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Report: H&M to open 225 stores this year

BY CSA STAFF

Stockholm, Sweden H&M reported that it is on track to open 225 stores this year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The chain’s new fleet of stores supports H&M’s plan to expand its global footprint. The chain is opening five or six new locations in China this year, with the first H&M store to open in Beijing on Thursday, the article said. The new store makes H&M the first major foreign retailer to open a store in the city’s renovated Qianmen strip, an area dominated by local and state-owned enterprises.

The company will also open locations in key markets such as the Middle East and Japan. Looking ahead to 2010, the company will open its first store in South Korea.

As of February, H&M operated over 1,748 stores.

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O’Reilly introduces buy online, in-store pick up option

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. O’Reilly Auto Parts announced that it is now offering customers the option of “Buy Online, Pick Up In Store” at OReillyAuto.com.

After selecting a method of payment and completing the transaction, the customer’s local store will be notified immediately and O’Reilly professional parts people will ready the parts for in store pick up.

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Safeway debuts newest ‘green’ store

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PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway announced that it is celebrating Earth Day by previewing its newest “green” store design, deploying community clean-up teams that use the grocer’s environmentally safe line of cleaning products and distributing reusable grocery bags to decrease waste in landfills.

“We are proud of the reputation we have developed for sustainability,” said Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chief strategist. “Earth Day gives us an opportunity to demonstrate the progress we are making and preview the direction we are taking on a range of fronts, including store design and earth-friendly products, along with our already strong history of supporting communities.”

“Our new Santa Cruz store is the gold standard for sustainable supermarket design for Safeway and the entire supermarket industry,” said Renda.

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