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Bonobos Founder Returns as CEO
August 28, 2015
Bonobos founder Andy Dunn will reassume his role as CEO, according to wwd.com. 

POCKET Shop Makes New York Debut
August 28, 2015
Comme des Garçons launched its first freestanding U.S. POCKET Shop on Aug. 27.

Carhartt Opens Detroit Flagship
August 28, 2015
Detroit-based work wear brand Carhartt has opened a flagship retail store in Midtown Detroit.

West Elm to Debut First-Ever Branded Shop-in-Shop
August 27, 2015
Brooklyn-based home furnishing retailer West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. portfolio of brands, announced it will open its first shop-in-shop in U.K. department store John Lewis.

Carrefour Announces Planned Acquisition of Rue du Commerce
August 27, 2015
Boulogne-Billancourt, France-based Carrefour has entered into exclusive negotiations with Altarea Cogedim for the acquisition of Rue du Commerce. 

Simon’s Chicago Premium Outlets Opens Multi-Million Dollar Expansion
August 27, 2015
Simon recently announced that its Chicago Premium Outlets opened an additional 250,000 sq. ft. of outdoor shopping space.

Finish Line Introduces PUMA-Branded In-Store Destinations
August 26, 2015
Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. has teamed up with PUMA for the launch of the PUMA edge at Finish Line.

UGG to Open Pop-Up Shops in Boston, New York Areas
August 26, 2015
The UGG brand, a division of Deckers Brands, will open two pop-up stores in Boston and Elizabeth, N.J. 

Brickell City Centre Continues Retail Rollout
August 26, 2015
South Florida-based international developer Swire Properties Inc. and retail co-developers Whitman Family Development and Simon Property Group, recently announced additional retail tenants for the Brickell City Centre development in downtown Miami.

Primark to Make U.S. Debut
August 25, 2015
Dublin-based fast-fashion chain Primark will make its U.S. debut with a store in Boston on Sept. 10, according to wwd.com.

Nine West Holdings Acquires Businesses From Canadian Licensee
August 25, 2015
New York-based Nine West Holdings Inc. recently announced that it has acquired substantially all of the business operations of Sherson Group Inc., which previously held the exclusive rights to the Nine West, Anne Klein and Easy Spirit brands in Canada. 

Corner Bakery Cafe Enters Washington Market
August 25, 2015
Oak Brook, Ill.-based Retail Properties of America Inc. has signed a new lease with Corner Bakery Cafe at Heritage Square in Seattle.

Sycamore Partners to Acquire Belk
August 24, 2015
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby New York-based private-equity firm Sycamore Partners will acquire the company in a transaction estimated at $3 billion. 

Repetto to Make U.S. Debut
August 24, 2015
French ballet brand Repetto will open its first-ever freestanding U.S. store in New York this fall, according to wwd.com.

Virginia Retail Development to Undergo Revitalization
August 24, 2015
The Cordish Cos. recently announced the overhaul and rebranding of the iconic Norfolk, Va., development Waterside Festival Marketplace as Waterside District.

Lucky Brand Unveils New Concept
August 21, 2015
Lucky Brand has introduced a new artisanal-meets-industrial concept with a new store at The Point in El Segundo, Calif., according to wwd.com. 

Walgreens Expands Clinic Offering in Northwest
August 21, 2015
Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens and Providence Health & Services recently announced a strategic clinical collaboration, which plans to bring up to 25 new retail clinics to Oregon and Washington. 

Olivia Kim Launches SPACE at Nordstrom
August 21, 2015
Seattle-based Nordstrom has launched SPACE, a new shop curated by Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s director of creative projects.

Starbucks Continues Puerto Rican Expansion
August 20, 2015
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. and Baristas Del Caribe LLC recently announced that Baristas Del Caribe has acquired exclusive rights to operate Starbucks stores in Puerto Rico. 

John Varvatos Makes Southern California Debut
August 20, 2015
New York-based John Varvatos Enterprises has opened its newest retail location at Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego. 

Kroger Creates Two Texas Supermarket Divisions
August 20, 2015
Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. recently announced the establishment of two new supermarket divisions, a Dallas division and a Houston division. 

CitySCENE Hits Columbus Aug. 26
August 19, 2015
design:retail’s next CitySCENE networking event will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 26. 

DICK’s Sporting Goods to Introduce New In-Store Shops
August 19, 2015
DICK’s Sporting Goods will be adding new brands to its stores, according to Pittsburgh Business Times.

Hudson's Bay Co. Appoints Former Kohl’s Exec as CIO
August 19, 2015
Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) has appointed Janet Schalk as its new CIO.

POPAI to Host Asia Summit in September
August 18, 2015
Global industry association Point of Purchase Advertising Intl. (POPAI) will host the POPAI Asia Summit Sept. 1-2 at Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. 

Lagardère Travel Retail to Acquire Paradies
August 18, 2015
Lagardère Travel Retail has agreed to acquire airport travel retailer Paradies for $530 million from Freeman Spogli & Co., the Paradies family and other shareholders.

Haggen Announces Plans to Streamline Operations
August 18, 2015
Bellingham, Wash.-based Haggen, the West Coast regional grocer, announced that in order to continue to improve its business and strengthen its competitive position, it has decided to close or sell a number of locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. 

RH to Launch RH Teen
August 17, 2015
Corte Madera, Calif.-based RH (Restoration Hardware) will launch a new RH Teen concept in late September. 

