Sears exclusively launches British lifestyle brand
Sears is freshening up its offering through a new partnership.
The department store retailer now features the Regatta Great Outdoors collection in 11 New England-based stores. The brand, which is based in Manchester, England, features active, performance, outdoor, and leisure wear. This is the brand’s first U.S. retail store debut.
The company was established in 1981, and has grown into a popular outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment brand among European shoppers. Sears was attracted to Regatta due to a synergy of values: quality, value, a design-focus and passion for the customer, according to the retailer.
"Our members' tastes change quickly so we are always looking for partners who can help keep our assortment fresh," said David Pastrana, president of Sears Apparel.
"Regatta is a long-established apparel leader that knows its customer well and was selective about who they made their U.S. debut with,” he added. “Sears is proud to be Regatta's exclusive home, and we welcome American shoppers to discover this great brand."
The Regatta Great Outdoors collection is now featured in 1,800-sq.-ft. shops inside the following Massachusetts Sears locations: Saugus, Burlington, Auburn, Peabody, Braintree, Natick and Hyannis. It is also being featured in stores in Salem and Nashua, New Hampshire, Warwick, Rhode Island, and South Burlington, Vermont. The collection will be available online this fall.
Discounter opens new warehouse in Wisconsin
Coinciding with its recently announced growth plan, Dollar General opened a new distribution center.
The new $100 million facility resides in Janesville, Wisconsin. It is the company’s 14th warehouse. The approximately 1 million-sq.-ft. depot, which began shipping merchandise in January, serves approximately 800 stores in nine states in the upper Midwest, and employs more than 500 employees. Along with more than 130 store locations in the state, Dollar General now has more than 1,300 employees in the state of Wisconsin.
“We have built a strong team in Janesville, and this new facility strength-ens our distribution network and our ability to serve customers,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.
Dollar General’s 13 other distribution centers are located in Alachua, Florida; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Bessemer, Alabama; Bethel, Pennsylvania; Fulton, Missouri; Indianola, Mississippi; Jonesville, South Carolina; Lebec, California; Marion, Indiana; San Antonio, Texas; Scottsville, Kentucky; South Boston, Virginia; and Zanesville, Ohio.
The discounter has already begun construction on its 15th distribution center in Jackson, Georgia, and is planning for its 16th distribution center in Amsterdam, New York.
Whole Foods Market overcharging allegations resurface
A lawsuit accusing a natural-foods grocer of overcharging customers has been revived.
On Friday, June 2, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City ordered Whole Foods Market to face a proposed class-action lawsuit accusing it of overcharging shoppers in New York City. The suit claims the chain overstated the weight of pre-packaged food in its supermarkets, according to Reuters.
The chain underwent an investigation in 2015, accused of routinely overcharging customers on groceries. These inspections dated back to at least 2010.
According to the report, Sean John, a frequent purchaser of pre-packaged cheese and cupcakes, sued the company for these practices. However, it is alleged that the lower court judge had erred in concluding that the plaintiff had no right to sue because he could not show that Whole Foods overcharged him for a specific purchase.
Despite paying $500,000 and agreeing to conduct regular in-store audits as a resolution for the allegations, Whole Foods Market is again in the hot seat. Writing for the appeals court, Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier said John had legal standing to sue, even if the Manhattan resident could not show that any of the food items he claimed to buy once or twice a month were mislabeled, the report said.
The case was returned to U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan, who originally dismissed the lawsuit in March 2016.
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