April 30, 2015

A look at brands and categories that are growingI read CSA editor-in-chief Marianne Wilson’s recent “From the Editor’s Desk” column (page 8, March 2015 issue, Chain Store Age) with great interest. Her piece — “The store is back (even though it never left)” — touched on the topic of brick-and-mortar retail expansion and “the relevance of offline retail in an omnichannel world.”The article got me thinking in more detail about the retail expansion we are seeing in 2015. What brands are growing?

February 2, 2015

CSA Editor Marianne Wilson interviews Karen Garrette, Global Retail Industry Director at Microsoft Dynamics.


January 29, 2015

CSA Editor Marianne Wilson interviews Junction Solutions' Industry Principal, Retail, Brion Reusche, at NRF's Big Show 2015.

November 25, 2014

Corner Bakery Cafe is in a growth mode. The company, which was acquired in 2011 by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, is entering new markets and opening locations across the country, from New York City to Las Vegas. It will end the year with 185 cafes (114 company-owned and 71 franchised). The company plans to more than double its U.S. footprint by 2017 through a combination of franchised and company-owned cafes.

June 4, 2014

Senior editor Katherine Boccaccio and editor-in-chief Marianne Wilson sat down with retail real estate leaders and analysts in Las Vegas at RECon 2014.

May 1, 2014

Verizon Wireless has set itself an ambitious goal: to transform the in-store experience across its entire fleet of 1,700 company-owned stores.

In November, the company unveiled its “destination store” format, in Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn. More than about selling phones and other devices, the 9,000-sq.-ft. store is designed to help customers experience a more robust mobile life.

March 25, 2014

I recently attended the 2014 SPECS (Store Planning, Equipment, Construction Services) conference in Grapevine, Texas, and came away with some fascinating food for thought. The event, which is produced by Chain Store Age, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

February 12, 2014

Chain Store Age Editor Marianne Wilson sits down with Mark Ledbetter, SAP's global VP of retail solutions strategy, who discusses the ever-changing consumer purchasing patterns and how retailers need to break down legacy silos in order to interact with their customers as a unified brand.

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August 27, 2013

Small beginnings can lead to big things. That’s certainly true in the case of Pep Boys, which was founded in 1921 by four Navy buddies who pooled together $800 to open an auto parts store in Philadelphia. Today, with some 750 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia-based company is one of the nation’s leading auto supply and service providers.

June 27, 2013

Expansion was the talk of the aisles in the Las Vegas convention center, as the International Council of Shopping Centers hosted its annual RECon global real estate convention May 19-22.

"We never really had a downturn," said Stephen Gallant, VP facilities development with Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, in the Women's Special Interest Group presentation "Retail: The Next Wave."

"We opened an average of 50 stores a year during the recession, and are continuing to gather strength in the more recent months and years," he noted.

December 27, 2012

When it comes to mobile commerce and digital solutions, Sears Holdings has evolved into a best-in-class company, one that has truly embraced the cross-channel shopping experience. Seeking ways to make shopping more convenient for its customers, the chain was among the first to offer visibility to in-store inventory, as well as the ability to buy online and pick up in-store.

December 3, 2012

From ultra-lux boutiques to fast-fashion emporiums, New York City saw an influx of new stores this past year. Here's Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson's list of top new must-see stores in the city:

November 28, 2012

Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson talks with Michael Schulze, Senior Vice President & General Manager, North America Retail Industry, SAP America, about  the motivation behind the "Black Friday and Cyber Monday Consumer Face-Off," and the technology used to uncover its insights, in the following Q&A:

October 23, 2012

Chain Store Age is accepting nominations for its Rising Stars: 20 under 40 awards, which will recognize retailers who are making their marks in their companies and in the retail industry.

July 23, 2012

Sam Mukherjee, senior director, Fujitsu America, talks with Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson about why a social strategy is so important for retailers, offers tips for getting started and guidelines on how a retailer can differentiate themselves using a social platform.

March 14, 2012

CSA editor-in-chief Marianne Wilson and I go to great lengths to report new store openings on Chainstoreage.com. We pore through convoluted retail financial statements – sometimes twice daily – to uncover news that a chain has its sights set on even a little net new store growth for the year ahead.

January 26, 2012

Microsoft's Michael Griffiths talks with CSA's Marianne Wilson at the 2012 NRF convention.

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January 3, 2012

Due to the holiday rush, Chain Store Age extended the deadline for its 30th annual Retail Store of the Year Design Competition until Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

October 6, 2011

Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson interviewed Stacy London, fashion stylist and co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” about London’s new role with Westfield shopping centers. The two discussed how the style icon is working with Westfield to up the excitement level and fashion relevance of mall retailers.

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September 30, 2010

From its modest roots in lower Manhattan, Modell’s Sporting Goods has evolved into the...

August 31, 2010

Reducing energy use...

December 31, 2009

Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson spoke with Jensen about this rapidly evolving technology.  ...

December 7, 2008

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for entries for Chain Store Age’s annual Retail...

July 31, 2008

Increasingly, chain retailers are looking to consolidate their real estate, facilities, operations and project-management...