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Gourmet gifting retailer will ‘pop up’ in more locations for the holidays

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Harry & David is bolstering its store fleet for the upcoming holiday season.

The gourmet gifting retailer will open approximately 20 pop-up stores nationwide this holiday season. The stores, which will operate in key market areas across the United States, will augment Harry & David’s 46 permanent retail locations.

The stores will feature an assortment of gourmet food gifts, including fruits, truffles, specialty chocolates, premium popcorn, novelty candy, bakery items and an array of holiday gift baskets and towers.

Stores have already started to open, and will stay in business until just after the holiday season ends.

“Harry & David has long been a part of America’s holiday gift-giving tradition, and we are excited to make our extraordinary products even more accessible to customers through our seasonal pop-up store initiative,” said Steve Lightman, president, Harry & David. “Our team looks forward to welcoming shoppers at all of our retail locations.”

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Report: Ikea to debut ‘open-source’ showrooms

BY CSA STAFF

A home furnishings retailer is scaling down its showrooms in a move to better appeal to its customers’ changing shopping habits.

Ikea is testing “open-source” designs at its full-range town-center showrooms. These are more accessible retail locations used for shoppers to pick up their purchases, according to Reuters.

While these are smaller locations, the spaces will display Ikea’s entire assortment range with the help of new digital tools, such as virtual reality, the report said.

The program is being spearheaded by the company’s brand owner and franchiser Inter Ikea division. This group also manages the company’s Supply chain management and design operations.

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Forever 21 opens new beauty store concept

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Fast-fashion giant has unveiled a new freestanding store dedicated to beauty.

Riley Rose opened its first store, at Glendale Galleria, Glendale, Calif. Ten locations are due to open at GGP malls across the country by year-end.

The brand will also launch its own website this November, Fashionista.com reported.

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