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


Kohl’s prepares for around the clock holiday shopping

Kohl’s stores will remain open 24 hours during the holiday shopping home stretch.

David Crist

Smart chain stores will keep their doors open

The news on retail store openings and closings continues to make headlines. 

The Beatles are getting on board the pop-up shop express.  

Retailers are designing the next generation of brick-and-mortar experiences — concepts intended to strengthen shopper relationships and drive repeat visits.

Boot Barn sees plenty of room to grow its store count. 

Hudson next-gen store concept

Hudson has revamped its retail format.

Shoppers can buy goods that are made before their eyes in an innovative new retail concept at Industry City, the sprawling 6 million-sq.-ft. mixed-use complex in Brooklyn, New York.

Anchor Shops

A new startup wants to make it easy for digitally native brands to enter the physical space by significantly lowering the costs associated with customer acquisition, leasing and operating stores, shipping product and handling returns.

Lord & Taylor is popping up in Manhattan for the holidays.

Tropical Smoothie Café

Tropical Smoothie Café has its sights set on Colorado.

Let’s Pave has announced the hiring of three new employees to help lead its growing sales team and accounting department.

As a group, retail real estate developers pooh-pooh the notion of physical retail going downhill — except, now, for one.

As the grocery wars intensify, Walmart is not only focusing on online delivery but also is refreshing the look and feel of its in-store experience in produce.

H-E-B is expanding its presence in one of the fastest-growing markets in Texas.

Target Times Square

Target Corp. is extending its presence in the Big Apple.

Canada Goose has taken experiential retailing to new heights.

Yankee Candle storefront

The Yankee Candle Company wants to be known as a leader in home fragrance, not just a candle company. The iconic candle brand debuted a new store concept at Natick Mall, Natick, Mass., that features an untraditional merchandising strategy and an upgraded personalization station that allows custo

Luxury health club operator Life Time has opened a massive complex that includes a three-story “athletic resort” at Simon’s Southdale Center.

holiday mall shoppers

There is more evidence that Black Friday is losing its attraction — among store shoppers, that is. Shopper visits to brick-and-mortar stores and shopping centers dropped 6.2% on Black Friday versus last year, according to data from ShopperTrak (part of Sensormatic Solutions).

Citi Trends

Citi Trends is accelerating its move away from apparel. And it’s still looking for a CEO.

Toys “R” Us store format

A reborn and reimagined Toys “R” Us has returned to the retail arena just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Everlane Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A clothing brand known for its "radical transparency" is expanding in the brick-and-mortar space.

Macy’s is partnering with a first-of-its-kind venture capital fund on a new in-store initiative.

David Yurman has opened an expansive jewelry boutique — and the only family-owned business — on one of Manhattan’s most luxurious blocks. 

Walgreens storefront

Another health insurance giant is expanding into the retail sector.

Ralph Lauren storefront

Ralph Lauren Corp. is going green. The company announced  a series of sustainability pledges, including a commitment to power all of its globally owned and operated stores,  distribution centers and and offices with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

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