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Retailers ring up solid September, holidays loom
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Brisk back-to-school shopping benefited many U.S. retailers in September, with strong sales growth at chains from Kohl's Corp. to Nordstrom Inc. suggesting optimism for the holiday season. Shoppers largely brushed off the prolonged economic malaise and the U.S. East Coast's recovery after Hurricane Irene. Chains with fresh items enticed shoppers while others were left to question their strategies heading into the critical winter holiday shopping season. More
Related story:  Discounters post strong results in September (Retailing Today)

Fans pay tribute to Steve Jobs online and at Apple stores
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Tributes to Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple co-founder, are ongoing. In fact, people across the world touched by his vision, and the products that resulted, are clamoring for ways to celebrate and memorialize his legacy. Apple retail stores everywhere became gathering places for the Apple faithful who looked at Jobs as much more than a CEO. At an Apple store in Tokyo, iPads and iPhones showing flickering images of candles had been propped beside flowers and other more traditional items.

Discount retailer Ross opening 12 stores in Chicago area
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California-based discount retailer Ross Dress for Less will open 12 locations in the Chicago area, marking its first entrance in to the Midwest market. o celebrate the grand openings, the stores are offering customers a chance to win $500 or $100 shopping sprees through Oct. 16 and is donating $50,000 to local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and $10,000 to other charities. More

Nike to open a runners-only store in Flatiron, NY
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A new concept store from Nike Inc. will soon be racing after runners' dollars in New York City, sources said. The maker of athletic footwear, apparel and equipment leased 14,000 square feet at 156 Fifth Ave. to open a Nike Running store. The specialty store caters to runners by offering services and promotions beyond just selling sneakers, clothes and accessories. More

J.C. Penney targets impulse shoppers with grab-and-go stores
The Associated Press via Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
J.C. Penney is upping the ante on impulse holiday gifting, with plans to carve out areas on the main floor dedicated to gifts from the whimsical to the practical. The "Wrapt" shops, which will first be launched in its Manhattan, N.Y., store, followed by a national roll out in all 1,100 stores on Oct. 24, will carry about 300 items, mostly exclusive to J.C. Penney. They range from $3 chocolate candies from Dylan's Candy Bar to $40 mini speakers that plug into Apple's iPads or an iPods. More

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$280M expansion continues at Canada's Guildford Town Centre
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Guildford Town Centre has launched the next phase of its $280 million expansion and redevelopment project, and is seeking to become the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-certified shopping mall in Canada. When construction work is completed at the end of 2013, the center's leasing area will have increased from 980,000 square feet to 1.2 million square feet, which will make it the largest regional shopping center south of the Fraser River​r. More

Friendly's chain files for bankruptcy
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Friendly's, an ice cream parlor chain known for its Happy Ending sundaes, filed for bankruptcy as the sluggish economy and slow consumer spending claimed another casual dining operator. Friendly's Ice Cream Corp blamed rising prices for cream and high rents for its problems. The company, which operates or franchises restaurants in the eastern United States, plans to close 63 of its weaker restaurants; 424 will remain open. More

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Shoppers can charge electric cars as well as purchases
at King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The King of Prussia Mall in Prussia, Pa., said it will install electric vehicle-charging stations for customers. They will be unveiled Oct. 14 in a ceremony with mall officials and Pennsylvania's top environmental regulator, Michael Krancer, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. More

Target shoppers spent money in September
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target report a moderately better than expected 5.3 percent same-store sales increase for September that was driven by broad-based gains in all categories and geographic regions. The increase was almost entirely due to larger average transaction sizes and came on top of a prior year increase of 1.3 percent. The company also noted that customer traffic as measured by comparable-store transaction increase a little more than 1 percent. More

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A.C. Moore agrees to be acquired for $40.8M
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Arts and crafts store A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts Inc. agreed to be acquired by arts and crafts distributor Sbar's Inc. for about $40.8 million. Sbar's said it will pay $1.60 per share for the company, which had about 25.5 million shares outstanding as of July 2, according to an SEC filing on Aug. 3. More

Layaway makes a comeback, with fees and benefits
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Layaway is becoming increasingly popular with stores and consumers, despite fees and often-confusing rules. Toys R Us said that it is expanding its layaway program starting Oct. 15 to include all toys, not just more expensive items such as swing sets and electronics. Wal-mart offers layaway again Oct. 17 for toys and electronics after stopping the program in 2006 for anything other than fine jewelry. More

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Walgreens Reports 5.4 percent September Sales Rise
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Drugstore operator Walgreen said that total sales rose 5.4 percent, to $5.95 billion, in September, as compared to September 2010. Same-store sales rose 3.1 percent overall. Same-store front-end sales rose 3.4 percent, while same-store prescriptions filled rose 1.9 percent. More
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