Loblaw testing small-store format
New York — Loblaw Cos., Canada’s largest grocer, is testing a small-store discount under the Box by No Frills banner.
The company debuted the concept in Calgary, in a 10,000-sq.-ft. store. The store everyday low price" on groceries and other merchandise, Sarah Davis, Loblaw’s CFO said in a conference call Wednesday, The Canadian Press reported.
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Staples introduces omni-channel stores
Framingham, Mass. — Staples has launched an "omni-channel" retail concept, opening a location in Norwood, Mass., and Dover, Del. The new format incorporate Staples online and mobile assets into the retail experience.
The stores feature kiosks that provide customers access to more than 100,000 items. Customers can pay for transactions either at the kiosk or register. Other features include a business lounge with meeting space and mobile workstations, in-store pickup of online purchases, technical and copying/printing consultation and services, and an ink and toner finder.
“We listened to our customers and provided the products, services and features they need to succeed,” said Demos Parneros, president North America stores and online. “Our stores make efficient use of space while offering more products and services than ever through our mobile and online features. We also know that shopping is an occasion and we’ve created a fun experience for our customers. We’re very proud of our omni-channel stores and this is just the beginning as we’ll continue to evolve our network.”
Elliman retail team to lease nine Harlem buildings
New York — Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group has won exclusive rights to lease a 25,000-sq.-ft., nine-building portfolio in Harlem.
Five of the buildings are on a central transverse at 135th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Boulevards, one is on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and three are on the revitalized Frederick Douglass Blvd. Store sizes range from 500 to 5,000 sq. ft.
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