OPERATIONS

Macy’s stores to open midnight on Black Friday

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — For the second year in a row, Macy’s stores nationwide will open at midnight on Black Friday, Friday, Nov. 23.

A new Black Friday feature on Macy’s mobile app will help customers browse and shop for specials specific to their local store.

“Black Friday is a day dedicated to finding the best deals,” said Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer. “For the first time last year, Macy’s stores nationwide opened at midnight and our customers loved getting a head start on their holiday shopping. Based on their enthusiastic response, we plan to repeat it again this year.”

Beginning Nov. 15, Macy’s customers will be able to view Black Friday specials on their mobile device, create personal shopping lists they can edit and share with friends, and receive push notifications that will offer details on previously unadvertised specials.

In addition, the new Black Friday feature on Macy’s mobile app will allow customers to browse Black Friday specials specific to each Macy’s, helping them navigate their local store by sending the department name and floor for each special by store location.

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Ralph Lauren pulling plug on Rugby

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Ralph Lauren Corp. is shuttering its Rugby division, Crain’s New York reported.

The preppy-inspired Rugby brand, targeted at a young audience, was launched in 2004. It has 14 locations.

“We continue to believe that we can service the millennium Rugby customer with brands such as Denim & Supply and Club Monaco,” said Roger Farah, president and COO, on the company’s recent earnings call.

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Kum & Go to invest $90 million in building 20-25 eco-friendly stores

BY Marianne Wilson

West Des Moines, Iowa — Kum & Go has announced plans to invest $90 million in building a total of 20-25 new stores in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region of the Centennial State within the next five years.

Kum & Go, the fifth largest privately held company-operated convenience store chain in the United States, is marking the grand opening of its first three stores in Colorado Springs this week.

In addition to these stores, Kum & Go expects to open five more stores in and around the Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak region this year.

Kum & Go is the only convenience store chain participating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Volume Program. The company has opened 39 stores using its new building design, which includes numerous environmentally friendly features such as sustainable materials, reflective concrete, a reflective roof, LED lighting, water-saving fixtures and high-efficiency equipment. Of the stores using the new eco-friendly design, five are officially LEED-certified. And, since 2011, every new store has been submitted for certification.

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