REAL ESTATE

Nordstrom Rack to open in Boise, Idaho

BY CSA STAFF

Seattle — Nordstrom announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack in Boise, Idaho.

The 37,000-sq.-ft. store will be part of the Boise Towne Plaza shopping center and is expected to open in spring 2012.

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Sunflowers Farmer Market to enter California

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Boulder, Col. — Sunflowers Farmer Market plans to open its first location in California on May 11, in Roseville, which is in the northern half of the state.

Sunflower operates 33 stores in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Texas.

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Conn’s loses $3.4 million in Q4, partly due to store closings

BY CSA STAFF

Beaumont, Texas — Conn’s said Thursday that it lost $3.4 million in its fiscal fourth quarter, reflecting charges tied to planned store closings and other items.

Conn’s, which sells consumer electronics, home appliances, furniture, mattresses and lawn and garden products, operates 76 stores in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. It plans to close five underperforming stores and let the leases expire for two additional locations.

The retailer reported a net loss of $3.4 million for the three months ended Jan. 31, compared with net income of $1.7 million in the prior-year period.

Excluding a $2.3 million charge related to planned store closings and other items, adjusted earnings were breakeven.

Revenue rose 3% to $213.4 million, from $207.3 million. Same-store sales were up 5.2%. .

In February, Conn’s president and CEO Timothy Frank stepped down to pursue other opportunities. Theodore M. Wright was named as the interim CEO and president while the company searches for a permanent replacement.

For the year, Conn’s lost $1 million, compared with net income of $3.5 million a year ago.

Annual revenue fell 10% to $790.5 million, from $874 million.

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