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Two new Sears Hometown Stores open

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hoffman Estates, Ill. – Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. has opened two new Sears Hometown Stores. The stores are located in Longmont, Colo. and Wenatchee, Wash., and will celebrate their official grand openings Feb. 28-March 1.

The stores were the 15th and 16th Sears Hometown Stores to open in 2013. If a product is not available in-stores, Sears Hometown Store associates can order customers any product from the entire merchandise selection offered by Sears.

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Swiffer enlists Jewel for cleaning tool ad campaign

BY CSA STAFF

Jewel joined for the debut of the Swiffer Sweep and Trap, which features soft rotating beater blades that are designed to scoop up large particles into a removable dirt bin for quick disposal.

The singer-songwriter led the debut — which took place in New York at the kid-oriented venue Make Meaning — with a live performance of the new "Clean-Up Song." Her acoustic performance is available for free download on the Swiffer Facebook page at Facebook.com/Swiffer.

“As an artist, I love teaching my son through hands-on experiences, which often means making messes,”Jewel said. “So, when it comes time to clean up, I look for tools like the Sweep and Trap that make it efficient and easy, leaving me with more time and energy to play with my son. In our home, we often sing while we clean up, so I’m excited to unveil my own version of the classic family clean-up tune to celebrate this launch with Swiffer.”

The Swiffer Sweep and Trap starter kit is available for $19.99 at mass merchandise outlets, grocery stores, home improvement stores and e-retail websites throughout the United States.

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Ross Dress for Less opens first Oakland store March 8

BY CSA STAFF

Dublin, Calif. — Ross Dress for Less will open its first store in Oakland, Calif. on March 8, bringing the total to more than 250 stores in California, the retailer’s largest state. The new location will be in Foothill Square in Oakland.

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

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