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Hhgregg plans 20 new stores in Chicago

BY CSA STAFF

Indianapolis — Electronics and appliances retailer Hhgregg said Friday it is planning to open as many as 20 new stores in the Chicago market this fall.

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the openings would make the Chicago area the largest market for the chain, with 11% of its 174 stores.

Hhgregg is leasing former Circuit City, Linens ’n Things and Wickes Furniture sites, and plans to open a DC to support the Chicagoland expansion, it said.

Executive VP and COO Gregg Throgmartin told the Tribune that the retailer is "absolutely" eyeing some of the 200 storefronts marked for closure by the bankrupt Borders Group, which would support its ultimate goal of becoming a national 600-store chain.

Hhgregg has opened 46 stores over the last year and plans to open 35 to 45 more this year.

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A.E.O. announces support of FEED Foundation

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PITTSBURGH — American Eagle Outfittersannounced a campaign in partnership with FEED Projects to launch a new line available at American Eagle Outfitters stores and online that will benefit the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. American Eagle Outfitters is now offering FEED Guatemala bags in more than 400 of its stores across the country. The bags are also available at www.ae.com. Sales of each FEED Guatemala bag will support local women artisans, while also generating funds to enable the FEED Foundation to make a donation to help UNICEF provide micronutrient supplements to young children in Guatemala.

There are two FEED Guatemala bag styles available—a wristlet (FEED Guatemala 1) for $19.50 and a large tote (FEED Guatemala 3) for $39.50. For each FEED Guatemala 1 wristlet and FEED Guatemala 3 tote purchased at American Eagle Outfitters stores in the U.S. and online, the FEED Foundation will donate $3.50 or $10.50 respectively to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, to help UNICEF provide one child or three children (respectively) in Guatemala with an entire year’s worth of micronutrient supplements.

“American Eagle Outfitters customers are extremely socially conscious and want their peers to know what they stand for,” said Marcie Eberhart, director of the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation. “The FEED Projects bags make a trend-right fashion statement and a social statement at the same time.”

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‘Krafting’ meals with new kiosks

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NORTHFIELD, Ill. — A few years after launching its iFood assistant, a tool for on-the-go users that provides recipes and entertainment tips, Kraft is taking meal planning to the next level.

Teaming up with technology innovator Intel, new Kraft Meal Planning Solutions transforms traditional self-service kiosks into a platform where consumers can obtain recipes, shopping suggestions, promotional coupons and even product samples. The kiosks reportedly also will use facial recognition to determine a consumer’s gender and will suggest dinner meal options.

Kraft and Intel said the kiosks are integrated with the Kraft iFood Assistant application for smart phones. This, the companies said, makes it easy to add recipes, shopping lists, etc., to a mobile phone in real time via a 2D barcode scanner. For retailers looking for enhanced point-of-sale integration, it also can be tied into the retailer’s POS and loyalty card program, they added.

The Kraft Meal Planning Solutions kiosks reportedly are being pilot-tested in retailers.

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