PBteen to open first-ever pop-up
San Francisco — Willams-Sonoma’s PBteen brand will open its first-ever pop-up store in Natick Mall, Natick, Mass., Nov. 4.
The 1,800-sq.-ft. store will be organized into lifestyle vignettes – electronics, games, gear, beauty, sleepovers, gift ideas for graduation, birthday, and holidays, and bedding to make a room hip and fun. The space is centered around the PBteen Design Lab, four computer terminals where shoppers can create a dream room by selecting and placing PBteen furniture and accessories in their virtual room, then see it come to life on one of the 60-inch TV wall monitors.
“We love the idea of connecting with our customers in a pop-up environment because teens can interact with the products and gifts to see in person how unique, comfortable, and cool they are. The pop-up store will also create excitement and energy because it’s there for a limited time only. We wanted to bring that experience to customers for the holidays,” said Janet Hayes, president of PBteen and Pottery Barn Kids.
Kirkland’s Q3 same-store sales fall
Nashville, Tenn. — Kirkland’s Inc. raised its third-quarter earnings outlook Thursday after total revenue rose because of store expansion.
Total revenue rose 4.7% to $97.1 million in the August-to-October period. Same-store sales fell 3.6%.
The home-decor store said it now expects earnings of 3 cents to 5 cents per share, up from its previous prediction of a quarterly loss.
The improvement comes despite a decline in revenue at stores open at least a year. That figure fell 3.6% in the third quarter. Revenue at stores open at least a year is a key measure of a retailer’s performance, because it excludes the impact of recently opened or closed stores.
Homeless man charged with murder in attack in Walmart
New York City — A homeless man was charged with murder Thursday for a baseball bat attack on a 74-year-old Lakewood man in a Southern California Walmart, the Associated Press said.
Richard Lawrence Kalfin was charged with murder with a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon. He faces 57 years to life in prison if convicted and remained jailed on more than $1 million bail.
Investigators say Kalfin grabbed an aluminum bat in the Walmart store in Lakewood and bludgeoned David Oakleaf during an apparently random attack Tuesday.
The store’s security video shows that the attacker was in the store and had been wandering the aisles before Oakleaf entered, police said.
At some point, Kalfin took the bat from a sporting goods display and was walking along the aisles when he saw Oakleaf and attacked without warning, authorities said.
Oakleaf was repeatedly struck in the head and died at the store. It is not known at this time if Oakleaf and his attacker had ever met.
Kalfin, who has a 2005 conviction for arson, was arrested outside the store.