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Cabela’s expands in Canada

BY CSA STAFF

SIDNEY, Neb. — Cabela’s is opening its second store in Saskatchewan, Canada in Regina. The 50,000 sq. ft. store will join the company’s Saskatoon location in fall 2013 or spring 2014. With this new store, Cabela’s will be in four locations inCanada.

The store is expected to employ more than 125 full-time and part-time employees, most of whom will come from Regina and the surrounding area.

“Thousands of people across the region share Cabela’s passion for adventure, and outdoor recreation is a huge draw in Regina, so this is a great fit,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s CEO. “Cabela’s has a strong contingent of customers across the region and this store will allow us to better serve them. We’re excited to take the next step.”

The store will be built in Cabela’s trademark style with an exterior of log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. The interior will be designed to surround customers in the outdoor experience with wildlife memorabilia and trophy animal mounts, as well as a mountain replica featuring North American game animals re-created in their natural habitat. It also will feature a Fudge Shop, Bargain Cave and thousands of products, including hunting, fishing and camping gear, outdoor clothing, gifts and furnishings.

Cabela’s Regina store will be an anchor tenant in the Grasslands Shopping Center, which is being developed by Harvard Developments and includes Lowe’s, Walmart, Golf Town and other businesses.

Currently, Cabela’s operates 38 stores across the United States and Canada.

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Genesco Q2 profit up, raises full-year outlook

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Nashville, Tenn. — Genesco Inc.’s profit topped estimates for the eighth quarter in a row amid increased store traffic. The company raised its full-year earnings outlook for the second time this year.

Genesco, which operates stores under such banners as Journeys, Lids, Johnston & Murphy and Schuh banners, said its adjusted quarterly profit rose to $12.1 million from $5.2 million in the year-ago period.

Revenue rose 15% to $543.5 million.Same-store sales were up 4%.

Robert J. Dennis, chairman, president and CEO of Genesco, stated: "We are pleased with the strength of our second quarter performance. We generated significant operating expense leverage on solid sales growth to deliver earnings that were ahead of expectations. With August comparable sales up 9%, the third quarter is off to an encouraging start. We believe our merchandise assortment is well positioned for the remainder of back-to-school and the upcoming holiday season."

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Fresh Market gathering sales momentum

BY CSA STAFF

An 8% same store sales increase is atypical for a food retailer which is why The Fresh Market’s second quarter performance is so noteworthy.

The company’s sales for the second quarter ended July 29 increased 20.6% to $313 million and profits rose 26.9% to $13.3 million, or 28 cents a share, from $10.5 million, or 22 cents a share, the prior year. The top line growth was attributable to an 8% same store sales increase, roughly two thirds of which was due to increased customer traffic and one third the result of growth in average transaction size at the company’s typical 21,000 square foot stores.

"We are extremely pleased with our strong second quarter performance for both sales and earnings growth," said Craig Carlock, president and CEO of the 124 store Fresh Market chain. He noted the increase came despite the incremental costs associated with being a public company and a legal settlement that combined to reduce second quarter earnings per share by two cents. "We continue to be extremely enthusiastic about the consistency of our business and are therefore raising our fiscal 2012 guidance to reflect not only the strong first half performance but our continued confidence in our second half growth prospects."

Carlock said the company expects comparable sales growth to be in the range of 5.5% to 6.5% and that earnings per share would be in between $1.33 and $1.38, including the absorption of equity offering transaction expenses and incremental legal costs incurred this quarter. The company had previously indicated full year profits would range from $1.28 to $1.34.

Fresh Market is enjoying a higher level of profitability on its sales. In the second quarter, gross margins increased by 140 basis points to 34.1% as the company realized improved supply chain efficiency and a reduction in shrink.

Expenses as a percent of sales at the rapidly growing company also increased by 100 basis points to 23.7%. However, the increases were due to things such as costs related to the company’s public stock offering and the settlement of legal matters.

The company was founded in 1982, but growth has accelerated the past few years and is poised to do so in the years ahead as Fresh Market completed a public stock offering in 2011 and a secondary stock offering earlier this year. During the second quarter, the company opened five new stores and plans call for a total of 14 to 16 new stores this year.

 

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