Filene’s Basement Opens Second Store in Baltimore Market
Baltimore, Filene’s Basement is opening a second Baltimore-area store in Hunt Valley, Md. The new store will occupy a 31,000-sq.-ft. space above DSW. The company’s Towson, Md., store, which opened in early 2004, was its first in the Baltimore market.
The Hurricane Store Launches E-Commerce Site
Davie, Fla., The Hurricane Store has launched an e-commerce boutique for the height of the season that specializes in products specifically chosen for hurricane preparedness. The disaster-relief retailer carries products such as Aquablox water boxes with a five-year shelf life, and HeaterMeals, a military self-heating technology for hot entrees (like lasagna or beef with mashed potatoes) that have up to a two-year shelf life without refrigeration.
The Hurricane Store is the first on-line retailer to offer the SaverKit 72, which is designed to provide the fundamental preparedness needs for 72 hours as specified by the Department of Homeland Security.
The on-line store can be found at www.thehurricanestore.com.
Williams-Sonoma Reports 2Q Profit Up 15%
New York City, Williams-Sonoma Inc. reported that its profit in the second quarter rose 15%, but the company lowered its full-year guidance due in part to weakness at its largest brand, Pottery Barn. Williams-Sonoma Inc. reported an income for the quarter ended July 30 of $35.6 million, up from $30.8 million for the same quarter last year. Comp-store sales rose 1.2%, driven especially by strength at the Pottery Barn Kids stores, while total revenue was up 6.4% to $825.5 million from $776.2 million.