STORE SPACES

President George W. Bush to give opening keynote at SPECS

BY CSA STAFF

New YorkChain Store Age will celebrate its 50th annual SPECS show with a very special opening keynote: A Conversation with President George W. Bush.

The 43rd president of the United States will give the keynote at SPECS, the industry’s premier store development and facilities event, on Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, Grapevine, Texas. The full conference will run March 9 – 12, 2014.

For more information and to register for SPECS, click here.

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REAL ESTATE

Nordstrom Rack to make Philadelphia debut

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle — Nordstrom Rack will make its Philadelphia debut, opening an approximately 39,000-sq.-ft. store on Chestnut Street in fall 2014. The property is owned and managed by JEMB Realty Corp.

The new Nordstrom Rack will move into a completely renovated space that was originally home to department store Bonwit Teller and was most recently held by Daffy’s. The store will occupy the first three floors of the historic, eight-story building.

"We’re thrilled to be opening a Nordstrom Rack in this fantastic location on Chestnut Street," said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. "We intend to bring our very best — exciting fashion from brands our customers love at great prices — to make the most of this opportunity to serve customers at the heart of Center City."

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OPERATIONS

Neiman Marcus offers permanent free online shipping, returns

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas – Neiman Marcus Group is offering free standard shipping and returns for all domestic purchases made online through Neimanmarcus.com and Bergdorfgoodman.com as well as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores.

"The customer has always been at the center of the Neiman Marcus business model. Permanent free shipping and returns have been a top request and we are happy to be able to make this change just in time for the holiday shopping season." said Wanda Gierhart, chief marketing officer, Neiman Marcus Group.

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