REAL ESTATE

Ross Stores expanding in Texas, Northern California

BY Staff Writer

Dublin, Calif. — Ross Stores’ said its Ross Dress for Less will open three new locations in Texas on March 8, for a total of over 160 stores in the chain’s second largest state. The new Texas stores will be located in the Katy Mills shopping center in Katy, Rayzor Ranch Marketplace in Denton, and The Pavillions in El Paso.

Ross is also expanding its dd’s Discounts brand, opening two new locations in Northern California on March 1. The new stores are in White Road Plaza in San Jose and Hatch Road Center in Ceres.

Together, Ross Dress for Less and dd’s operate approximately 1,300 off-price apparel and home fashion stores in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

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FINANCE

Alliance Data renews agreement with HSN

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas — Alliance Data Systems, a global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, today announced its Retail Services business has signed a multi-year renewal agreement to continue providing both private label and co-brand credit card services for lifestyle and entertainment retailer HSN.

“Alliance Data is a trusted partner that possesses the credit marketing and multi-channel expertise to help us achieve our business objectives,” said Bill Brand, chief marketing and business development officer, HSN. “Since we began partnering with Alliance Data Retail Services in 2009, the number of HSN cardholders has nearly tripled to more than 1 million, and we’ve more than doubled our credit sales. As HSN continues to deliver an exceptional shopping experience for our customers, our partnership with Alliance Data will be a key component in enhancing that experience and driving sales.”

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MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA

American Greetings offers iPad app for personalized kids’ cards

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cleveland – American Greetings is offering the iPad Creatacard app that provides children with virtual tools like crayons, paint, stickers, stamps and chalk to create personalized greeting cards. Kids can also add their own photos and enhance them with frames, as well as virtually sign the cards.

Each design can be printed as a paper greeting card and shipped anywhere in the world by American Greetings for $3.49. Cards can be tracked online from creation at the American Greetings factory all the way through the post office and delivery.

"This groundbreaking app gives kids the tools they need to start a life-long friendship with their own imaginations," said Eliza Wing, director of digital brands at American Greetings. "As American Greetings prides itself on product innovation, we are thrilled to introduce Creatacard because it gives kids the unique opportunity to truly become greeting card artists. We have taken the offline behavior of making cards that children have enjoyed for generations and created an app that brings this experience to an amazing new level with the option to professionally print the cards.”

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