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


7-Eleven expands U.S. corporate footprint

7-Eleven is expanding its holdings in Oklahoma.

wired store

First permanent Wired store debuts

A leading technology media brand has put down retail roots. 

Starbucks Corp. is expanding its commitment to operating stores in underserved urban and rural areas.

Sportsman's Warehouse Holdings is expanding into a new market.

PGA Tour Superstore

PGA Tour Superstore is adding more locations to its expanding store portfolio.

dodow, Sleep Aid Device

Macy’s is encouraging consumers to “feel good” in the newest version of its ever-changing, narrative-driven in-store experiential concept. 

Bloom Energy Servers

Stop & Shop is deploying fuel cell technology that will reduce its environmental footprint while keeping stores open even during a power outage. 

CVS Health will update a significant amount of stores to its HealthHUB format in 2020.


Ikea’s $5.8 billion initiative to open smaller format “city centre” stores to get closer to shoppers in dense urban areas is landing in London.

An upscale footwear and accessories brand opened a pop-up store in the Big Apple — but in an unlikely place. 

Five Below

New store openings will remain a priority for Five Below this year. 


H&M has a “smart” new way to encourage shoppers to recycle their unwanted clothing.

Tropical Smoothie Café

Tropical Smoothie Café had record growth in 2019 and it’s nowhere near being finished.


A fast-growing sporting activity watched and played around the world is putting down roots in the largest shopping destination in the Southeast. 

new wawa store format

Wawa has gone small.

store rendering

The dragon has landed — at least for the time being.

The planned Harry Potter-themed “Wizarding World” experiential retail store in Manhattan’s Flatiron District may be dragon-less — at least on the exterior.

Walmart is offering an ultra-streamlined shopping experience at its new Neighborhood Market location in Coral Way, Fla.

Count on Target Corp. to be among the most dominant players of the year. 

Sally Beauty Holdings wants a bigger piece of the beauty market.


The long-delayed and now partially-open American Dream retail and entertainment mega-center has apparently not had trouble attracting tenants.


Fairway, the New York City grocer whose single store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan became a supermarket legend, may finally be being weighed down by its ambitious expansion program.

holiday shoppers

The shortened holiday shopping calendar likely put a dent into in-store shopping traffic in December. 

Pier 1 storefront

Pier 1 Imports is significantly reducing the size of its store portfolio and corporate headcount as it seeks to cut costs and turnaround its ailing operations.

amazon 4 star

Amazon is reportedly considering opening physical stores in its second-largest global market.

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