Bauer Hockey Unveils Hockey Experience Retail Store
August 17, 2015
Burlington, Mass.-based Bauer Hockey, a subsidiary of Performance Sports Group Ltd., recently opened its first-ever OWN THE MOMENT Hockey Experience store. 

Curbside Launches at Target in New York, New Jersey
August 17, 2015
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Curbside has expanded its service to New York and New Jersey with the rollout of 10 new Target locations. 

Rebecca Minkoff to Open Largest-Ever Store in Los Angeles
August 14, 2015
Rebecca Minkoff is set to open its largest store in the world on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, according to wwd.com.

DSW to Expand Footprint this Fall
August 14, 2015
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. will open 22 new stores this fall. 

REI Names Former Nordstrom Exec First-Ever CIO
August 14, 2015
Seattle-based REI has promoted Julie Averill to its new position of chief information officer (CIO). 

Macy’s to Remodel Brooklyn Store
August 13, 2015
New York-based Macy’s Inc. and Tishman Speyer have signed a real estate purchase and sale agreement that will enable a re-creation of Macy’s Brooklyn store in New York.

Lowe’s Opens High-Tech Manhattan Stores
August 13, 2015
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s will make its Manhattan debut with two stores, the first of which will open this month, according to New York Daily News.

Cost Plus World Market Makes New York Debut
August 13, 2015
Oakland, Calif.-based Cost Plus World Market has opened its first-ever New York store. 

Starbucks Las Vegas to Feature Unique-to-Location Design
August 12, 2015
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. will open a new Las Vegas store in the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s later this month, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Boston’s Copley Place to Undergo Renovation
August 12, 2015
Global retail real estate company Simon recently announced plans for a major renovation of Boston’s high-end shopping destination Copley Place slated to begin in September. 

Jamba Juice Launches Mobile Order-Ahead App
August 12, 2015
Emeryville, Calif.-based Jamba Inc. is rolling out the first phase of its new mobile order-ahead app at 200 stores.

Forever 21 Spinoff to Debut in Canada
August 11, 2015
Los Angeles-based Forever 21 will launch its spinoff brand F21 Red in the Canadian market this fall, according to wwd.com. 

Saks OFF 5TH to Open Chicago Store
August 11, 2015
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH has leased 23,527 sq. ft. of retail space at 6 S. State St. at the intersection of State and Madison in Chicago’s Downtown Loop. 

Amazon to Open Illinois Fulfillment Center
August 11, 2015
Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. plans to open a nearly 500,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in Joliet, Ill. 

Warby Parker Launches Nordstrom Pop-Up Stores
August 10, 2015
Warby Parker has partnered with Nordstrom to feature its eyeglasses as part of the department store’s monthly pop-up shops, according to the New York Business Journal. 

Chick-fil-A to Make New York Debut in October
August 10, 2015
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Inc. will open its first freestanding restaurant in New York on Oct. 3. 

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to Revamp Terminal D Retail
August 10, 2015
Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport will revolutionize the customer experience inside International Terminal D with an expansive new duty-free shopping experience that includes luxury and premium retail brands. 

Sunglass Hut Opens Two London Stores
August 07, 2015
Sunglass Hut has opened two new London stores at Westfield London and Stratford City.

C. Wonder Continues Revival
August 07, 2015
Xcel Brands Inc. has completed its acquisition of the C. Wonder brand for $12.5 million from Burch Acquisition LLC, according to wwd.com. 

Sycamore Partners Acquires German Multichannel Retailer
August 07, 2015
New York-based Sycamore Partners has acquired Germany-based E.M.P. Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH (EMP), a multichannel retailer of entertainment-inspired apparel and accessories.

Nike Unveils Revamped Seattle Flagship
August 06, 2015
Nike recently updated its Seattle location with a new high-tech design, according to Business Insider. 

Kriser’s Natural Pet Continues Expansion
August 06, 2015
Chicago-based Kriser’s Natural Pet will open two new Chicago-area stores in August. 

Vitamin Shoppe on Track to Open 50 Stores in 2015
August 06, 2015
North Bergen, N.J.-based Vitamin Shoppe Inc. plans to open approximately 50 new stores this year. 

CitySCENE Hits Columbus Aug. 26
August 05, 2015
design:retail’s next CitySCENE networking event will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 26. 

Target Rebranding Small-Format Stores
August 05, 2015
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. recently announced that it will rebrand its newer formats CityTarget and TargetExpress as “Target.” 

Deliv Continues Expansion
August 05, 2015
Menlo Park, Calif.-based same-day delivery company Deliv has expanded into nine new markets and will reach more than 100 cities.

Barnes & Noble Completes Education Spin-Off
August 04, 2015
New York-based Barnes & Noble Inc. has completed the separation of its retail and college businesses. 

John Lewis Launches Contemporary Retail Space
August 04, 2015
British retailer John Lewis will launch a retail space called Found next month, according wwd.com. 

Meijer Opens Additional Wisconsin Stores
August 04, 2015
Continuing an estimated $750 million investment in Wisconsin, Meijer has opened two more stores in Wauwatosa and Oak Creek. 

COS to Open Four U.S. Stores
August 03, 2015
London-based COS, a sister brand to Stockholm-based H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), plans to expand in the United States, with plans for four new stores this fall/winter.

ModCloth Opens First Bricks-and-Mortar Store
August 03, 2015
Pittsburgh-based ModCloth made its bricks-and-mortar debut on July 30 with a Fit Shop in San Francisco.

Field & Stream Opens Alabama Store
August 03, 2015
Pittsburgh-based Field & Stream will open an Alabama store on Aug. 6.

