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Target Unveils TargetExpress Concept
July 24, 2014
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. opened its first-ever TargetExpress store in Minneapolis’ Dinkytown neighborhood on July 23, according to the StarTribune.

Sportsman’s Warehouse Launches Expansion
July 24, 2014
Midvale, Utah-based Sportsman's Warehouse plans to open a store in Spokane, Wash., in early 2015.

Report: In-store the Preferred Method for Back-to-School Shopping
July 23, 2014
According to a recent ICSC-Goldman Sachs consumer tracking survey, conducted by Opinion Research Corp., more than one third (37 percent) of consumers have begun their back-to-school (BTS) shopping, up from the 29 percent who started at this time last year.

Crocs Announces Strategic Growth Plan
July 23, 2014
Niwot, Colo.-based Crocs Inc. recently announced strategic plans for long-term improvement and growth of the business.

Colombian Coffee Brand Launches U.S. Expansion
July 23, 2014
Juan Valdez, the coffee brand backed by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, is opening franchised cafés in Florida, according to Bloomberg.

Gap Announces Global Expansion Plans
July 22, 2014
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. recently announced plans to introduce the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria through agreements with new and existing franchise partners.

Walmart Expanding Into India
July 22, 2014
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has added $102.9 million into its Indian wholesale business, according to Reuters.

Famous Brands Inks Deal in the U.A.E.
July 22, 2014
Broomfield, Colo.-based Famous Brands Intl., the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, signed a new master franchise deal with Dubai-based The Luxury Gourmet Sweets and Candies.

Ross Stores Opens 30 New Locations
July 21, 2014
Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Stores recently announced the June and July openings of 23 Ross Dress for Less and seven dd's DISCOUNTS.

PBteen Opens Arizona Store
July 21, 2014
PBteen, a member of the San Francisco-based Williams-Sonoma Inc.’s portfolio of brands, recently opened a store at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, Ariz.

INDUSTRY NEWS

DLC Opens New Office
July 24, 2014
Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based DLC Inc. is expanding its presence with the addition of a new office in the United States.

Leggett & Platt Considers Sale of Store Fixtures Business
July 23, 2014
Carthage, Mo.-based Leggett & Platt has engaged an investment banker and is exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible divestiture of its store fixtures business unit.

CBX Appoints Retail Veteran to Branded Environments Team
July 23, 2014
Global brand agency CBX has appointed Anthony Simon as group director of its branded environments team.

Genesis Mannequins Announces Formation of Genesis Mannequins USA LLC
July 22, 2014
Joe Klinow, formerly of Mondo Mannequins and Econoco Corp., and Andreas Gesswein of Genesis Display GmbH, recently announced the formation of Genesis Mannequins USA LLC.

Ideation Design Group Adds Account Manager
July 22, 2014
Phoenix-based interior architecture and design firm Ideation Design Group recently hired Ravin Crosby as an account manager.

OpenEye Grows Retail Design Team
July 22, 2014
New York-based OpenEye, a global digital media consultancy, has added three executives to its growing retail practice.

Aristech Acrylics, Avonite Surfaces Join Forces
July 03, 2014
As of June 1, Aristech Acrylics and Avonite Surfaces are the globally recognized brands of Aristech Surfaces LLC.

Imagine Tile, Daltile Announce Partnership
July 03, 2014
Imagine Tile recently announced a new partnership with Daltile.

RockTenn Opens New Design Center
July 03, 2014
Norcross, Ga.-based RockTenn has opened a new collaboration center in Bentonville, Ark.

DVUV Unveils New Logo, Branding Strategy
June 25, 2014
Cleveland-based DVUV has unveiled a new, updated logo for its UV-cured powdercoating for wood business.