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?

April 30, 2015

From international brands dropping anchor on U.S. shores and online players expanding in the physical space to familiar names with new formats and traditional start-ups, there is no lack of new concepts in the brick-and-mortar arena. Here’s a look at some with the biggest buzz.

TreeHouse

April 23, 2015

Sears Holdings Corp. is hoping to spark a turnaround in its struggling Hometown and Outlet Stores division with a 51-store refresh program that starts with seven stores in Arizona.

March 31, 2015

Online fashion fave Nasty Gal has opened its second brick-and-mortar location, on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California.

March 24, 2015

Toys “R” Us’ priorities for 2015 include advancing its mobile capabilities, improving its Babies “R” Us business and reducing costs in a drive to become more efficient, company executives said Tuesday during a media presentation in New York.

March 10, 2015

New concepts remain the lifeblood of retail. Here are four currently in the works:

March 6, 2015

The store is back, baby! That was the message I heard again and again at the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Annual Convention in New York City. It was sounded by retailers, consultants and tech suppliers alike as they rushed to explain the relevance of offline retail in an omnichannel world.

March 4, 2015

Coach announced it will open its first Paris flagship, timed to coincide with the brand’s 75th anniversary.

February 12, 2015

Stitch, a new concept in clothing alterations and design services, has opened a flagship in West Hollywood, California, with plans to expand across the nation.

February 11, 2015

Whole Foods Market announced its plans for continued expansion in Western Canada with three new locations: Greater Victoria, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; and Calgary, Alberta.

February 10, 2015

The fast-growing Michael Kors has opened its largest and most comprehensive location to date, a three-story, 22,000-sq. ft. flagship in the Soho section of Manhattan.

January 23, 2015

Michael Kors is pleased to announce that it will open its largest Japanese flagship store this fall, in Tokyo’s Ginza district.

December 1, 2014

Men's Wearhouse will open the first-ever Joseph Abboud retail store in midtown Manhattan in spring 2015.

November 26, 2014

Ugg Australia, a division of Deckers Brands, has taken its omnichannel commitment to a new level with the opening of its store in Tysons Galleria, McLean, Va. The technology-driven, 2,110-sq.-ft. store features the latest in omnichannel solutions and RFID innovations that combine to make for a more seamless and connected customer experience. 

 

November 25, 2014

It’s been another big year in terms of new store openings in New York City. Here are my top 10 faves:

November 19, 2014

Cabela’s Inc. is expanding into new markets, with plans to open a store in Gainesville, Virginia, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

 

November 12, 2014

Whole Foods Market has taken the shopping experience to a new level at its new store in Apharetta, Ga.

October 8, 2014

Bloomingdale’s goes high-tech with the opening of its store in Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, California, on Oct. 10.

September 25, 2014

Woolrich, the Pennsylvania-based outerwear and lifestyle brand, has opened its first-ever freestanding store, in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.

August 27, 2014

Another digital retailer has made the leap to the physical space. Online beauty subscription company Birchbox, famous for the pink boxes packed with sample products that it sends to subscribers each month, has opened its first brick-and-mortar store, in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood.

August 22, 2014

Saks Fifth Avenue will open a three-level, 107,000-sq.-ft. store in Brickell City Centre, Miami.

August 8, 2014

Beauty retailer bareMinerals unveiled its new bareMinerals Shade Shop concept, in Manhattan’s SoHo area.

August 5, 2014

J.C. Penney Company will open its first-ever store in Brooklyn, further increasing its New York City footprint, on Aug. 29.

August 1, 2014

Sports footwear and apparel giant Puma brings its global sustainability outlet-store prototype to the Destiny USA mall in Syracuse, New York, where it has opened its first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum-certified location.