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News and analysis on new brick-and-mortar concepts, store design, construction and facilities management.

Report: Pier 1 weighs bid that would close most — but not all — of its stores

Pier 1 Imports might soon become a shadow of its former self.

Walmart social distancing

Walmart limits number of shoppers in stores; instituting one-way aisles

Walmart has taken additional steps to ensure the health and safety of its employees and customers during the COVID-19 crisis.


Love’s Travel Stops has opened six new Truck Care and Speedco locations as truckers work to keep up with increased demand for food and other essential goods during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream

American Dream is shifting course slightly as it bets on entertainment to bring in the crowds.

Joe Jackman

The last few weeks have created an unprecedented situation and rapid changes for all of us, perhaps, none more so than chain retailers.

The harsh lessons learned during the coronavirus (COVID-19) may be exactly what will help retailers to survive — and thrive — post-pandemic.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore has teamed up with the Painting Contractors Association to underwrite participation costs for the association’s online “Operation COVID-19 Response” educational event.


Ulta Beauty still plans to open new stores this year, but not as many as previously planned.

Lowe’s Companies is doubling down on its in-store social distancing measures during the COVID-19 crisis.

A regional grocery giant is altering store design and operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Target Corp. is rolling out additional social distancing and safety measures in its stores.

Rob Almond

Rob Almond, CEO of integrated facilities management company NEST, will deliver a virtual address on crisis management on Wednesday, April 8, to students at St. Joseph’s University, which is located in Philadelphia.

grocery shoppers with alarm sounding to back up.

A device that resembles a dome security camera is designed to heighten real-time awareness of social distancing in retail stores – especially in busy areas frequented by multiple shoppers.

With its stores temporarily closed, Urban Outfitters said it will suspend the payment of rent temporarily and delay or cancel some planned new store openings.

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