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Report: Restaurant chain is latest data breach victim

BY CSA STAFF

Sonic has been targeted in a cyber-attack.

The restaurant chain, which is known for drive-up ordering kiosks and roller skating waitresses, has confirmed it has suffered a data security breach. Specifically, the incident has jeopardized the security of credit cards from up to 5 million customers, according to KrebsOnSecurity, which first broke the news.

The first hints of a breach surfaced last week, when the chain’s credit card processor notified the company about a pattern of fraudulent activity among payment cards. The breach led to a “fire sale” of millions of stolen credit- and debit-card accounts on a credit card theft bazaar called Joker’s Stash, the report said.

The investigation is still in its early stages, and Sonic is still investigating how many or which of its stores may be impacted, Christi Woodworth, VP of public relations at Sonic, told Krebs.

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Art Van rounds out Illinois Power Center

BY Al Urbanski

Art Van Furniture will take over a 34,000-sq.-ft. space vacated by H.H. Gregg at Gurnee Town Center in Illinois, according to owner Retail Properties of America, Inc. The electronics chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

Art Van will bring the center to 98% occupied, according to RPAI, joining DSW, Old Navy, Starbucks, Ross Dress for Less, Five Below, and Bath &amp Body Works at the center west of Waukegan.

One of the Midwest’s largest furniture retailers, Art Van operates more than 100 furniture showrooms and PureSleep stores in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, and Indiana.

Stacy Short, VP of leasing in RPAI’s western division, credited her company’s proactive leasing approach for being able to quickly fill the hole left by Hhgregg.

“We are thrilled to add the home furnishings category to this already great retail mix," Short said.


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Report: Department store retailer keeps holiday hiring plans under wraps

BY CSA STAFF

Don’t expect to hear specifics about Kohl’s holiday workforce any time soon.

Unlike other chains, including Target and Macy’s, that have announced their plans to hire thousands of temporary workers during the holiday season, Kohl’s is not discussing the number of seasonal hires its will make, according to CNBC.

The chain did confirm it will hire “some seasonal staff.” However, it is more focused on giving additional hours to its current workforce — a group that it has been bolstering all year, the report said.

Walmart made a similar move last week when it announced it would give extra hours — and train — existing employees for both traditional roles, including cashier and stocker, as well as newly created technology-empowered positions, such as personal shoppers and Pickup associates.

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