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Polaroid launches retail concept; 10 stores planned by yearend

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Polaroid has thrown its hat in the retail ring, opening its first-ever retail store, in Delray Beach, Fla. Nine additional locations in select U.S. cities are scheduled to open by the end of the year. For photos click here.

Called Polaroid Fotobar, the sleek-looking 2,000-sq.-ft. store lets customers upload digital images from apps on their smartphone and tablet devices to bar-top-styled workstations, where they can be enhanced and then printed out on a wide variety of materials and framed. For more information, click here.

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Leslie’s Swimming Pool to open 48 stores this spring

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Phoenix — Leslie’s Poolmart said Monday it will grand-open 15 Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies stores across 10 states on April 5, as part of the company’s plan to open 48 new stores this spring.

The new stores opening on April 5 include: Tucson, Ariz.; Pleasanton, Calif.; Rohnert Park, Calif.; Cockeysville, Md.; Gastonia, N.C.; Las Vegas; New Hyde Park, N.Y.; West Chester, Ohio; Spartanburg, S.C.; Harlingen, Texas; Lake Jackson, Texas; Sherman, Texas; Wylie, Texas; Manassas, Va.; and Virginia Beach.

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Aaron’s plans 125 stores and 750 retail jobs for 2013

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Atlanta — Rental chain Aaron’s announced at its 2013 National Managers Meeting in Nashville that the company plans to open 125 stores in 2013 and hire 750 new employees.

Aarons added 950 new jobs across the U.S. and Canada last year.

“Aaron’s has experienced consistent growth, with 2012 delivering financial results that were the best in the company’s history," said Ronald Allen, chairman, president and CEO, Aaron’s. "We plan to continue new store openings in 2013 across the United States and Canada, which in turn creates jobs."

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