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Fashion’s Night Out countdown begins; Target set to unveil Missoni pop-up

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — The third annual Fashion’s Night Out — created by Vogue editor Anna Wintour — is set to kick off on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. Although the shopping extravaganza has spread to more than 100 U.S. cities as well as select cities abroad, its nexus remains in New York City. More than 1,000 Big Apple merchants and designers are participating in the event, which is the kickoff to the city’s Fashion Week industry gathering.

Big Apple retailers of all sizes are enticing shoppers with special promotions, giveaways, makeovers and designer and celebrity appearances. But the retailer attracting the most attention is Target, which is due to open its hotly-awaited Missoni for Target pop-up store on Thursday. The exclusive Missoni collection, which features 400 pieces, will debut in Target stores on Sept. 13, and be available through Oct. 22. It is the retailer’s largest limited-time designed collection to date.

The Manhattan pop-up is part of the chain’s elaborate Missoni marketing campaign, which also features a 25-ft. tall, doll/mannequin called “Little Marina” dressed in Missoni for Target threads and holding a giant smartphone. The doll, which started blogging a few weeks ago, is scheduled to make appearances all over the city during Fashion Week, and will be tweeting her location as she moves around venues (@MarinaWithStyle). Consumers can also text her at +1-917-409-7437. Rumor has it she will text right back.

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Conn’s swings to Q2 loss on charges

BY Staff Writer

Beaumont, Texas — Conn’s said Wednesday it lost $3.4 million in the second quarter, compared to net income of $1.6 million the year before. The company said that the loss was due to one-time charges, which included $3.7 million for closing three stores and $11.1 million for repaying a loan earlier than expected. Without those items, the company would have earned $5.5 million.

Revenue fell 13% to $184.4 million on declining sales of TVs and computers.

Conn’s caters to lower-income consumers, with rent-to-own programs and in-store financing. The company said it could still close more stores in the near future. The recently-shuttered stores were in areas where the average household income was nearly $100,000 per year, while and Conn’s targets households that make less than $50,000.

As part of its plans for returning to profitability, Conn’s said it expects to open five to seven locations in new markets in 2012. It is devoting more floor space to better-selling — and higher-margin — furniture and mattresses.

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Hannibal Regional Medical Group to open first in-store clinic at Walmart

BY CSA STAFF

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal Regional Medical Group has announced that on Sept. 13 it will open its first “The Clinic at Walmart” inside a Walmart in Hannibal, Mo.

“By partnering with Walmart to operate a clinic within their store, Hannibal Regional Medical Group is improving access to health care in our community,” stated Tim Polley, director of business development. “Our clinic is staffed on nights and weekends, so families can walk in and know they will receive quality care without a long wait. Our mission is to serve the health interests of this community, and the clinic is one more way we fulfill our mission.”

"Walmart is dedicated to serving our customers and our communities, and this type of clinic helps expand their access to quality health care,” added Bruce Shepard, Walmart’s director of healthcare innovations. “Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a well-known and respected healthcare provider in this area, so our customers will receive quality care from people they know and trust.”

With the opening of this clinic, there will be 130 in-store clinics in Walmart stores across 30 states.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group, a subsidiary of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, is a multispecialty physician group.

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