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Gottschalks to Close Store in Seattle

BY CSA STAFF

Fresno, Calif., Gottschalks Inc. announced it will close its store in last remaining location in the Seattle metro area at the end of the month. The costs associated with the closing are estimated to be approximately $370,000 on an after-tax basis.

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American Eagle’s aerie Airs On Prime Time

BY CSA STAFF

New York City, American Eagle Outfitters and The CW Television Network announced that aerie by American Eagle will be the subject of 30-second “episodes” during two Tuesday night primetime series, “Gilmore Girls” and “Veronica Mars.” aerie is American Eagle’s new line of intimates and dormwear designed for girls 15 to 25 years of age.

The apparel retailer will produce a series of 30-second interstitial episodes in which six real-life aerie customers take inspiration from the television shows’ themes, and discuss how they relate to and impact their own lives, portraying the personal experiences, dreams and emotions of the six aerie girls throughout the season. Each week, the aerie girls will discuss “Veronica Mars” and “Gilmore Girls” plot lines and character development. Consumers will be able to visit the aerie Web site for exclusive content and activities, including weekly trivia contests in which winners receive AE shopping sprees, or even the chance to make a cameo appearance on one of the shows. The aerie segments will air between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. beginning on Oct. 3rd and running through Dec. 5th.

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Apple Updating Store Design

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San Francisco, Apple will introduce new design features at its retail stores later this month, according to a report in Wednesday’s San Francisco Business Times. The updated features drawn from Apple’s flagship on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, will be unveiled Sept. 23 at new stores in Providence, R.I., and Columbia, Md.

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