Whole Foods Market Announces First 365 Concept Locations
July 31, 2015
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market has announced the first five leases for its streamlined, value-oriented 365 by Whole Foods Market brand, with store openings scheduled through 2017. 

J. Crew Mercantile Continues Expansion
July 31, 2015
New York-based J. Crew will open its second J. Crew Mercantile store at The Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa, Wis., according to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. 

7-Eleven to Debut in Vietnam
July 31, 2015
Dallas-based 7‑Eleven Inc. (SEI) has signed a master franchise agreement with Seven System Vietnam Co. Ltd. to develop and operate 7‑Eleven stores in Vietnam.

POPAI to Host Asia Summit in September
July 30, 2015
Global industry association Point of Purchase Advertising Intl. (POPAI) will host the POPAI Asia Summit Sept. 1-2 at Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.

Grafton Fraser Acquires Canadian Jones New York Stores
July 30, 2015
Toronto-based Canadian men’s retailer Grafton Fraser Inc. has acquired all 35 Jones New York retail stores across Canada. 

TJX Purchases Australian Off-Price Retailer
July 30, 2015
Framingham, Mass.-based The TJX Cos. Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Trade Secret, an off-price retailer that operates 35 stores in Australia, from Gazal Corp. Ltd. 

design:retail State of the Retail Design Industry Survey
July 29, 2015
Complete design:retail’s annual State of the Retail Design Industry Survey and share how you feel about the future of the industry! 

Patagonia Relocates New York Store
July 29, 2015
Ventura, Calif.-based Patagonia has opened a new, revamped store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.

Hurricane Grill & Wings to Launch European Expansion
July 29, 2015
West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Hurricane Grill & Wings, the beach-inspired full-service restaurant franchise, recently announced its foray into international territory with a development agreement for 25 restaurants. 

Columbia Sportswear Continues Performance Fishing Gear Concept Expansion
July 28, 2015
Global outdoor retailer Columbia Sportswear Co. has opened its newest Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) concept store in Miami’s The Falls. 

A Pea in the Pod Opens Shop in Harrods
July 28, 2015
Philadelphia-based Destination Maternity Corp. has opened a A Pea in the Pod shop-in-shop at Harrods, the iconic Knightsbridge department store in London. 

Southeastern Grocers to Transfer BI-LO Stores to K-VA-T Food Stores Inc.
July 28, 2015
K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. and Southeastern Grocers announced that they have entered into an agreement under which K-VA-T will acquire 29 BI-LO stores located in Chattanooga, Tenn., and northwest Georgia from Southeastern Grocers.

ASBPE Honors design:retail with Azbee Awards
July 27, 2015
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) recently honored design:retail with multiple Azbee awards, including the Gold award in the Magazine Redesign category.

Lowe’s Canada Continues Expansion
July 27, 2015
Toronto-based Lowe's Canada announced that in addition to completing the acquisition of 12 former Target sites, the company also plans to open two more locations in Ontario.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Announces Growth Plans
July 27, 2015
Atlanta-based Tropical Smoothie Café has signed 77 franchise agreements in the first and second quarters of 2015 as the brand continues its nationwide expansion.

Charming Charlie Opens First International Retail Stores
July 24, 2015
Houston, Texas-based Charming Charlie has opened the brand’s first locations outside of North America with two new retail stores at City Centre Mirdif and Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai. 

Bluestar Alliance Acquires Limited Too
July 24, 2015
New York-based brand management company Bluestar Alliance LLC has acquired the Limited Too brand trademarks.

Sicis to Open New York Showroom
July 24, 2015
Ravenna, Italy-based Sicis The Art Factory will soon open a new five-story townhouse on Fifth Avenue in New York.

Tempur-Pedic Opens Utah Sleep Center
July 23, 2015
Tempur-Pedic North America LLC and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) recently announced the opening of the Tempur-Pedic Sleep Center at the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah.

Walmart to Enter Wholesale Market in India
July 23, 2015
Two years after dropping its plans to open retail outlets across India, Walmart is adjusting its strategy and expanding its wholesale presence, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tenants Announced for Miami Development
July 23, 2015
Following the recent announcement of luxury brands Valentino and Chopard joining Miami’s open-air Brickell City Centre, developer Swire Properties Inc., along with Whitman Family Development and Simon Property Group, announced the next group of confirmed retailers. 

ETC Architectural Names New National Sales Manager
July 22, 2015
Middleton, Wis.-based ETC Architectural has named Karl Haas its architectural national sales manager. 

Belk to Open Alabama Flagship
July 22, 2015
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk Inc. is opening a new 230,000-sq.-ft. flagship location at The Shoppes at Bel Air to serve the greater-Mobile, Ala., area. 

West Elm to Make South Carolina Debut
July 22, 2015
Home furnishings retailer West Elm will open its first South Carolina retail store in the Upper King District of Charleston on Aug. 13.

Rizzoli to Open Revamped New York Bookstore
July 22, 2015
Rizzoli will open its new flagship bookstore on July 27 at 1133 Broadway in New York’s NoMad district. 

Stop & Shop to Acquire 25 A&P Stores
July 21, 2015
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC has entered into an agreement with The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. to acquire 25 A&P stores in greater New York for $146 million. 

littleBits to Open New York Pop-Up Store
July 21, 2015
New York-based littleBits Electronics Inc., a hardware startup aimed at empowering people to create inventions with its platform of electronic building blocks, is opening its first-ever littleBits store in New York.

