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Retail leaders react to protests, riots in wake of George Floyd killing

Many of the nation's top retail leaders reached out to their employees and the community at large as they temporarily shut stores in select locations across the country amid disruptions and destruction in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

TravelCenters of America adding more locations

TravelCenters of America Inc. is expanding its footprint through conversions.

It’s not just the obvious suspects — namely Walmart and Target — that have the potential to benefit from the liquidation of Pier 1 Imports.

Five Below

Five Below is not backing down from its aggressive store expansion.

Amazon is reportedly making good on plans to expand its new brick-and-mortar grocery concept beyond Southern California.


The COVID-19 pandemic took a big toll on Ulta Beauty, which reported a first-quarter loss amid plunging store sales. 

Ron Lutz

Brick-and-mortar stores across the country, from Nordstrom to REI, are reopening with limits on customer capacity.

Dollar General store exterior

Dollar General Corp. reported its biggest same-store rise in more than 10 years amid surging demand driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An e-tail giant is using two brand new stores to increase its online grocery delivery capability in the Los Angeles area.

J.C. Penney is reopening more stores that were closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic as it also gets ready to permanently shutter some of those locations.

Forty-seven percent of people are willing to visit a store this week.

GE is selling its most historic business. 

disney store

The Disney Store has released guidelines for its store reopenings.

Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket supermarkets, is expanding in Florida.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on how consumers respond to potential germ exposure, raising new questions around the hygienic and safe usage of public restrooms.


Wegmans Food Markets is continuing to open new stores — but it’s taking a more cautious approach.

under armour storefront

Under Armour is gearing up to reopen more of its stores that went dark amid the pandemic.

Florida-based City Furniture is continuing with its growth plan.

Retailers are inching closer to reopening stores, but they will need to appeal to a consumer’s “mind” and “body” if they want them to open their wallets.

Apple is reopening its U.S. stores with an emphasis on curbside pick-up. 

Significant generational — and gender— discrepancies exist when it comes to what type of measures consumers want to return to brick-and-mortar stores.

As much of the nation begins reopening, including non-essential business, a select group of states continue to enforce restrictions.

Open spaces, clean lines, new materials could mark stores of the future.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is getting ready to welcome back customers to its stores amid surging digital sales. 

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