.3 billion.
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CVS Health Introduces First Locations Within Target Stores

Feb 04, 2016Retail

Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health and Minneapolis-based Target Corp. recently announced that the first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores are now open in the Charlotte, N.C., market.
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Sleep Country Opens Ontario Store

Feb 03, 2016Retail

Sleep Country is pleased to announce the opening of a new store location in Oakville, Ontario.
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REI Expands in New York, Florida

Feb 03, 2016Retail

Seattle-based REI will open stores in Rochester, N.Y., in fall 2016, and at Winter Park Village in Winter Park, Fla., in spring 2017.
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Report: Amazon Plans to Open More Bricks-and-Mortar Bookstores

Feb 03, 2016Retail

Internet retail giant Amazon plans to expand its bricks-and-mortar bookstore concept, according to The New York Times.
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Nordstrom Rack to Open California Store

Feb 02, 2016Retail

Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at The Market Place in Tustin, Calif.
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Gelson’s Markets to Open Second Hollywood Location

Feb 02, 2016Retail

Encino, Calif.-based supermarket chain Gelson’s Markets has entered into a lease for its second Hollywood location.
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Sears Hometown Store Opens Within Ace Hardware

Feb 02, 2016Retail

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. will open its newest California Sears Hometown Store in Selma on Jan. 28.
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dd's DISCOUNTS to Open Texas Store

Feb 01, 2016Retail

Dublin, Calif.-based dd's DISCOUNTS, a division of Ross Stores Inc., will open a new 22,000-sq.-ft. store in Mesquite, Texas, on Feb. 6.
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Primark to Open at New Jersey’s American Dream

Feb 01, 2016Retail

European retailer Primark has revealed plans for its first store in northern New Jersey at American Dream.
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Stew Leonard’s to Open Second Long Island Store

Feb 01, 2016Retail

Norwalk, Conn.-based farm fresh food grocer Stew Leonard’s announced that East Meadow, N.Y., will be home to its sixth grocery store and second location on Long Island.
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Nordstrom Lands Second Manhattan Location

Jan 29, 2016Retail

Seattle-based Nordstrom has found a second location in New York.
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DWR Building New Space in Atlanta

Jan 29, 2016Retail

Stamford, Conn.-based Design Within Reach (DWR) has broken ground in Atlanta’s Westside Provisions District on a new showroom space.
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Whole Foods Market to Open in Burnaby

Jan 29, 2016Retail

Whole Foods Market has opened a new location in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
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DJI to Open Flagship Retail Store in Korea

Jan 28, 2016Retail

Aerial vehicle technology company DJI will open a flagship store in Seoul's Hongdae district.
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Petland Continues International Expansion

Jan 28, 2016Retail

Chillicothe, Ohio-based Petland Inc. announced Monday that it is expanding its international reach into the Middle East North Africa region.
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German Discount Supermarket to Make U.S. Debut

Jan 28, 2016Retail

German discount supermarket chain Lidl recently announced on its website that it is seeking properties for its first stores in the United States.
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PGA TOUR Superstore to Make Utah Debut

Jan 27, 2016Retail

Atlanta-based PGA TOUR Superstore will open its first interactive retail store in Utah.
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Acolyte LED Promotes Scott Vontobel

Jan 27, 2016Industry

New York-based Acolyte LED has promoted Scott Vontobel to COO of the company.
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Bell & Mccoy to Represent Contech Lighting

Jan 27, 2016Industry

Northbrook, Ill.-based ConTech Lighting recently announced that Bell & McCoy Lighting and Controls will represent ConTech Lighting in five states.
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MG2 Announces Promotions, New Hires

Jan 27, 2016Industry

Seattle-based MG2 recently announced three promotions and two new additions to the firm.
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CitySCENE Hits Los Angeles Feb. 18

Jan 27, 2016Awards & Events

design:retail will host a CitySCENE event in support of the Retail Design Institute (RDI) in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.
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Under Armour Plans Major Expansion


Jan 27, 2016Retail

Baltimore-based athletic wear brand Under Armour will open 200 stores in 2016, according to thestreet.com.
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LIFE TIME to Make New York Debut

