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Target wins approval to add bulls-eye to Chicago landmark building

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Target Corp. has won approval to put its signature red logo on one of Chicago’s most famous buildings. The Permit Review Committee of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday approved the chain’s request to allow its bull’s eye to be placed on its new store planned for downtown Chicago.

The store will be located in the Sullivan Center, at 1 S. State St. The building, designed by famed architect Louis Sullivan, was built in 1899 and is a designated historic landmark. It housed the Carson Pirie Scott department store from 1904 to 2007.

Target will lease 124,000 sq. ft. over two floors of the building. The store will feature the chain’s new City Target format.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the proposal lets Target place its bull’s-eye logo inside the building’s famed glass-enclosed entrance at State and Madison. Along State Street, Target would hang alternating windows two-story banners in the company’s red color.

“Target is honored to be a part of the preservation of a Chicago treasure and we are excited to bring unique design elements to the Sullivan Center,” the company said in a statement. “We focus on building stores that satisfy the unique, local flavors of our guests and communities and believe our CityTarget store will be authentic and relevant to Chicago.”

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Albertsons removing self-checkout from stores

BY Staff Writer

Boise, Idaho — Albertsons LLC said Friday it is eliminating the self-checkout lanes in all 217 stores, beginning this month.

According to the supermarket retailer, the self-checkout option precludes Albertsons from providing the desired level of customer service.

In place of self-checkout, which it introduced in its stores about 10 years ago, Albertsons said it is considering a modified express lane concept.

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In place of self-checkout, which it introduced in its stores about 10 years ago, Albertsons said it is considering a modified express lane concept Herbal Incense

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Walgreens broadens social media presence

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Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens said Friday it has surpassed 1 million fans on Facebook, and has also integrated its network of more than 7,700 drug stores through mobile platforms on Facebook Places and Foursquare.

Walgreens said it has become the chain drugstore retailer with the largest following on Foursquare, while developing a growing presence on other social communities, including Twitter and YouTube.

“We’ve embraced social media, and the consumer engagement we’ve generated shows the value of these tools for our customers and the many ways they interact with Walgreens,” said Sona Chawla, Walgreens president of e-commerce. Through these social media tools, we’re able to extend valuable offers and effectively interact with our followers through a number of different online and mobile vehicles.”

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