Dunkin’ Donuts Continues West Coast Expansion
July 21, 2015
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has signed multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups for a total commitment of 26 new restaurants in Fresno, Calif., and San Francisco over the next several years. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Debut Women’s Specialty Stores
July 20, 2015
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods is launching Chelsea Collective, a women’s specialty fitness and lifestyle boutique. 

Xcel Brands to Acquire C. Wonder
July 20, 2015
New York-based Xcel Brands Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the C. Wonder brand, consisting of the C. Wonder trademarks and related designs and other intellectual property rights.

Ross Stores Opens 27 New Locations
July 20, 2015
Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Stores recently opened 19 Ross Dress for Less and eight dd's DISCOUNTS stores across 15 different states in July.

Mall of America to Debut Crayola Attraction
July 17, 2015
Crayola recently announced that it will bring Crayola Experience to the Mall of America in summer 2016. 

Stride Rite Launches New Brand Platform
July 17, 2015
Lexington, Mass.-based Stride Rite is launching its new “Built for Childhood” platform. 

Starbucks to Open Stores in Diverse, Urban Communities
July 17, 2015
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. recently announced plans to open stores in 15 diverse, low- to medium-income urban communities across the United States, with at least five stores expected to open in 2016.

Target Continues Small-Format Expansion
July 16, 2015
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. will open its fourth TargetExpress store in St. Paul, Minn., on July 26, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 

FAO Schwarz Closes Fifth Avenue Store
July 16, 2015
FAO Schwarz officially closed its Fifth Avenue store on July 15.

Porsche Opens Fine Dining Restaurant at Atlanta Experience Center
July 16, 2015
Porsche Cars North America Inc. has opened the doors to its new fine-dining Restaurant 356 concept in Atlanta.

Starbucks to Make South African Debut in 2016
July 15, 2015
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. and Taste Holdings have entered into a licensed partnership that will see Starbucks stores open across South Africa.

Barnes & Noble Board Approves Education Spin-Off
July 15, 2015
New York-based Barnes & Noble Inc. has announced the timing and details regarding the spin-off of Barnes & Noble Education Inc. from Barnes & Noble. 

Whole Foods to Anchor New Atlanta Development
July 15, 2015
Midtown Atlanta’s new mixed-use tower will feature a Whole Foods Market store, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. 

Birchbox to Debut ‘Road Trip’ Pop-Up Stores
July 14, 2015
New York-based Birchbox is kicking off a voting campaign to bring an offline shopping experience to three U.S. cities this summer. 

Mall of Qatar to Open Early 2016
July 14, 2015
Construction of the Mall of Qatar in Al Rayyan, Qatar, is 70 percent complete and the project is set to open in 2016, according to the contractor, UrbaCon Trading & Contracting. 

Macy’s Closing Downtown Pittsburgh Store
July 14, 2015
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. has sold its downtown Pittsburgh building at 400 Fifth Ave. to Philadelphia-based Core Realty, which is planning a major mixed-use redevelopment for the historic building. 

J.Crew to Introduce Value-Driven Concept
July 13, 2015
New York-based J.Crew Group Inc. is launching a new initiative, J.Crew Mercantile.

Fabletics to Open First Bricks-and-Mortar Stores
July 13, 2015
Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. (GGP) recently announced that Fabletics, the online activewear and accessories line co-founded by actress Kate Hudson, will open its first bricks-and-mortar stores at five GGP locations this fall. 

Crate & Barrel Names New CEO
July 13, 2015
Northbrook, Ill.-based Crate & Barrel has named Restoration Hardware executive Doug Diemoz its new CEO, effective Aug. 1, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

Target Debuts San Francisco Smart Home Showcase
July 10, 2015
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. has opened a new experimental store showcasing gadgets for the connected home in San Francisco, according to Fortune. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Introduce Dual-Banner Concept
July 10, 2015
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods will debut its new All-American Sports Center on July 23 at McGowin Park in Mobile, Ala. 

Fresh Thyme Market Continues Expansion
July 10, 2015
Midwestern grocery retailer Fresh Thyme Market will open two new Indiana stores in Carmel and Westfield on Aug. 6. 

Nike Opens Largest-Ever India Store
July 09, 2015
Nike has opened its largest store in India, located on Brigade Road in Bengaluru. 

Apple to Open Another New York Store
July 09, 2015
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple will open another New York retail store at the Queens Center shopping mall on July 11, according to AppleInsider. 

Salata Unveils New Restaurant Prototype
July 09, 2015
Houston-based restaurant company Salata will introduce a new prototype with the opening of its Pearland, Texas, location in mid-July.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Open 51 New Restaurants in Virginia, West Virginia
July 08, 2015
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has signed multi-unit store development agreements with seven franchise groups to develop 51 new restaurants in Virginia and West Virginia over the next several years. 

West Elm to Open Another New York State Store
July 08, 2015
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based West Elm will open its ninth store in the state of New York in Rochester on July 23.

Natural Grocers to Open 100th Store
July 08, 2015
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Natural Grocers will open its fifth store in Arizona on Aug. 11.

Call for GlobalShop Speakers
July 07, 2015
“Come Wondering. Leave Knowing” is the theme for GlobalShop 2016, which will be held March 23-25 in Las Vegas. 

Dollar Tree Completes Acquisition of Family Dollar
July 07, 2015
Chesapeake, Va.-based Dollar Tree Inc. has completed the acquisition of Family Dollar Stores Inc.

