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News and analysis on retail brick-and-mortar store design, construction and expansion.

Dick’s Sporting Goods’ store expansion includes new outlet concept, pop-ups

Dick’s Sporting Goods is opening 11 new stores in August.

SPECS Recap: How store design is evolving amid the pandemic

Safety is moving to the forefront of store design as retailers continue to grapple with the challenges of COVID-19.

7-Eleven has made the largest acquisition in its history and one of the largest to be announced since the pandemic began. 

Smoothie King continues to grow its footprint. 

Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS Show starts today at 11 a.m. (ET) on an all-virtual platform.

The role HVAC and air filtration can play in controlling the spread of COVID-19 is among the educational sessions at Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS event, which is being held Aug. 4 -6 on a virtual platform.

The Sour Patch Kids brand is celebrating its 35th anniversary with the opening of its first-ever brick-and-mortar location. 

Coldwater Creek is holding a sale — a big sale — amid strong signs that it may be going out of business. 

Sola Salon Studios, which offers beauty professions move-in-ready studios in a shared setting, is expanding its footprint across the U.S. via franchising.

Ascena Retail Group is reducing its store footprint from about 2,800 stores to some 1,200 stores.

A struggling women’s apparel retailer is closed, although a message on its e-commerce site implies a return is possible.

Wawa is exploring new store formats.

In the wake of declining Q2 sales, Dunkin’ Brands Group may close as many as 800 Dunkin’ stores by the end of 2020.

Ann Taylor

Ascena Retail Group Inc. is shrinking its store footprint and shutting down one of its brands.

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