Jan 25, 2016Retail

LIFE TIME, in partnership with The Moinian Group, will open its first New York-based club—Life Time Athletic at Sky—in spring 2016.
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NYX Opens California Flagship

Jan 25, 2016Retail

NYX Professional Makeup has opened its first flagship retail store in Northern California at Westfield Valley Fair shopping center in Santa Clara.
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Sally Beauty Opens 5,000th Location

Jan 25, 2016Retail

Denton, Texas-based Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. has opened its 5,000th store location in Fort Worth, Texas, at Presidio Towne Crossing.
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Retail Window Displays Take a Stand on Social Issues

Jan 22, 2016Opinions

Leveraging a more provocative stance in visual merchandising could grow customer interest and sales
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Shinola Announces Expansion Plans

Jan 22, 2016Retail

Detroit-based watch maker Shinola is spreading its “Where American is Made” tagline around the country, with plans to open 10 stores this year, three in the Los Angeles market.
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Shoppers Drug Mart Welcomes Joe Fresh Beauty

Jan 22, 2016Retail

Shoppers Drug Mart, the Canadian market leader in mass and prestige cosmetics, has expanded its beauty offering with the introduction of the Joe Fresh Beauty collection, which will now be available at 850 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores across Canada.
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IKEA Canada To Open Sustainable Store in Halifax

Jan 22, 2016Retail

Burlington, Ontario-based IKEA Canada has announced that a full-size IKEA store with a focus on sustainability will be coming to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Bloomingdale’s to Open Second International Store

Jan 21, 2016Retail

Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. announced that a Bloomingdale’s store is planned to open in spring 2017 in Kuwait as part of a strategic partnership with Al Tayer Group LLC.
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Price Chopper Chain Names CEO

Jan 21, 2016People

Schenectady, N.Y.-based Golub Corp., which owns the Price Chopper supermarket chain, has named Scott Grimmett as CEO, according to the Albany Business Review.
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Tuft & Needle Makes Bricks-and-Mortar Debut

Jan 20, 2016Retail

Online mattress company Tuft & Needle has introduced a new retail store experience with the launch of its flagship store in San Francisco.
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GlobalShop Announces List of Hottest Retailers for 2016

Jan 20, 2016Awards & Events

GlobalShop recently announced its first-ever rating of the country’s retailers.
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J.C. Penney Names New Executive Vice President

Jan 20, 2016People

J.C. Penney Co. Inc. has named Joe McFarland its new executive vice president of stores, according to wwd.com.
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Deadline for 40 Under 40 Nominations is Jan. 21

Jan 19, 2016Awards & Events

design:retail is calling for nominations for its second-annual 40 Under 40, recognizing the top young professionals in the retail design community.  Deadline for nominations is Jan. 21, 2016.
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Toys “R” Us Opens 100th China Store

Jan 19, 2016Retail

Ten years after first entering the market, Toys “R” Us Inc. has opened its 100th store in China.
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Ahold, Delhaize File Joint Merger Proposal

Jan 19, 2016Industry

Ahold and Delhaize Group have filed for a joint merger proposal.
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Wayfair Launches Flooring Business

Jan 15, 2016Retail

Boston-based Wayfair Inc. has launched One-Stop Flooring Shop, aimed at offering customers a single destination for managing and completing home flooring projects.
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Amazon to Acquire French Package-Delivery Company

Jan 15, 2016Retail

E-commerce giant Amazon is expected to acquire French package-delivery company Colis Privé this quarter, according to The Seattle Times.
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The Webster Makes Texas Debut

Jan 15, 2016Retail

Miami-based The Webster recently opened a new store in Houston, Texas, according to wwd.com.
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Publix CEO Announces Retirement

Jan 14, 2016People

Lakeland, Fla.-Publix recently announced that Ed Crenshaw plans to retire as CEO, effective April 30, 2016.
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Kreiss to Open West Hollywood Flagship

Jan 14, 2016Retail

High-end furniture brand Kreiss will open a new flagship store in West Hollywood this spring, according to Furniture Today.
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DICK’S Sporting Goods Launches Team Sports HQ