Pollo Tropical to Open Two Nashville-Area Locations
July 07, 2015
Miami-based fast-casual restaurant Pollo Tropical is expanding its presence in Tennessee with two new locations opening in Nashville and Madison this month.

American Girl Continues International Expansion
July 06, 2015
Middleton, Wis.-based American Girl, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc., has opened its first-ever American Girl shop-in-shop boutiques in Mexico with El Palacio de Hierro.

Clas Ohlson to Open London Store
July 06, 2015
Swedish hardware store chain Clas Ohlson will open a new store in Ealing Broadway Centre in London. 

Sound Sleep Opens Washington Showroom
July 06, 2015
Sound Sleep Products has leased more than 4,000 sq. ft. of showroom space in downtown Tacoma, Wash.

Brand Keys Survey Reveals America’s Most Patriotic Brands
July 02, 2015
A recent Brand Keys survey of iconic American brands has revealed which brands consumers consider the most “patriotic,” with Jeep, Coca-Cola, Disney and Ralph Lauren topping the list.

Best Buy Unveils New Samsung In-Store Shop Concept
July 02, 2015
Richfield, Minn.-based Best Buy Corp. has introduced a new Samsung Open House concept.

Casino Restauration Partnership to Open Starbucks Stores Across France
July 02, 2015
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. and Casino Restauration (a subsidiary of Groupe Casino) have agreed upon a licensed partnership that will open Starbucks stores within Géant Casino Hypermarkets and Casino Supermarkets across France.

Pinterest Launches Buyable Pins
July 01, 2015
San Francisco-based Pinterest recently announced the availability of buyable Pins, allowing the Pinterest users to buy products on the site. 

STORES Magazine Releases Top 100 Retailers Ranking
July 01, 2015
STORES Magazine has released its annual ranking of the Top 100 U.S. retailers by domestic sales.

Pep Boys Announces Review of Strategic Alternatives
July 01, 2015
Philadelphia-based The Pep Boys has announced that its board of directors is reviewing strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value, including a possible sale, merger, or other form of business combination or strategic transaction.

AT&T to Open in Philadelphia’s Center City
June 30, 2015
Dallas-based AT&T Mobility will open a new store in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. 

Roundy’s Opens Chicago Mariano’s Store
June 30, 2015
Milwaukee-based grocer Roundy’s Inc. will open its newest Mariano’s location in Glenview, Ill.

Corner Bakery Cafe Looks to Expand in Airport Sector
June 30, 2015
Dallas-based Corner Bakery Cafe recently announced plans to expand in the airport sector. 

Gap to Take Over Toys ‘R’ Us Times Square Location
June 29, 2015
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. will take over Toys “R” Us Inc.’s Times Square flagship location in 2017, according to BloombergBusiness.

Everlast to Make Bricks-and-Mortar Debut
June 29, 2015
Boxing gear company Everlast Worldwide Inc., owned by U.K.-based Brands Holdings, will open its first-ever store this summer, according to the Sun Sentinel. 

Johnny Rockets Continues Global Growth
June 29, 2015
Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Johnny Rockets continues its international growth with plans to open its first stores in Poland.

Sears Unveils Connected Solutions Flagship
June 26, 2015
Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears has launched a Connected Solutions flagship store in San Bruno, Calif. 

BaubleBar to Make Bricks-and-Mortar Debut
June 26, 2015
Online jewelry retailer BaubleBar will open its first-ever store, according to Forbes.

Champs Sports, Under Armour Launch Store-Within-a-Store Concept
June 26, 2015
Bradenton, Fla.-based Champs Sports is collaborating with Under Armour to launch The ARMOURY at Champs Sports.

West Elm to Open in Atlanta’s Ponce City Market
June 25, 2015
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based West Elm will open its third store in Atlanta at Ponce City Market on June 25.

Bruegger's Bagels, Jamba Juice to Open Co-Branded Stores
June 25, 2015
Dallas-based Bruegger's Bagels and Jamba Juice will open nine co-branded stores in the Midwest, on the East Coast and in New England.

James Avery Opens Texas Store
June 25, 2015
Kerrville, Texas-based James Avery has opened a new store at Baytown Plaza in Baytown, Texas.

Ahold, Delhaize Announce Merger
June 24, 2015
Netherlands-based Ahold and Belgian international food retailer Delhaize have announced plans combine their businesses through a merger of equals. 

Meijer Unveils First Wisconsin Stores
June 24, 2015
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer has moved into its sixth state, opening its first two Wisconsin supercenters.

NRF: Back-to-School Spending to Increase this Year
June 24, 2015
According to a recent poll conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF), which surveyed more than 6,400 adults with children in K-12 and college, found that 29 percent of households with school-age kids plan to spend more than last year for back to school, compared with nearly 24 percent who said the same thing this time last year.

Nordstrom Rack to Open in Honolulu
June 23, 2015
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a new Nordstrom Rack at Waikiki Trade Center in Honolulu.

Robert Graham to Open Texas Store
June 23, 2015
New York-based Robert Graham plans to open a branded retail store featuring the full Robert Graham collection at the Shops at La Cantera in San Antonio, Texas. 

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Inks First Asian Franchise Deal
June 23, 2015
Pittsburgh-based Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is expanding to South Korea. 

Office Depot Shareholders Approve Staples Acquisition
June 22, 2015
Boca Raton, Fla.-based Office Depot Inc. recently announced that its shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the proposal for Staples to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company. 

Anna’s Linens Files for Bankruptcy
June 22, 2015
Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group began going-out-of-business sales at all Anna's Linens retail locations on June 19.

