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

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.

Retailers who outperform their peers are much more likely to see a wide variety of remedial steps for COVID-19 as important.

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.

Join CSA for a webinar on Aug. 12, 2 p.m. ET, and learn how Joann and Boot Barn are using data and analytics to control FM spend, driving reductions for the remainder of the year and long-term.

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. 

Chain Store Age’s SPECS 2020 will take place August 4-6 on a platform offering all the signature hallmarks of SPECS — in a completely virtual environment.

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.

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

Walmart is testing a store design that takes the self-checkout experience to a new level.

Target Corp. is offering its biggest holiday deals earlier than ever and joining a chief rival in shuttering stores Thanksgiving Day.

Nike isn’t letting the pandemic stop it from opening new store concepts.

Tractor Supply reported second profit, net sales and same-store sales that beat expectations and provided an upbeat outlook. 


Discount grocer Aldi is embarking on the next wave of its coast-to-coast expansion.

Dick’s Sporting Goods will now provide a temporary pay boost through December and is the third major retailer to announce a Thanksgiving store closure.

Neiman Marcus' Hudson Yards location

Neiman Marcus is shuttering a location it opened amid much fanfare a little more than a year ago.

Tailored Brands expects to close up to 500 stores “over time” and reduce its corporate workforce as a result of business disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walmart is bringing its health care concept to the Sunshine State in 2021.

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