Report: Gottschalks to Open Smaller Stores
Fresno, Calif. In response to declining revenue and profits, and to woo shoppers who have been lured away by discount stores, Gottschalks is launching a smaller-store strategy, according to an article in The Fresno Bee.
“In some ways, it’s a re-engineering of the store,” Jim Famalette, Gottschalks’ CEO and board chairman, said in the article. The new stores will focus on the retailer’s top categories, including cosmetics, shoes and women’s apparel, for example. These scaled-down locations will be rolled out to new regions where customers can’t necessarily find those products.
The first store, located in Elk Grove, Calif., has produced strong sales since its November opening. Gottschalks’ next new smaller store will open in Bend, Ore.
Other chains, such as department store chain J.C. Penney and electronics retailer Circuit City, are also riding this downsizing trend. The move is helping these chains adapt to their own declining mall traffic, as their shoppers also shift to discounters like Wal-Mart and Target.
Sharper Image offers gift card redemption
SAN FRANCISCO Sharper Image said that it will providing all gift card, reward card, gift certificate and merchandise certificate holders with full refunds as follows after Bankruptcy Court approval. In order to redeem the card value, however, the customers must redeem it in full in one transaction and purchase an item that costs double the value of the gift certificate or merchandise certificate.
Sharper Image added that customers do not have to redeem their cards at this time, and said it is working hard to be able to honor the cards without condition in the future.
This updated policy will apply to all gift cards, reward cards, gift certificates and merchandise certificates issued prior to the company’s petition for protection under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code (Feb. 19).
“We have worked very hard to address the concerns of our customers, and to dispel rumors in the media that Sharper Image’s gift cards are worthless. That is simply not true,” said Robert Conway, ceo of The Sharper Image.
In related news, PurePro, an air purification company said it will honor Sharper Image gift cards by offering $50.00 towards the purchase of the PurePro Professional air purifier for each Sharper Image gift card of any denomination. Only one gift card will be honored per order.
A&P, C&S form distribution agreement
MONTVALE, N.J. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. and C&S Wholesale Grocers have signed a new ten-year agreement to combine their separate A&P and Pathmark supply agreements into one partnership. Under this new partnership, the two companies will combine their supply and distribution services into one network.
The two companies said they expect this new alliance to lead to one of the lowest cost distribution systems in the Northeast grocery industry. The added that the agreement will enable both A&P and C&S to implement warehouse efficiency controls to reduce costs and improve store service.
Eric Claus, President & CEO, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., stated, “We are extremely pleased to arrive at this ground-breaking agreement. Our partnering with C&S and its high tech infrastructure combined with our new agreement creates the value that is only derived from a ‘big business model’. This leading-edge agreement will provide cost savings and efficiencies in warehousing while benefiting all parties including, most importantly, our customers.”