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Century 21 making a lasting impression on New York

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Shoppers who love a good deal on designer duds have a new reason to shop Century 21 in New York City.

The retailer has partnered once again with famous street artist Mr. Brainwash on a second mural honoring the city and the attacks of Sept. 11. His second interpretation of the events that changed the city and the nation forever are located on a 65-square-foot by 225-square-foot wall of the storefront on Church Street, depicting painted images of iconic NYC sights and sceneries.

"This isn't just about New York; when 9/11 happened the whole world was watching. We wanted to do something that is a representation of the city's resilience and diverse beauty, of the strength of the community – that shows we won't forget and remind us to give love on this day and every day," said Mr. Brainwash.

Coming to organic fruition through his friendship with Century 21 Department Store co-owner Isaac Gindi, this mural is meant to acknowledge the strength of the city and the downtown district where Century 21 Department Store's flagship store has been since 1961.

"We're so honored to be collaborating again with Mr. Brainwash; his piece represents the vibrancy of New York City and the power of the Downtown community. It's an honor to be headquartered in one of the city's most thriving areas and pay tribute to the beauty of New York City and all Americans as we remember 9/11," stated Isaac Gindi, Co-Owner and Executive Vice President.

Century 21 is headquartered in Downtown Manhattan, with four other locations in New York including Lincoln Square, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and three additional locations in New Jersey including Paramus, Morristown and Elizabeth as well as online at C21Stores.com. In October 2014, Century 21 Department Store opened its first store outside of the New York Metro, in Philadelphia.

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Team Depot mobilizes for military veterans

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The Home Depot's Team Depot is taking on the home lives of U.S. military veterans and their families through a two-month-long campaign called Celebration of Service.

Now in its fifth year, the campaign aims to help aging and disabled veterans modify their homes for optimal safety and comfort.

Celebration of Service will kick off with 1,000 Team Depot volunteers touching down in more than 30 cities, including Anchorage, Atlanta, Dallas, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Staten Island.

"Safety and accessibility challenges can make it difficult for seniors and people living with disabilities to move around their homes," said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president of The Home Depot. "During Celebration of Service, our associates will roll up their sleeves to restore veterans' independence – something they very much deserve after the service they have provided to our country."

The event runs Sept. 10 through Sept. 13 and will benefit more than 100 veterans.

The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $105 million in veteran-related causes since 2011.

"The Home Depot is a tremendous partner in creating housing solutions for disabled American Veterans of all generations," said Dale Beatty, retired Staff Sergeant, Purple Heart recipient and co-founder of Purple Heart Homes. "As a combat-wounded Veteran myself, I can attest to the impact that regaining independence can have on a person. It restores your dignity and spirit. Team Depot's passion for serving veterans gives us confidence that we truly can help to restore independence for Veterans nationwide."

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Say hello to no-money-down leasing at Kmart

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With its same store sales ever on the decline, Kmart is making it even easier for shoppers to afford gifts this holiday season by introducing a new kind of layaway plan.

The retailer announced that No Money Down Layaway is returning for its second year, and for the first time ever, Kmart is introducing No Money Down Leasing.

The National Retail Federation found that more than 40% of Americans begin shopping for the holidays prior to October and of those, 60% shop early in order to spread their budgets.

"Yes, it's ridiculously early to talk about the holidays – and we're having fun with that fact in our new ad campaign, aptly titled 'Ridiculous' – but we know savvy Kmart shoppers are already making their Christmas lists, managing their budgets and looking for awesome options like No Money Down Layaway and Leasing to make it easier," said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. "We know it's crazy to think snow, Santa and sleigh bells when there's still a sliver of summer fun to be had, but we're helping our members get a step ahead of the busy holiday season."

Both programs are available now through Sunday, Nov. 29 so that Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday shoppers can even take advantage of these payment options.

"Kmart and Sears are the only general merchandise retailers wherelayaway is available nationwide, both online and in-store with no minimum purchase, year-round," said Jai Holtz, vice president and general manager financial services, Sears Holdings. "Plus, we let our members put items from the categories they care about most on layaway – this includes toys and apparel. We work hard to make it ridiculously easy for our members to plan, shop and save at Kmart."

Here's a breakdown of the two programs:

Layaway: Shoppers can place in-demand items across dozens of categories on layaway including toys, home products, apparel and electronics, with no down payment for in-store contracts and only one penny down for online contracts. Shop Your Way members earn points on layaway purchases, and membership is easy and free. Gift-givers can stay organized by opting to receive payment reminder alerts via text.

Leasing: During the promotion, shoppers can choose an item that meets the minimum purchase requirement and no initial payment is needed in store. Participating categories for leasing include toys, home electronics and entertainment, appliances, household goods and furniture, sporting goods, lawn and garden, and outdoor living. With No Money Down Leasing, the gifts everyone will be clamoring for can be picked up and taken home now with zero stress, hassle or money down.

For more information about the programs, click here and here.

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