Jan 14, 2016Retail

Pittsburgh-based DICK’S Sporting Goods recently announced the launch of DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one platform that will offer youth sports leagues across the country online registration and team/league websites, custom uniforms and FanWear, and access to donations and sponsorships.
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CallisonRTKL Announces New Leadership Appointments

Jan 13, 2016People

Seattle-based Callison and RTKL, which recently joined forces as CallisonRTKL, have announced several senior-level appointments.
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Sargenti Architects Names New Business Development Manager

Jan 13, 2016People

Paramus, N.J.-based Sargenti Architects has named Cynthia Hirsch as its new business development manager.
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Starbucks Launches Long-term China Growth Plan

Jan 13, 2016Retail

Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. recently reaffirmed the strategic role of the China market in shaping the future of the company with the announcement of several market-leading initiatives.
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ALDI Debuts New Health-Focused Merchandising Strategy

Jan 13, 2016Retail

Batavia, Ill.-based ALDI is introducing a new initiative called Healthier Checklanes designed to cut out temptation and allow shoppers to make healthier choices.
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Acolyte LED Promotes Vontobel

Jan 13, 2016People

New York-based Acolyte LED has promoted Scott Vontobel to COO.
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Hallmark Launches Home Décor Line

Jan 12, 2016Retail

Kansas City, Mo.-based Hallmark has introduced a home décor line called Hallmark Home.
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Natural Grocers to Make Iowa Debut

Jan 12, 2016Retail

Lakewood, Colo.-based Natural Grocers will open a store in Clive, Iowa, on Feb. 9.
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American Apparel Obtains Approval to Accept Reorganization Plan

Jan 12, 2016Retail

Los Angeles-based American Apparel Inc. recently announced that it has obtained unanimous approval of all voting classes to accept its reorganization plan.
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Call for 40 Under 40 Nominations

Jan 11, 2016Awards & Events

design:retail is calling for nominations for its second-annual 40 Under 40, recognizing the top young professionals in the retail design community.
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Finish Line Launches Restructuring Plan

Jan 11, 2016Retail

Finish Line Inc. recently announced plans to close stores and replace its CEO, according to Morningstar.com.
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Target, SoulCycle Announce Partnership

Jan 11, 2016Retail

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. has partnered with SoulCycle, launching a 10-city tour.
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Nordstrom Rack Continues Rapid Expansion

Jan 08, 2016Retail

Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open Nordstrom Rack at The Marketplace at Braintree in Braintree, Mass.
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Supervalu to Spin Off Save-A-Lot

Jan 08, 2016Retail

Supervalu Inc.’s board has approved the spinoff of its Save-A-Lot discount supermarket chain, according to Reuters.
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DAVIDsTEA Inc. Announces Growth Plans

Jan 08, 2016Retail

Montreal-based DAVIDsTEA Inc. announced the opening of 10 new stores across North America, which will feature DAVIDsTEA’s full line of teas, gifts and accessories.
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Kroger to Launch New Urban Concept

Jan 07, 2016Retail

Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. will unveil a new format focused on fresh produce, food preparation advice and high-quality prepared foods in metropolitan Seattle, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.
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Skechers to Open New Hawaii Store

Jan 07, 2016Retail

DeBartolo Development recently announced that footwear retailer Skechers will open its newest location at Ka Makana Alii, the 1.4 million-sq.-ft. regional mall currently under construction in West Oahu, Hawaii.
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Huddle House to Debut Rooftop Dining Concept

Jan 07, 2016Retail

Atlanta-based Huddle House will open a new restaurant in Carolina Beach, N.C., in June.
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Nintendo World to Undergo Major Renovation

Jan 07, 2016Retail

Nintendo World, located at 10 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, will temporarily close it's doors Jan. 19-Feb. 19 for a major renovation.
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Call for 40 Under 40 Nominations

Jan 06, 2016Awards & Events

design:retail is calling for nominations for its second-annual 40 Under 40, recognizing the top young professionals in the retail design community.
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Nordstrom Rack to Open in New Orleans

