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Express testing new ideas in Manhattan

BY CSA Staff

Express is changing things up.

The apparel retailer is using its store on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue as a testing ground for new ideas and technologies, reported CNBC.

Among the elements being tested are a more open layout, digital styling screens that let shoppers review curated outfits, lounges, and fitting rooms already furnished with the items a shopper has pre-selected online, the report said.

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Starbucks enters its 77th global market

BY Marianne Wilson

Starbucks has extended in footprint in Latin America.

The coffee giant has arrived in Uruguay, with its first store opening in the capital city of Montevideo. A total of five locations are expected by year end.

Starbucks first entered Latin America in 2002. Currently, there are more than 900 Starbucks outposts throughout Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile. The stores are owned and operated by multi-brand restaurant operator Alsea, which will also own and operate Starbucks stores across Uruguay. The opening in Uruguay marks Starbucks 77th global market, and 18th in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

“Our first store in the beautiful country of Uruguay marks a key milestone for our expansion in Latin America,” said Ricardo Rico, Starbucks general manager and VP for Latin America. “We want to thank the community for this warm welcome and celebrate our journey to Uruguay with our longtime, trusted partners at Alsea.”

The new store is designed to drive connections between Starbucks’ customers and employees, while honoring the Montevideo city and its culture. Exposed concrete columns and ceilings bring character and texture to the space, which is accented with custom leather, a material with great local relevance, designed to evoke a warm ambience. A green living wall with local plants connects the store to the origins and environment of a coffee farm.

One of the most striking features of the store is a large mural painted by a local artist from the city of Montevideo. The mural depicts Starbucks’ signature Siren over a concrete finish.

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Camping World makes another acquisition

BY Marianne Wilson

Camping World Holdings has extended its market footprint in Tennessee.

The retailer has signed an agreement acquire Cullum & Maxey Camping Center, in Nashville, Tennessee. The acquisition is in line with Camping World’s future growth plans. The company said it will soon announce several additional markets of expansion for 2018.

Camping World currently operates three Tennessee locations in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville, with all locations specializing in service, RV sales and retail accessories. With the acquisition of Cullum & Maxey Camping Center, the company will further expand the market footprint by increasing Camping World’s presence in the state of Tennessee to four RV SuperCenters.

“We are well-positioned to remain a leader in the RV industry as it continues to evolve,” said Brent Moody, COO of Camping World. “The addition of Cullum & Maxey Camping Center will allow us to expand our footprint in the state of Tennessee while continuing to deliver a high standard of customer service and integrity in the industry.”

Camping World Holdings, headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is the leading outdoor and camping retailer, offering an extensive assortment of recreational vehicles for sale, RV and camping gear, RV maintenance and repair, and other services, protection plans, products and resources. It operates over 140 retail locations in 36 states, and also operates such other brands as Erehwon Mountain Outfitters, Gander Outdoors, Good Sam, and Overton’s.

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