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

Godiva to close or sell all its stores in North America

Godiva is planning to exit the brick-and-mortar retail business.

L’Occitane files for bankruptcy; to reduce store footprint

The U.S. arm of L’Occitane en Provence has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it looks to cut costs and reduce its store portfolio amid pandemic-related business disruption.

Love’s Travel Stops is continuing to expand.

Conn's is entering a new market.

Francesca’s has won court approval to sell itself to an affiliate of TerraMar Capital and Tiger Capital.

Nike is providing shoppers with an augmented reality-based outdoor challenge – within the four walls of its “House of Innovation” store in Paris, France.

Amazon is opening its second Amazon Fresh grocery store in the state of Illinois.

Ikea has unveiled its first store to open in the U.S. with a smaller format.

Mike Schodowski

As e-commerce has accelerated, so had the demand for warehouse space. According to a report from CBRE, nearly 14 million square feet of big-box retail space in the U.S. has been converted to industrial space.

Checkers & Rally's iconic drive-thru restaurants are getting a design update.

Apple is taking precautions in the states where COVID-19 is surging.

Citi Trends is bullish on store growth amid strong holiday sales. 

Another restaurant chain is emphasizing its drive-thru business.

Conn's has its sight set on Florida. 

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