City Sports to relocate to bigger space in Ardmore, Pa.
Boston — City Sports plans to relocate its store in Suburban Square, Ardmore, Pa., into the space previously occupied by Talbots. The new location, at 8,000 sq. ft., will accommodate upgrades planned for a refreshed and fully integrated shopping experience, including the brand’s new women’s concept.
Planned features of the new space include a specially curated concept designed specifically for female customers that includes apparel and fit consultants. Additional features include communal access to the citysports.com Bra Finder application, and a huge selection of training pants, yoga and pilates gear.
The store will include a freestanding footwear wall and specially trained staff to offer expert, activity-specific assistance for customers. Shoppers can also use in-store iPads to access information about products and wear-test headphones, as well as lockers for participants in City Sports’ group activities, including its weekly Run Club and Boot Camp series.
Albertsons to close four stores
Boise, Idaho — Albertsons LLC plans to close four underperforming stores: one in Arizona, one in Louisiana and two in Texas.
The closings will leave Albertsons with 205 stores in the Southwest and the South.
Target to test Apple mini-stores in select locations
Minneapolis — Target Corp. confirmed Thursday that it plans to install Apple mini-boutiques in some of its stores this year. The concept will be tested in 25 locations, and feature a wider assortment of Apple products than is currently available at Target, according to Bloomberg.
In addition, the discounter is teaming up with owners of specialty shops to create limited edition merchandise that will be sold online and at its stores. Target will start featuring products from five shops starting May 6. The in-store shops will be open for six weeks and then be replaced with a group of different shops in the fall.
The initial group includes The Candy Store in San Francisco, The Privet House home accessories shop in Connecticut; The Webster House, a clothing store in Miami; Polka Dog Bakery in Boston; and The Cos Bar, a cosmetic shop in Aspen.
Target said it will continue to scout for unique shops that will co-create merchandise to be sold exclusively through Target.
The move “puts Target at the frontier of what’s next in retail," said Brian Robinson, director of fashion and design partnership at Target in a presentation in New York.