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Clarks Cos. names team to lead retail expansion

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Newton Upper Falls, Mass. — Shoe manufacturer and retailer Clarks Cos. announced it has put a new real estate team in place to help reach its aggressive expansion goals.

According to Somerset, England-based parent C&J Clark, its retail division has opened nearly 300 company-owned, full price and outlet stores in the U.S. over the last 18 years and plans to add 30 to 50 new stores per year, with a goal of doubling its footprint over the next five years.

Bob Miller, Senior VP retail, said Brianna Kling has been promoted to director of the Northeast Region, and Jim Balducci has joined Clarks as regional director of the Western Region.

Criss Nigro, VP real estate, will lead the new team’s growth throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The company’s Canadian division has also announced that Kathy Linkletter has joined the organization as it embarks on its own development of a retail chain. Clarks Canada has developed a robust wholesale business and recently opened several franchised units in Quebec and Ontario, and plans to open corporate stores are in the works, according to the company.

Full-price Clarks shoe stores in the U.S. are 2,500 sq. ft. and outlets are 3,000 sq. ft.

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Mood meter tracks shopping sentiments

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Shopper sentiment tracker NetBase said that, since Black Friday, it has been tracking the changes in shopper moods for 10 retailers with its Holiday Shopping Mood Meter.

The company found that Kohl’s was No. 1 more often than Amazon, Walmart was the only brand with a net negative sentiment, and Old Navy broke the Top 5 only once.

Between Nov. 19 and Nov. 27, the Holiday Shopping Mood Meter analyzed the web’s big data for mentions of Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, Amazon, Old Navy, The Home Depot, Sears, Toys “R” Us, and Kohl’s, then ranked the 10 brands based on sentiment.

Following are the daily winners based on most positive shopper sentiments:

11/19-11/20: Kohl’s
11/21: Amazon
11/22 (Thanksgiving): Macy’s
11/23 (Black Friday): Home Depot and Macy’s
11/24: Kohl’s, Amazon and Best Buy made up the Top 3
11/25: Target
11/26 (Cyber Monday): Amazon, followed by Kohl’s and Best Buy
11/27: Kohl’s

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Feb-28-2013 06:48 pm

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The people from Netbase should make a home behavior plan for a better study of the changes in shopper moods. Gathering such data from 10 retailers is not a simple task, they worked hard to reveal these numbers that will help to understand better the shopping trends.

A.Marius says:
Feb-28-2013 06:48 pm

The people from Netbase should make a home behavior plan for a better study of the changes in shopper moods. Gathering such data from 10 retailers is not a simple task, they worked hard to reveal these numbers that will help to understand better the shopping trends.

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Kum & Go opens larger store in Wyoming

BY Katherine Boccaccio

West Des Moines, Iowa — C-store operator Kum & Go said Friday it has opened a new store in Gillette, Wyoming. The previous store was razed in July 2012 to make room for the all-new Kum & Go store design.

The nearly 5,000-sq.-ft. store introduces many new features both inside and outside the buildings. Inside, customers will find a larger product selection, a center checkout area with customer-focused staff, and an expanded Go Fresh Market.

Outside, a larger number of fueling positions, as well more variety in fuel offerings, give customers more choices and value at the pump.

“This store layout has been designed with our customers in mind,” said president and CEO Kyle J. Krause.

The new design also demonstrates a strong emphasis on sustainability. Kum & Go designs and constructs the stores with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification in mind, submitting each for LEED certification.

Sustainable features of the newest Kum & Go store include Solatube skylights, LED lighting both inside and outside the store, low-flow water efficient fixtures, and high energy-efficiency equipment. Each store is built using recyclable materials and locally sourced materials.

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