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QVC plans France expansion

BY Dan Berthiaume

West Chester, Pa. – QVC Inc. plans to expand its European presence into France. With the launch of the new service scheduled for the second quarter of 2015, QVC will expand its e-commerce business to seven operations reaching nine countries.

QVC is working closely with Invest in France Agency, the national agency responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in France, and regional organization, the Paris Region Economic Development Agency (PREDA), to prepare its entry into the French marketplace. QVC will offer an immersive digital shopping experience, with integration across ecommerce, TV, mobile and social platforms.

"As the second largest economy in the European Union, with a robust ecommerce sector and solid digital infrastructure, France offers a strong opportunity for QVC," said Mike George, president and CEO of QVC Inc. "Over 27 years, QVC has become the world’s largest video and ecommerce retailer, changing the way the world shops by reimagining shopping, entertainment and social as one. We believe this, in addition to QVC’s stellar customer service, will hold great appeal for French shoppers."

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Webinar: Preventing Moisture-Related Flooring Failures

BY CSA STAFF

New YorkChain Store Age and IFTI will present a free webinar on moisture-related flooring problems on Thursday, April 24, at 2 p.m. ET. Industry expert Lee Eliseian will share insights on the critical role concrete-slab moisture testing plays in preventing flooring failures and offer tips on how to avoid the financial impact and headache of such failures.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Tesco to debut F&F apparel format in U.S., with seven stores by year-end

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Tesco Plc plans to bring its value-priced F&F clothing format to the United States, opening seven stores on the East Coast this year with its U.S. franchise partner, Retail Group of America. The move comes some six months after Tesco sold off its struggling American supermarket operation, Fresh & Easy, to Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa investment company.

The new stores will feature women’s, men’s and kid’s clothing, with the first location expected to open in May, in the Boston area. It will be followed by four stores in shopping malls in New York, along with stores in Philadelphia and Newport, Va. (See end of story for a list of announced locations to date.)

Tesco launched F&F in 2001. It now operates in 21 countries.

“We’re delighted to be bringing F&F’s range of affordable fashion to customers in the USA this year, including four stores in one of the world’s fashion and shopping capitals, New York,” said Jason Tarry, CEO of F&F. “We’ve had a really positive response from customers in all of our overseas markets so we’re hoping our American stores prove to be just as popular. F&F is fast becoming a true global brand.”

F&F will be opening franchise stores in the following locations in the United States:

• Springfield Holyoke Mall, Maryland
• New York Palisades Centre, New York
• Newport News Patrick Henry Mall, Virginia
• New York Trumbull Mall, New York
• Exton Mall, Pennsylvania
• New York Sunrise Mall, New York
• New York South Shore Mall, New York

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