Dunkin' Donuts Continues Expansion in Hotel Sector
June 22, 2015
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts opened its newest hotel location at the Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio, making it the fifth restaurant to open under a franchising agreement between Dunkin' Donuts and Great Wolf Resorts.

Apple to Revamp Stores
June 19, 2015
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple will begin revamping its stores in July, according to Apple Insider. 

Starbucks to Shutter La Boulange Stores
June 19, 2015
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. recently announced that it will close all 23 La Boulange retail (bakery café) locations, as well as the two manufacturing facilities that serve those locations, by the end of September 2015.

CVS Health Opens Boston Digital Innovation Lab
June 19, 2015
Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health has opened a Digital Innovation Lab in Boston.

design:retail Portfolio Awards: Vote Now!
June 18, 2015
design:retail invites you to take part in the annual reader survey that determines the winners of the 2015 Portfolio Awards, which also will be featured in the September issue of design:retail. 

David Yurman Opens Galeries Lafayette Boutique
June 18, 2015
New York-based David Yurman opened its newest location in Galeries Lafayette in Paris on June 17.

HoneyBaked Announces First International Storefront
June 18, 2015
Atlanta-based The Honey Baked Ham Co. LLC will open its first international retail location at the end of July in Tokyo.

Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering
June 17, 2015
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. has expanded its Mobile Order & Pay offer to stores in 21 more states in the southern and central United States.

Jared Opens First-Ever Le Vian-Branded Store
June 17, 2015
Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry has introduced its first-ever Le Vian by Jared store at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, N.Y.

ABG Acquires Frederick’s of Hollywood
June 17, 2015
Authentic Brands Group LLC (ABG) has purchased lingerie brand Frederick’s of Hollywood.

CitySCENE Hits Toronto on June 30
June 16, 2015
design:retail will host its next CitySCENE event in Toronto on June 30. 

Gap Inc. Announces Strategic Initiatives, Store Closures
June 16, 2015
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. recently announced a series of strategic actions to position the Gap brand for improved business performance and build for the future.

Hudson’s Bay to Acquire Germany’s Leading Department Store
June 16, 2015
Toronto-based Hudson's Bay Co. (HBC) has entered into a definitive agreement with METRO AG to acquire Galeria Holding, the parent company of German department store Kaufhof. 

CVS Health to Acquire, Rebrand Target Pharmacies
June 15, 2015
Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health Corp. and Minneapolis-based Target Corp. have entered into a definitive agreement for CVS Health to acquire Target’s pharmacy and clinic businesses for approximately $1.9 billion. 

Lidl Confirms U.S. Expansion
June 15, 2015
Neckarsulm, Germany-based Lidl confirmed plans to enter the United States, according to Supermarket News. 

Apple Opens Upper East Side Store
June 15, 2015
Apple has opened its sixth Manhattan store on the Upper East Side, according to Apple Insider. 

Whole Foods Market Introduces 365 Concept
June 12, 2015
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market Inc. has announced the name of its new streamlined, value-focused brand: 365 by Whole Foods Market.

RH Launches RH Modern
June 12, 2015
Corte Madera, Calif.-based RH, Restoration Hardware, has introduced its new business division, RH Modern.

Shoe Carnival to Debut Small-Market Format
June 12, 2015
Evansville, Ind.-based Shoe Carnival Inc. has launched of a new, complementary, small-market store concept. 

Nordstrom to Open California Store
June 11, 2015
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a full-line store in a new open-air retail promenade in Carlsbad, Calif.

Five Below to Make Florida Debut
June 11, 2015
Philadelphia-based Five Below will make its initial entry into Florida with the opening of nine stores on June 12.

Cabela’s Continues Canada Expansion
June 11, 2015
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. continues to expand in Canada with a new store in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

RH to Announce Launch of New Business
June 10, 2015
Corte Madera, Calif.-based RH, Restoration Hardware, will announce plans for the launch of a new business on June 11 after market close. 

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to Open in Delaware
June 10, 2015
New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH announced plans to open a new store at Christiana Fashion Center in Christiana, Del., in October.

Robert Graham to Open Washington Store
June 10, 2015
New York-based Robert Graham will open a branded retail store featuring the full Robert Graham collection at Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Wash.

Honey Baked Ham Combines U.S. Operations
June 09, 2015
 The owners of the Honey Baked Ham announced that it is consolidating three regionalized operating divisions, previously based in Georgia, Michigan and Ohio.

Yankee Candle Launches New Scent Marketing Division
June 09, 2015
South Deerfield, Mass.-based The Yankee Candle Co. Inc. announced the launch of a new commercial scent division, Scent Systems by Yankee Candle.

Which Wich Unveils New Digital Ordering Experience
June 09, 2015
Which Wich, the national, fast-casual sandwich brand, has unveiled a new digital ordering experience available at all its restaurants across the United States.

Sanrio, Universal Parks & Resorts to Open Hello Kitty Store Concept
June 08, 2015
Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for Hello Kitty, and Universal Parks & Resorts have partnered to develop Hello Kitty interactive retail experience shops, scheduled to open later this year.

Lumber Liquidators Opens New Stores, Remodels Existing Locations
June 08, 2015
In the first half of 2015, Toano, Va.-based Lumber Liquidators, the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, added to its growing national footprint by opening eight new stores and remodeling 10 others.

Del Monte Launches Fresh Market in Saudi Arabia
June 08, 2015
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. recently launched its Del Monte Fresh Market retail concept in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

Blue Nile Opens First Store
June 05, 2015
Seattle-based online retailer Blue Nile has opened its first physical store in Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, N.Y. 

