Canal Street Market set to open in Manhattan
A food hall-cum-retail bazaar called Canal Street Market is set to open at the northern edge of Chinatown in downtown Manhattan, just south of SoHo and Tribeca.
Developer Philip Chong is claiming the site will be the first combined food and retail experience in this section of New York. A food hall will feature about a dozen options, including Yori Nori, a new concept from the owners of Korila and Mokbar, plus Davey’s Ice Cream and Boba Guy.
More than 25 brand and artist booths will populate the retail section, among them Minimal HomeGoods, Virginia Sin, and Fox Fodder Farm Flowers.
“It is an experience where locals and tourists alike can find convenient, alternatives to traditional restaurants and retail,” claimed Chong.
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Target axes kids’ shopping carts
Target Corp. is putting the kibosh on what probably sounded like a good idea, but turned into what some shoppers called a nightmare.
In a pilot program that started in August, the discounter rolled out mini-shopping carts for kids in approximately 70 stores. But some kids apparently went wild with the little red carts, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported, crashing them into other shoppers, dumping merchandise into them and bruising their ankles and shins. Complaints about the kiddie carts went viral.
Target wasted little time in pulling the plug, telling the Star-Tribune it made the decision to stop the pilot “after reviewing guest and stores feedback.”
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TARGET: Selling off the kids carts
Target. As a mom of a preschool age girl, I'd like to think I'm your ideal demographic for those kid shopping carts. I would love it, if you offered those use carts as an incentive to shoppers who buy their preschooler supplies at your stores. Maybe a cartwheel-type of deal, offering to sell us a used kids shopping cart, with $50 in pull-ups or night-time-bed supplies purchase - at an amazing price of $20 (+$50 purchase). Those little metal carts are typically over $40 each, and those little plastic american-toys models are not made to survive more than 1 child's playtime. Although I do not live in the 2 states that piloted this program, our local grocery store has 1 or 2 kids carts in the store. My daughter loves using it, but I also keep her very well supervised when using it. Anyway, I am sure there are enough moms who would love to buy those off of you, and show their shopping loyalty to prove it.
Foot Locker, Manhattan
Foot Locker has totally transformed its flagship in Manhattan’s Herald Square, with in-store shops, state-of-the-art digital imagery, sleek materials and a new layout.
The 10,000-sq.-ft. store is easy to shop, thanks to a layout that merchandises most products by brand as opposed to category. Top brands have their own designated spaces, and there are also five in-store shops: House of Hoops (Foot Locker’s basketball shop); The Foundation only at Foot Locker (adidas); Puma Lab; and Six:02 (Foot Locker’s new women’s format). Each shop has its own unique look and feel.
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