OPERATIONS

Union representing SoCal supermarket workers takes step toward strike

BY Staff Writer

Los Angeles — The union representing many of the 62,000 workers at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets in Southern California has issued a required 72-hour notice of its plan to cancel its extended contract, Reuters reported. The move that could pave the way for a strike.

The union and the grocery store companies are deadlocked over healthcare coverage. Employees, who have been without a contract since it expired in March, have given the union the go-ahead to call a strike if an acceptable deal for a new contract cannot be reached. The union said grocery workers will begin final strike preparations following the 72-hour notice to cancel the contract.

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City Sports expands with new interactive store

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Boston — City Sports will open its 19th store, in Wellesley, Mass., during the last week of September. The location features a dramatic façade, with a wraparound steel awning and tall windows that showcase the interior design and product assortment. Inside, an interactive electronics room offers shoppers the use of in-store iPads to access information about products on the company’s website as well as the ability to wear-test headphones

At over 10,000 sq. ft., the new store is designed to provide the ultimate shopping experience for the brand’s athletic clientele. The space was designed by Gensler, which previously collaborated with City Sports on stores in Washington, D.C., and, most recently, on the redesign of its downtown Philadelphia location.

Situated on the Boston Marathon route, the Wellesley store will house a haven for runners and other sport-specific enthusiasts as it displays a multi-boutique feel in the form of designated shopping areas separated by activity and gender. One area will include a specially curated woman’s section, which will offer private fitting rooms and a communal table, featuring an iMac, that will allow for female customers to reference City Sports’ online Bra Finder, which is set to launch on the brand’s website when the Wellesley store opens.

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Target singing a new tune with Tony Bennett

BY CSA STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced that it will offer an exclusive edition of Tony Bennett’s next studio album, "Duets II." The deluxe edition of the album will be available at Target stores and at Target.com beginning Sept. 20. Target previously partnered with Bennett in 2006 for his album "Duets An American Classic."

“I celebrated my 85th birthday in August and the celebration is continuing with this special gift to my fans,” said Bennett. “I hope they enjoy the extra songs found only at Target.”

The Target version of the album includes two exclusive songs from country singer Brad Paisley and soprano singer Jackie Evancho. Bennett partners with Paisley for a smooth version of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and Evancho for a rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Also available on Sept. 20, and only at Target.com, is an exclusive downloadable video that explores the making of “Duets II.”

“Tony Bennett has legions of music fans that span generations and genres,” said John Butcher, VP entertainment for Target. “His music is timeless and we welcomed the opportunity to partner with Tony again to produce a deluxe edition of “Duets II” for Target.”

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