Tesco Considers Sale of South Korea Operations
June 05, 2015
Tesco PLC, the U.K.’s largest supermarket retailer, is considering a sale of its South Korea retail operations, potentially raising up to $7 billion to fund its turnaround efforts, according to reports.

Hudson’s Bay Co. Named One of Canada’s 50 Best Corporate Citizens
June 05, 2015
Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) has been recognized as one of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights magazine, coming in at No. 50. 

Pinterest to Offer “Buy” Button
June 04, 2015
San Francisco-based Pinterest is partnering with retailers to offer a “buy” button, enabling users to instantly purchase products they find while pinning. 

Charming Charlie Opens New York Flagship
June 04, 2015
This week, Houston-based accessories retailer Charming Charlie opened a three-story flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York. 

Walmart Tops Fortune 500
June 04, 2015
Fortune magazine released its latest Fortune 500 list today, and for the third year in a row, Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is No. 1 on the list. 

Call for GlobalShop Speakers
June 03, 2015
“Come Wondering. Leave Knowing” is the theme for GlobalShop 2016, which will be held March 23-25 in Las Vegas. To that end, GlobalShop is seeking fresh new voices for its conference programs.

Gap Opens First Store in India
June 03, 2015
Arvind Lifestyle Brands, the Indian franchisee of San Francisco-based Gap Inc., has opened India’s first Gap store in Delhi.

West Elm to Open First Wisconsin Retail Store
June 03, 2015
 Brooklyn, N.Y.-based home furnishings retailer West Elm is opening its first Wisconsin store in Milwaukee.

China Ranked Top Country for Retail Development
June 02, 2015
In a report released by A.T. Kearney, China is ranked as the top country in the Global Retail Development Index (GRDI) for the first time since 2010.

GameStop to Acquire Geeknet
June 02, 2015
Grapevine, Texas-based GameStop Corp. and Fairfax, Va.-based Geeknet announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which GameStop will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Geeknet’s common stock for $20 per share in cash.

Dunkin’ Donuts Opens in Brazil
June 02, 2015
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has opened its first site in Brazil.

Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s to Offer Customized Alterations for Online Purchases
June 01, 2015
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement with zTailors, a nationwide on-demand digital tailor network, to provide customized alterations services for customers who buy men’s and women’s garments online.

McAlister's Deli to Expand into South Florida
June 01, 2015
Alpharetta, Ga.-based McAlister's Deli announced that it has signed a multi-unit development agreement to expand into South Florida.

Dollar General Opens 12,000th Store
June 01, 2015
 Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General Corp. has opened its 12,000th store in the small, historic town of Juliette, Ga.

Ines de la Fressange Returns to Retail with Paris Store
May 29, 2015
Inès de la Fressange is relaunching her eponymous brand after 16 years with the opening of a 2,150-sq.-ft. store at 24 Rue de Grenelle in Paris.

Retailer George Melvin Ivey Jr. Dies at 91
May 29, 2015
George Melvin Ivey Jr., who expanded the chain of stores his grandfather founded from downtown centers into regional malls in the Carolinas and Florida, died on Thursday, May 28. He was 91.

Fresh Thyme Farmers, Total Wine & More Coming to Manchester Meadows, Mo.
May 29, 2015
 Oak Brook, Ill.-based Retail Properties of America Inc. recently announced that Fresh Thyme Farmers Market and Total Wine & More have both signed new leases at Manchester Meadows in Town and Country, Mo.

design:retail Honors 40 Under 40 Recipients, Announces New Awards Event for 2016

On May 18, design:retail honored the winners of its first-ever “40 Under 40,” a listing of the next generation of talented stars driving the future of retail design, at its 40 Under 40 CitySCENE event in New York. 

Dollar General Names CEO
May 28, 2015
Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General Corp. announced that its board of directors has named Todd J. Vasos, COO, to the position of CEO, and has elected him to the board, effective June 3. 

West Elm to Open Store in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Brooklyn, N.Y.-based home furnishings retailer West Elm will open a new store in Breton Village, located in Grand Rapids, Mich., on June 11. 

design:retail Forum 2015 Registration Now Open
May 27, 2015
Registration for the design:retail Forum is now open. This year’s event will be held at The Nines Hotel in Portland, Ore., from Sept. 24-26. 

La Vie en Rose Opens First Boutique in Panama
May 27, 2015
Canada’s leading lingerie retailer, Montreal-based Boutique la Vie en Rose Inc., has entered the South American market with the opening of its first boutique in Panama.

Robert Graham to Open New Retail Store at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta
May 27, 2015
Luxury lifestyle brand Robert Graham is opening a retail store in Phipps Plaza, located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. 

California Pizza Kitchen Ramps Up Remodeling Program
May 26, 2015
Playa Vista, Calif.-based California Pizza Kitchen Inc. (CPK) is accelerating its redesign plan with the goal of remodeling half of its 192 company-owned U.S. locations by the end of the year, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. 

Investment Group Acquires Fresh Produce Chain
May 26, 2015
Boulder, Colo.-based Fresh Produce Holdings LLC recently announced its sale to Blue Stripe LLC dba Fresh Produce. 

Bareburger Eyeing New Markets
May 26, 2015
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bareburger is looking to expand in the United States and Canada.

Lole to Open Montreal Flagship
May 22, 2015
Montreal-based activewear brand Lolë will open a new store this fall.

