Specialty Chains Looking at Club Libby Lu
St. Louis, Build-A-Bear Workshop has expressed interest in buying Club Libby Lu stores from Sak’s Inc., according to a report in the St. Louis Business Journal. Targeting pre-teen girls, Club Libby Lu sells apparel, accessories and bath and body products in a fun, interactive shopping environment. Too Inc. and Claire’s Stores are also reported to have expressed interest in Club Libby Lu, which has 49 stores.
Kroger Trying to Avoid Strike
Cincinnati, After workers in central Ohio voted yesterday to authorize a strike, Kroger Co. is working to negotiate terms.
The workers are currently under a temporary contract extension and have agreed to give at least 10 days of notice before walking off the job. The workers’ contract expired at midnight on Saturday.
Kroger is attempting to get the workers to pay part of their healthcare costs. The workers currently have no co-payments for their health insurance.
Abercrombie Pulls ‘Offensive’ Shirts
New Albany, Ohio, In the face of criticism and calls for boycotts, Abercrombie & Fitch agreed to stop selling shirts with controversial messages. One of the shirts read across the chest: “Who needs brains when you have these?” The Women & Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania said they were satisfied with Abercrombie & Fitch’s decision to remove what it called “several offensive t-shirts from its stores. In a statement, the retailer said: “We recognize that the shirts in question, while meant to be humorous, might be troubling to some.”