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A&P taps Agilence to drive lower shrink across stores

BY Marianne Wilson

Mount Laurel, N.J. — Agilence, a provider of cloud-based exception reporting solutions, announced that the Great Atlantic & Pacific Company has selected Agilence’s Retail 20/20 to enhance its chain-wide effort to reduce shrink and fraud.

"We needed a flexible reporting tool that made it easier to analyze all of our data in one place, and one that was also available as a subscription," said Jim D’Arcy, VP, loss prevention & food safety, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which operates more than 300 stores in the Northeast under the A&P, Food Basics, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Superfresh, and Waldbaum’s banners. "After evaluating all available solutions we chose Retail 20/20 because of its scalability and flexibility. The product will allow us to analyze the enterprise as a whole and also allow individual brand analysis which is critical due to the different go to market strategies each brand implements."

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Leslie’s Poolmart opening three stores on May 9; will open 45 in total in 2014

BY Marianne Wilson

Phoenix — Leslie’s Poolmart announced plans to grand open three retail locations on May 9. The stores are located in: Los Banos, California; Utica, Michigan; and Jackson, Tennessee.

In total, Leslie’s plans to open 45 new stores this year, between April and May. With these new stores, Leslie’s will bring its total store count to more than 850 stores nationwide.

"Our team at Leslie’s is thrilled to grand open 45 store locations this year. Leslie’s continued growth allows us to be even more convenient and accessible to pool owners across the country," stated Larry Hayward, CEO, Leslie’s Poolmart.

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Destination Maternity opens 46 in-store shops in Mexico

BY Marianne Wilson

Philadelphia — Destination Maternity Corp. announced the start of its planned expansion into Mexico with the opening of 46 Destination Maternity branded shop-in-shops through a previously announced international franchise agreement with El Puerto de Liverpool, S.A.B. de C.V., the largest department store operator in Mexico.

These shop-in-shops are located within El Puerto de Liverpool’s Liverpool and Fabricas de Francia branded department stores across Mexico’s major cities, including Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Queretaro, Veracruz and Villahermosa. Each approximately 800-sq.-ft. shop-in-shop carries Destination Maternity’s Motherhood Maternity branded maternity apparel, with select locations also carrying the Company’s A Pea in the Pod branded maternity apparel.

The company expects that Destination Maternity branded shop-in-shops will open in approximately 53 more El Puerto de Liverpool department stores over the next 12 months, bringing the total Destination Maternity branded shop-in-shops in Mexico to approximately 99.

In addition, the Company expects that the first freestanding Destination Maternity store in Mexico will open in early summer 2014. Located in Interlomas Mall in Mexico City, this 2,600-sq.-ft. space will contain both Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod branded maternity apparel, and offer the complete Destination Maternity experience, including nursing apparel and accessories.

"We are very excited about our relationship with El Puerto de Liverpool and are very pleased with the quick pace of the rollout of the Destination Maternity, Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod brands in Mexico," said Ed Krell, CEO, Destination Maternity. "We look forward to continuing our rollout in Mexico, both through shop-in-shops and freestanding stores, through this important franchise relationship."

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