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Von Maur sets opening date for new store in Iowa

BY Marianne Wilson

Davenport, Iowa – Von Maur announceed that its newest store, located at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville, Iowa, will open on July 27, 2013.

The 80,000-sq.-ft., free-standing brick store will feature Von Maur’s signature exterior entrance and residential ambiance, along with an expansive open floor plan and larger departments that are designed to allow for greater product selection and more easily navigable aisles and common areas.

The store also includes several new amenities, including a new women’s lounge, a dedicated shoe clearance room, redesigned juniors and lingerie departments, larger dressing rooms and a fun, interactive, life-sized tree set to entertain the store’s youngest visitors.

"While our success over the years has led us to new markets and growth opportunities, Iowa has always been home. It is a true privilege for me, our family and our associates to continue serving our loyal customers who have helped make us the company we are today,” said Jim von Maur, president of Von Maur, which operates 27 stores in 11 states.

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J.Lance says:
Jul-02-2013 09:59 am

It is really a great news, I
It is really a great news, I congratulate Von for his launching of the stores in 11 states.It adds an another opportunities in new era markets. http://www.seloger.com/immobilier/viagers/ville/

J.Lance says:
Jul-02-2013 09:59 am

It is really a great news, I congratulate Von for his launching of the stores in 11 states.It adds an another opportunities in new era markets. http://www.seloger.com/immobilier/viagers/ville/

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Paula Deen loses another retail partner

BY Marianne Wilson

Hoffman Estates, Ill. – Sears Holdings on Friday joined the growing list of retailers and other companies severing ties with Southern celebrity chef Paula Deen in the wake of the controversy regarding her use of a racial slur. Both Sears and Kmart sold Paula Deen products.

“After careful consideration of all available information, we have made the decision to phase out all products tied to the brand,” Sears said in a statement. “We will continue to evaluate the situation. Our members’ needs will be given first priority.’

The Home Depot, Target, QVC and Walgreens also have either removed or said they would phase out her products in their brick-and-mortar locations and/or online.

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Converse’s new store in San Francisco is big on customization

BY Marianne Wilson

San Francisco – Converse has opened its first Northern California location — and its largest store to date — in San Francisco’s Union Square shopping district. With 8,200 sq.ft. of selling space, the store offers a comprehensive assortment of Converse footwear, apparel and accessories, along with an interactive personalization process for designing one-of-a-kind Converse sneakers and clothing.

The “Converse Customization” customization process allows customers to screen-print their own designs or graphics selected from the company’s catalog on various styles of Converse footwear, apparel and accessories. Using iPads, customers can browse more than 150 Converse-curated graphics, including designs that tie back to the San Francisco community, to create their own product by adding grommets, different colored shoe laces and more.

“Opening a retail store in San Francisco is a perfect fit for Converse, a city with a creative spirit similar to ours. We’re thrilled to offer local consumers an outlet to unleash their creativity and participate in our brand through our in-store customization and various music and art programs supported by the brand,” said Jonathan Tappan, general merchandise manager of direct to consumer for Converse.

The store’s design pays tribute to the building’s original structure as seen through authentic and raw industrial elements, including original concrete and tile throughout. The center staircase is located at the center of the store, providing customers the opportunity to shop two floors of curated destinations for Converse’s All Star, Cons and Jack Purcell collections.

The second floor — which houses women’s, kids and premium footwear collections — includes a gallery-like space for the display of work of local artists, in-store music performances and events.

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