Jan 06, 2016Retail

Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk in New Orleans, La.
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Tropical Smoothie Cafe to Make California Debut

Jan 06, 2016Retail

Atlanta-based Tropical Smoothie Café will open its first restaurant in Lake Forest, Calif., in mid-January.
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SONIC Continues California Expansion

Jan 05, 2016Industry

Oklahoma City-based SONIC Drive-In recently announced the expansion of two existing franchise agreements and the addition of two new franchise agreements for a total of 33 new drive-ins to the state of California over the next seven years.
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Brookstone Expands Globally

Jan 05, 2016Industry

Merrimack, N.H.-based Brookstone has opened its first overseas store in one of the largest retail shopping centers in Nanjing, China.
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Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Names New CEO

Jan 05, 2016People

Boulder, Colo.-based Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy recently announced that its board of directors has appointed Richard S. Willis as the company’s president and CEO.
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Stater Bros. Markets Appoints New CEO

Jan 04, 2016People

San Bernardino, Calif.-based Stater Bros Markets has appointed Pete Van Helden as its new president and CEO.
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Lessons learned from the evolution of healthcare

Jan 01, 2016Opinions

Why evidence-based design could be the key to the future of retail.
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Denver Mattress Co. Opens West Virginia Store

Dec 22, 2015Retail

Denver Mattress Co., operated by Denver-based Furniture Row, has opened its latest store in Barboursville, W.Va.
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Adder America Hires New Vice President

Dec 22, 2015People

San Francisco-based Adder America Inc. has hired Chip Jewitt as its new vice president of national sales.
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Abercrombie & Fitch Continues Middle East Expansion

Dec 22, 2015Retail

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. recently announced that its Abercrombie & Fitch brand will open its first store in the United Arab Emirates at Dubai’s Mall of Emirates on Dec. 26.
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Westfield Corp. Sells Five U.S. Malls

Dec 22, 2015Retail

Westfield Corp. has completed the divestment of five assets in the United States for $1.1 billion.
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DJI Opens China Flagship

Dec 21, 2015Retail

Manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicle technology DJI has opened its first flagship store in OCT Harbour in Shenzhen, China.
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Forever 21 Continues to Expand F21 RED

Dec 21, 2015Retail

Los Angeles-based Forever 21 continues its expansion of F21 RED with three new stores.
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La-Z-Boy Opens First Small-Footprint Store

Dec 21, 2015Retail

La-Z-Boy has unveiled a new urban small-footprint retail store in Logan Circle, Washington, D.C., according to Furniture Today.
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Marks & Spencer Opens Shop in Beijing

Dec 18, 2015Retail

London-based retailer Marks & Spencer has opened its first shop in Beijing as part of its repositioning strategy in the Chinese market.
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Saks Fifth Avenue To Open A Dedicated Men’s Store At Brookfield Place

Dec 18, 2015Retail

Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) has announced plans to open a 16,750-sq.-ft. Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store at Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan in Spring 2017.
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MRKTPL to Open at Empire Outlets

Dec 18, 2015Retail

New York-based BFC Partners has announced a partnership with the creative team behind the city’s Gansevoort Market to bring a new culinary destination to the North Shore waterfront.
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eBay Mall Pop-Ups to Sell Customers’ Unwanted Holiday Gifts

Dec 17, 2015Retail

Online marketplace retailer eBay will operate pop-up selling stations in three select Westfield shopping centers across the country from Dec. 26-27.
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Cub Foods Opens in Former Kmart Site

Dec 17, 2015Retail

Stillwater, Minn.-based Cub Foods has opened a new Cub Foods grocery store and a Cub Wine & Spirits store in White Bear Lake, Minn.
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Ashley HomeStore Celebrates 600th Store Opening

Dec 17, 2015Retail

Brandon, Fla.-based Ashley HomeStore has opened its 600th store in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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CVS Health Completes Acquisition of Target's Pharmacy Business

Dec 16, 2015Retail

Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health Corp. and Minneapolis-based Target Corp. recently announced that CVS Health has completed the acquisition of Target's pharmacy and clinic businesses for approximately $1.9 billion.
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