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Ross plans midwestern growth push

BY Katherine Boccaccio

St. Louis — A Ross Dress for Less executive suggested that the midwestern United States offers significant growth potential for the discounter. In an interview on the St. Louis Today website, reported Monday, the company’s VP for the midwest region Fred Shuey said that Ross’s two just-opened St. Louis stores will be joined by more.

“This is two of many,” Shuey said at a breakfast, referring to the retailer’s St. Louis debut with openings in two former Linens ‘N Things locations in Chesterfield and Fairview Heights on Friday.

The midwestern push had already begun with a 12-store opening in Chicago last fall. “When you look at a map, we’re in the form a smiley face – from Seattle to Princeton, N.J.,” Shuey said. “Now we’re going to fill in the rest of that smiley face.”

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Dick’s announces three new stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Pittsburgh — Dick’s Sporting Goods said Monday that it will open three new stores in three states on March 7.

A new store in St. George, Utah, will open simultaneously with new locations in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Boardman, Ohio. Giveaways and special events will accompany each opening.

The St. George, Utah, store, the retailer’s third in the state, is located at Red Rock Commons shopping center. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., store joins 17 other Dick’s stores in the state and will be located at the Regions Bank Plaza.

The Boardman, Ohio, store is a relocation from an original space on Doral Drive to a new site at Applewood Commons. Enhancements to the new location, which will have more than 50,000 sq. ft. of space, will include additional specialized services and hands-on customer experiences throughout the Bike, Lodge and Golf departments.

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Stein Mart to debut three new stores on March 15

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Jacksonville, Fla. — Stein Mart said Monday it will open three new stores on March 15, located in Irvine, Calif.; Suwanee, Ga.; and Sunset Hills, Mo.

The Irvine store is a relocation of another Irvine location. The two new and one relocated store bring Stein Mart’s total store count to 264.

“We are pleased to announce the expansion of our footprint in these three existing markets,” said Jay Stein, interim CEO.

The new stores are located at The Market Place II in Irvine, at Johns Creek Town Center in Suwanee, and at The Plaza at Sunset Hills, in Sunset Hills.

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