REAL ESTATE

Dick’s to unveil remodeled store in Cary, N.C.

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Pittsburgh — Dick’s Sporting Goods will open its newly renovated store in Cary, N.C., on Sept. 29, featuring 56,000 sq. ft. of specialized services and experiential elements such as a golf simulator, club fitting center, putting green, archery lane with an on-site bow technician, and bike safety inspections, custom fittings, tune-ups and assembly.

"We’re pleased to be opening an expanded and enhanced Dick’s Sporting Goods in Cary, which will enable us to better serve the needs of athletes in the community," said Lauren Hobart, senior VP and chief marketing officer, Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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Kmart launches fundraiser for childhood cancer research

BY CSA STAFF

Kmart announced the start of its 2013 St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, which incentivizes Shop Your Way members to make donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for childhood cancer in exchange for reward points.

Members of the Shop Your Way loyalty program who donate between now and Dec. 28 will receive a coupon for 5% of the price back in points that they can use toward their next purchase. The offer lasts through Jan. 31, 2014.

"Our holiday season at Kmart would not be the same without St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and we’re happy to recognize the generosity of our Shop Your Way members this year," Kmart VP retail services Clay Wahl said. "We’re always humbled by the outpouring of support from our members and associates and hope to raise even more money this year to help more families have a healthy and happy holiday."

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20+ Sears Hometown stores debut kitchen remodeling services

BY Staff Writer

Delran, N.J. — More than 20 Sears Home Appliance Showroom and Sears Appliance & Hardware stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware have unveiled kitchen remodeling services from Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen and bath remodeling franchise.

The stores feature an interactive Kitchen Tune-Up kiosk, where customers can learn about options to update their kitchens, view cabinet door samples and use an iPad to see project ideas and book appointments.

These new kiosks are the first to open from a partnership formed earlier in 2013 between Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores and Kitchen Tune-Up. The partnership allows franchisees and dealers that operate Sears Home Appliance Showroom and Sears Appliance & Hardware stores to purchase a Kitchen Tune-Up franchise at a reduced investment and place a kiosk within their existing stores.

The first franchise group to take advantage of the partnership is Prayosha Holdings, which owns and operates the first 23 locations in the program.

“Customers are always coming into our stores looking for new appliances as a simple way to update their kitchens,” said the company’s director of operations, Joe Coyle. “Therefore, we knew that adding a Kitchen Tune-Up kiosk inside our locations would be a cost-effective way for us to provide them an avenue to take their refresher a step further without making it an intimidating, costly project.”

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