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Forth & Towne to Debut in West Nyack, N.Y.

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San Francisco, Gap Inc. will debut its new apparel concept, Forth & Towne, on Wednesday, in the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, N.Y. An additional four Forth & Towne stores will open in the Chicago area on Aug. 31. The new brand is targeted to women 35 and older.

“Forth & Towne will provide everything in one intimate space: from great style and dependable fit, to a beautiful setting and exceptional service,” said Gary Muto, president, Forth & Towne.

In a departure from Gap’s standard one-brand format, the new concept offers four, exclusive clothing collections tailored to a range of lifestyles and tastes. The four brands are Vocabulary, Allegory, Prize and Gap Edition.

The collections, displayed in in-store shops, are designed to encourage wardrobing, including between the various brands. The company promises consistent sizing across all four collections. Merchandise is priced between Banana Republic and Gap.

The centerpiece of each store will be a large circular dressing area, called the “fitting salon.” In the prototype West Nyack store, the area houses 12 fitting rooms, each with three-way mirrors and personally adjustable lighting.

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Wal-Mart Turns to Staten Island

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New York City, After an unsuccessful first attempt at opening a store in New York City, Wal-Mart is hoping to build a store on Staten Island. In the past month, Wal-Mart has been putting ads in 70 community newspapers and using radio spots to win over New Yorkers on the idea. The giant retailer, however, has come across the not-in-my-backyard problem due to concerns about traffic and pollution.

According to government officials and developers, the store on Staten Island would be at the former Lucent Technologies factory site in Richmond Valley. Wal-Mart officials said the company wants a store in the nation’s largest city to add to its 3,762 stores nationwide. It hopes the ads will help its endeavor and that Wal-Mart soon will be available in one of the five boroughs.

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On-line Shopping Sees Largest Rise in Three Years

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Washington, D.C., The Commerce Department said on-line retail sales rose 7.2% for the second quarter of 2005, marking the largest rise in three years. From April to June, sales made over the Internet, via e-mail or through other electronic networks were $21.15 billion. E-commerce sales made up 2.2% of total sales, matching the record high of the previous quarter. Total retail sales for the second quarter rose 2.6% to $940.75 billion.

The increase in on-line sales can be attributed to Americans’ growing trust of the Internet with regard to sharing information and also to retailers’ Internet-only deals and shipping discounts.

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