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Top 10 Stories of the First Half of 2013

BY CSA STAFF

Having passed the calendar’s mid-point, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the most viewed stories of the year to date on ChainStoreAge.com. (Based on the results, the ongoing saga of J.C. Penney remains the industry’s biggest story.) Here are the Top 10 stories of the first six months:

1. Johnson out as CEO of J.C. Penney; Ullman back | April 8, 2013
After a controversial 17-month stint, Ron Johnson is out as CEO of J.C. Penney. Read More

2. Retail Store of the Year: And the winners are… | February 19, 2013
Here is a complete list of the winning projects (all first place except where noted), which was featured in a special section in the March issue of Chain Store Age and reviewed at CSA’s annual SPECS Conference (March 17 -20) in Dallas: Read More

3. Macy’s to close six locations, open nine others | January 3, 2013
Macy’s announced what it described as “normal-course adjustments” to its portfolio of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores that include shuttering six locations (all in early spring 2013) and opening nine others. Read More

4. Walmart in line to open 500 Neighborhood Market stores by fiscal 2016 | March 6, 2013
Walmart will open as many as 115 small-format stores this year, according to Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. Read More

5. Hot Concepts: Reinventing Retail: Hointer, Seattle | March 28, 2013
Founded and headed up by Nadia Shouraboura, the former head of supply chain and fulfillment technologies for Amazon.com, Hointer is one of the most buzzed-about retail start-ups in some time. Read More

6. Dick’s to open 40 stores in 2013 and debut Field & Stream format | March 11, 2013
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. forecast a full-year profit for the current fiscal year that was less than expected, and also revealed it will debut a new retail concept in fiscal 2013 under the Field & Stream banner.Read More

7. Five Below to open 60 stores in 2013 and expand into Texas | January 25, 2013
Teen and tween retailer Five Below will open 60 stores this year, including its first-ever locations in Texas. Read More

8. Polaroid to launch new retail concept with 10 stores in 2013 | January 3, 2013
Polaroid has announced plans to launch a new experiential retail concept called Polaroid Fotobar, opening at least 10 locations in 2013. Read More

9. Hot Concept: Sneak Peak: J.C. Penney’s Joe Fresh shop | February 22, 2013
J.C. Penney is in the very beginning of its transformation. But the first component of the strategy — a new pricing model that jettisoned hundreds of promotions in favor a three-tier model — in already in place. And not surprisingly, experts are weighing in. Read More

10. Report: J.C. Penney lays off 2,200 store and office associates | March 7, 2013
The ax has fallen — again — at J.C. Penney Co. The retailer laid off approximately 2,200 employees in its stores and district offices, The Dallas Morning News reported. Read More

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Independence Day 2013

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Retailing Today will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Havea happy and safe holiday, and look for our Daily Newsletter Friday, July 5.

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Lowe’s, USO host Fourth of July grill-off for troops

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WASHINGTON — Lowe’s and the USO treated hundreds of servicemen and women and their families to an all-American event headlined by a charity grill-off at Nationals Park to thank the U.S. armed forces and celebrate the Fourth of July.

Active-duty troops from each branch of the armed services grilled up burgers for the grilling competition.

The winning Grill Sergeant, Lance Cpl. Noah Bratcher of the U.S. Marines and his wife, Cassandra, created the best burger among six branch chefs who fired up their Master Forge grills. The Marines won bragging rights, and Lowe’s donated $100,000 to the USO on its behalf.

Chefs from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy were given 40 minutes to turn a recipe with surprise ingredients into a burger worth saluting.

Celebrities Carson Daly and Brooklyn Decker attended the event in support of the troops and served as judges alongside Elaine Rodgers — president and CEO, USO of Metropolitan Washington — and Tom Lamb — Lowe’s CMO. Each team won gift cards and a grilling prize package for participating in the event.

Invited guests at the Grill of Honor event cheered on their favorite military branch. Military families participated in free activities, including movie-themed Build & Grow clinics, face painting, cornhole tournaments, behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark and a picnic-style cookout.

“Today, Lowe’s gave military families a chance to have a great time,” said USO president and CEO Sloan Gibson. “Their generous donation also makes it possible for the USO to continue providing important programs and services to those who need us most. On this Fourth of July, we are grateful to Lowe’s for joining us as we show our troops that their service and sacrifice are appreciated.”

Lowe’s support of the U.S. armed forces spans more than 60 years. Founded in 1946 by World War II Army veteran Carl Buchan, Lowe’s describes itself as a proud military-friendly employer and a longtime supporter of the USO. The company employs more than 16,000 military veterans.

The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Its programs and services are made possible by the support of American people, its corporate partners and its volunteers and staff.

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