Giant Opens High-Tech Supermarket
Carlisle, Pa., When the first-ever Giant Super Food Store opens the doors to its 91,000-sq.-ft. location in Camp Hill, Pa., on Oct. 12, it will showcase the latest in shopping technologies, such as EasyShop hand-held devices, EasyScan self-checkouts, EasyWeigh scales and even a WiFi coffee shop.
“We have outfitted the new Giant Super Food Store with solutions that provide convenience to customers’ current shopping routines,” said Nick Montepara, VP of retail operations. “Customers who might not be technically inclined will find the new offerings easy to use, making shopping faster, easier, and even more convenient than ever before. The bottom line is this technology will enhance our quality customer service.”
Giant Food Stores currently runs 101 stores as Giant Food Stores, 146 stores as Tops Markets and 21 stores as Martin’s Food Markets. A Giant spokesperson said the company views the new Giant Super Food Store as a test.
Wal-Mart Unveils Urban Clothing Line
New York City, Wal-Mart will introduce its new Metro 7 urban clothing line for women in 500 stores this week. Metro 7 line represents the retail giant’s effort to boost their clothing department sales.
After conducting 6,000 interviews of its shoppers, Wal-Mart determined that their apparel did not appeal to the modern woman. “We found that she has an urban sensibility, she’s very fashionable, very style conscious, and we didn’t have the apparel that met her needs,” chief marketing officer John Fleming said.
Wal-Mart hopes to extend its Metro 7 line to 1,000 stores by springtime.
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Big Lots to Close 126 Stores
Columbus, Ohio, Retailer Big Lots announced late yesterday that it will close 85 close-out merchandise stores and 41 furniture stores; this latest announcement comes after Big Lots had already made public plans to close 40 stores this year.
The company will spend up to $28 million to mark down merchandise in an attempt to reduce inventory.
Big Lots has also announced plans to open fewer stores than originally slated for the rest of 2005 and said net new store growth in 2006 should be minimal.
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