November 4, 2013

Whether it’s a high-end specialty store or a big-box discounter, flooring can go a long way toward setting the right mood — and making shoppers feel comfortable. “It’s naturally innate in us to look down at the ground,” said Nathan Lee Colkitt, CEO, Colkitt&Co., an architectural firm with offices in San Diego and New York City. “If we get the lay of the land, we feel safer and more comfortable.”

March 15, 2013

Slip-and-fall accidents in public places, including retail stores, are the leading cause of premise liability injuries and rank among facilities managers' top management issues. And with the elderly particularly vulnerable to falls, the size and scope of the problem is likely to grow in the near future given the aging of the baby boomers.

October 25, 2012

By Donald Landin

If you’ve ever slipped and fallen on a wet surface, you’re not alone. Each year, poorly maintained floors are responsible for more than 2 million customer and employee fall injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The result: billions of dollars in medical, insurance and litigation costs for businesses.

September 21, 2012

dELiA*s is showing off its feminine side. The teen apparel retailer has debuted a new prototype at Providence Place Mall, in Providence, R.I. The 3,674-sq.-ft. store has a stylish, upbeat vibe that reflects its target audience.

November 9, 2011

Taking over an existing retail space can be a good move, as long as you have all the facts from the get-go, especially with regard to the floor.

March 7, 2011

As polished concrete flooring continues to gain traction among retailers, treatment, topping and technology options are increasing as well. Chain Store Age spoke with Stephen Klugherz, president of San Diego-based Diamatic USA and Diamatic Management Services, subsidiaries of the Blastrac Global Group of Cos., on how new products and technologies are helping to solidify polished concrete’s place as a preferred flooring solution.

February 10, 2011

Proper and consistent floor maintenance is a critical component in retail facilities management. Effective maintenance maximizes a retailer’s investment by extending the life of the flooring surface and providing optimum performance. It also contributes directly to employee and shopper safety and to a store’s overall image. Chain Store Age talked with Russ VanderZwaag of Minneapolis-based Tennant Co. about trends in floor maintenance and tips for keeping floors looking their best. 


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January 27, 2011

It’s a shopper’s market.

December 1, 2010

It’s a shopper’s market. Today, consumers have an array of options when it comes to shopping and no longer have to remain loyal to one store.

June 30, 2008

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March 31, 2008

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October 14, 2007

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August 31, 2007

An ordinary concrete floor can be a thing of beauty—just ask Office Depot. The...

August 30, 2007

An ordinary concrete floor can be a thing of beauty—just ask Office Depot. The office-product...

June 30, 2007

One-stop shopping for moms-to-be is just one of the attractions at the Destination Maternity flagship...

April 30, 2007

An open forum on best practices was among the highlights of the facilities management workshop...