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Top 10 Stories of the First Half of 2013


Having passed the calendar’s mid-point, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the most viewed stories of the year to date on (Based on the results, the ongoing saga of J.C. Penney remains the industry's biggest story.) Here are the Top 10 stories of the first six months:

1. Johnson out as CEO of J.C. Penney; Ullman back | April 8, 2013

After a controversial 17-month stint, Ron Johnson is out as CEO of J.C. Penney. Read More

2. Retail Store of the Year: And the winners are… | February 19, 2013

Here is a complete list of the winning projects (all first place except where noted), which was featured in a special section in the March issue of Chain Store Age and reviewed at CSA’s annual SPECS Conference (March 17 -20) in Dallas: Read More

3. Macy’s to close six locations, open nine others | January 3, 2013

Macy’s announced what it described as “normal-course adjustments” to its portfolio of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores that include shuttering six locations (all in early spring 2013) and opening nine others. Read More

4. Walmart in line to open 500 Neighborhood Market stores by fiscal 2016 | March 6, 2013

Walmart will open as many as 115 small-format stores this year, according to Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. Read More

5. Hot Concepts: Reinventing Retail: Hointer, Seattle | March 28, 2013

Founded and headed up by Nadia Shouraboura, the former head of supply chain and fulfillment technologies for, Hointer is one of the most buzzed-about retail start-ups in some time. Read More

6. Dick’s to open 40 stores in 2013 and debut Field & Stream format | March 11, 2013

Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. forecast a full-year profit for the current fiscal year that was less than expected, and also revealed it will debut a new retail concept in fiscal 2013 under the Field & Stream banner.Read More

7. Five Below to open 60 stores in 2013 and expand into Texas | January 25, 2013

Teen and tween retailer Five Below will open 60 stores this year, including its first-ever locations in Texas. Read More

8. Polaroid to launch new retail concept with 10 stores in 2013 | January 3, 2013

Polaroid has announced plans to launch a new experiential retail concept called Polaroid Fotobar, opening at least 10 locations in 2013. Read More

9. Hot Concept: Sneak Peak: J.C. Penney’s Joe Fresh shop | February 22, 2013

J.C. Penney is in the very beginning of its transformation. But the first component of the strategy — a new pricing model that jettisoned hundreds of promotions in favor a three-tier model — in already in place. And not surprisingly, experts are weighing in. Read More

10. Report: J.C. Penney lays off 2,200 store and office associates | March 7, 2013

The ax has fallen — again — at J.C. Penney Co. The retailer laid off approximately 2,200 employees in its stores and district offices, The Dallas Morning News reported. Read More

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