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Chain Store Age conducts digital media survey

BY Staff Writer

New York CityChain Store Age is conducting a brief survey designed to take retailers’ “new” media temperature. Together with shopping center owner Forest City Enterprises and research firm Alexander Babbage, Chain Store Age is surveying our retail readership to find out what retailers nationwide are doing in terms of social, mobile and other digital media initiatives.

Watch for surveys to be emailed on Tuesday, July 26, or you can take the survey here. Deadline for completion is Aug. 8, and results will be published in the October issue of Chain Store Age.

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Casual Male opens Destination XL in Phoenix, on track to open 100 new stores

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Canton, Mass. — Casual Male Retail Group said Monday it has opened a new, 12,663-sq.-ft. Destination XL in Phoenix, which joins five locations in Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Nevada and Tennessee.

The company said it plans to open up to 13 DXL stores during the balance of 2011, another 20-30 stores during 2012 and approximately 100 stores over a four to five year period.

Casual Male also said it is preparing to launch a DXL website, with a multi-channel solution similar to the DXL store experience.

"DXL is an emerging and innovative retail solution that is attuned to our customers’ needs and we are excited to open our first store in Phoenix," said David Levin, president and CEO of CMRG. "We are confident that our success in our five existing locations will be replicated here in Phoenix."

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Walmart breaks ground on new supercenter

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Chicago — Wal-Mart Stores said Monday it has launched site work for a new store in Chatham, Ill. The new superstore is expected to create 400 new jobs and open in spring 2012.

According to Wal-Mart, it is one of nine new locations now planned in the Chicagoland area and is part of the retailer’s previously announced "Chicago Community Investment Partnership," a five-year plan to open several dozen stores, create approximately 10,000 jobs and 2,000 unionized construction jobs, generate more than $500 million in sales and property taxes and develop charitable partnerships worth $20 million.

Construction of the Chatham Walmart is managed via a joint venture between Powers & Sons and UJAMAA Construction.

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