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The Clinic, Denver

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Business is booming in the fast-growing business of medical and recreational cannabis. And the shops that specialize in the trade are taking their game up more than a few notches.

In July, The Clinic which operates five locations in Colorado, two in Illinois and one in Las Vegas, opened a flagship that shows just how much the industry has evolved from the sterile, sparsely decorated storefronts of just a couple years back.

Designed by JGA, Southfield, Mich., the new, 2,120-sq.-ft. Clinic offers customers a modern retail experience, with a clean, contemporary environment that is comfortable and easy to explore and personifies the brand’s art-meets-science-meets-nature aesthetic.

Warm, natural light fills the interior. A skylight is secured with custom metal millwork designed in The Clinic’s signature molecule/honeycomb shapes.

The open layout includes a medical area and a recreational area, each with a complementary, yet distinctive feel. Custom cases and display elements create a series of guest “pods” that are arranged organically, assuring each customer a degree of privacy and personal space.

Subtle hints of the company’s branding colors are applied to everything, from the weight scale to the upholstered seating areas to the graphics, and decorative light fixtures. It’s a clean and contemporary environment, with just the right balance of tech and touch

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Dollar General to debut convenience-store format

BY Marianne Wilson

Dollar General is planning to unveil a smaller-store concept designed aroundconvenience.

The new format, reportedly to be called DGX, is due to open in early 2017, with a unit in downtown Nashville, and another in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The concept is designed to serve on-the-go urban shoppers, with such features as coffee stations and grab-and-go sandwiches, according to Nashvillepost.com.

For renderings of the planned store, click here.

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Top Retailers, Influencers Talk Innovation at X/SPECS

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Innovation is today’s buzz word. And it was all the talk at Chain Store Age’s X/SPECS 2016, as key executives from some of the nation’s leading retail and restaurant chains zeroed in on real-world strategies designed to innovate their stores and elevate their customer experiences.

The annual event, held this year at the historic Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort, St. Petersburg, Fla., October 25-27, targets retailers and suppliers involved in store planning and design, construction and facility management. The nation’s biggest retail powerhouses were in attendance, including Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, Ulta Beauty, The Home Depot, L Brands and Walgreens to name a few. They were joined by such up-and-comers as Fresh Thyme Farmers Market and Kit and Ace.

The restaurant category was represented by such fast-growing brands as Smashburger, Zoes Kitchan and Dunkin’ Brands.

Combining business and peer networking with insightful presentations on cutting-edge trends and crystal-balling by top-notch experts in their field, X/SPECS has grown into one of the industry’s most valuable and rewarding forums.

The program included four dynamic presentations that focused on how technology is transforming the in-store customer experience. J.C. Penney’s Tony Hurst, senior VP, store operations, provided an inside look at how the company is using immersive technologies to personalize and elevate its in-store experience — and gain a competitive edge.

X/SPECS also gave retailers the chance to network with suppliers in a more private fashion, in rapid-speed face-to-face “information exchanges.” Quick and to the point, the exchanges provide the perfect opportunity for business strategizing and partnering.

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