Kirkland's Announces Expansion Plans
May 22, 2015
Nashville, Tenn.-based home décor retailer Kirkland’s Inc. plans to open 35 to 40 new stores during fiscal 2015.

Krispy Kreme Launches Expansion
May 22, 2015
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme has signed development agreements to open 11 Krispy Kreme shops in Arkansas, Montana, Illinois and Kentucky over the next several years.

Meijer Acquires Aureus Health Services
May 21, 2015
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer has signed an agreement to acquire Pittsburgh-based pharmacy and health services company Aureus Health Services. 

Nordstrom Rack to Open California Store
May 21, 2015
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. will open its newest store at The Shops at La Jolla Village in La Jolla, Calif.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Opens 600th Restaurant
May 21, 2015
Atlanta-based Moe’s Southwest Grill opened its 600th restaurant in Salt Lake City this month. 

Disney Store Opens Largest-Ever Store in Shanghai
May 20, 2015
Disney Store has opened its flagship store in the popular Lujiazui area of Pudong, Shanghai.

Kohl’s Reportedly Introducing New ‘Off-Aisle’ Format
May 20, 2015
Kohl’s will unveil a new format called “Off-Aisle by Kohl’s” in Cherry Hill, N.J., according to Home & Textiles Today.

Texas Retail Development Announces New Tenants
May 20, 2015
Southlake Town Square in Southlake, Texas, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Retail Properties of America Inc., recently announced the addition of three new national retail brands: Kendra Scott, Vineyard Vines and Bluemercury.

HoneyBaked Ham Consolidates, Relocates Headquarters
May 19, 2015
Family-owned HoneyBaked Ham has consolidated three separate companies into a single corporate entity, according to the Detroit Free Press.

7-Eleven Acquires Tedeschi Food Shops
May 19, 2015
Dallas-based 7 Eleven Inc. has agreed to acquire Tedeschi Food Shops Inc.’s approximately 182 convenience stores in the greater-Boston area and in New Hampshire. 

Walmart to Open Virginia Neighborhood Market
May 19, 2015
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has signed a 42,000-sq.-ft. lease to open a Neighborhood Market at Nor-Dan Shopping Center in Danville, Va. 

Ascena Retail Group to Acquire Ann Inc.
May 18, 2015
Mahwah, N.J.-based Ascena Retail Group Inc. and New York-based Ann Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Ascena will acquire Ann Inc. 

McAlister’s Deli to Expand in Georgia, Florida
May 18, 2015
Alpharetta, Ga.-based McAlister’s Deli has signed three development agreements with new and existing franchisees to open restaurants in Southern Georgia and North, Central and Southwest Florida. 

FAO Schwarz to Close Fifth Avenue Flagship
May 18, 2015
FAO Schwarz will close its Fifth Avenue flagship in July, according to New York Business Journal. 

IKEA Debuts Pick-Up-Points Concept in Canada
May 15, 2015
IKEA Canada has announced that they have secured locations for their first two Pick-Up-Points in London and Quebec City.

Five Below Debuts in Kansas
May 15, 2015
Philadelphia, Pa.-based Five Below has opened its first stores in Kansas, marking its 24th state. 

Newk’s Eatery Continues Expansion
May 15, 2015
Jackson, Miss.-based Newk’s Eatery has announced a new development agreement with New Orleans-based Southeast Restaurant Group. 

REI Continues Commitment to Sustainability
May 14, 2015
Seattle-based REI recently announced in its 2014 Stewardship report that it has met its goal to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. 

Tanger Outlets Debuts Social Pop-Ups
May 14, 2015
Greensboro, N.C.-based Tanger Outlets debuted interactive social media stations at the grand opening of its newest location in Savannah, Ga. 

Private-Equity Firm Acquires Pet Supermarket
May 14, 2015
Atlanta-based private-equity firm Roark Capital Group announced that its affiliate has acquired pet specialty retailer Pet Supermarket from Charles E. West Jr., the company's founder.

design:retail to Host 40 Under 40 Awards, CitySCENE Event
May 13, 2015
To honor the recipients of the inaugural 40 Under 40, design:retail will host an awards event on May 18 at MANHATTAN NYC, an Affinia Hotel, located at 371 Seventh Ave. at 31st Street in New York.

H&M Stores to Feature New Beauty-Dedicated Areas
May 13, 2015
Swedish retailer H&M will debut its first full-range beauty collection with new, dedicated beauty areas within its stores. 

Tilted Kilt Launches Expansion
May 13, 2015
Tempe, Ariz.-based Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is expanding its presence in upstate New York and Pennsylvania.

Bonobos Names Former Coach Executive New CEO
May 12, 2015
Andy Dunn, the founder of New York-based menswear retailer Bonobos, is stepping down as the company’s CEO in June, according to New York Business Journal.

Corner Bakery Cafe Launches Southeast Expanding
May 12, 2015
Dallas-based Corner Bakery Café is looking to continue its expansion into the Southeast region of the United States. 

Fuddruckers Debuts First Maine Location
May 12, 2015
Texas-based Fuddruckers recently opened its first-ever Maine store.

Joe Fresh, JCPenney End Partnership
May 11, 2015
Toronto-based Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is pulling its Joe Fresh line from JCPenney department stores in the United States next year, according to the Huffington Post Canada. 

Clas Ohlson Opens New Swedish Store
May 11, 2015
Insjön, Sweden-based Clas Ohlson has signed a contract regarding a new store in the Mall of Scandinavia in Solna, Stockholm, Sweden.

Lowe’s Canada to Acquire Former Target Stores
May 11, 2015
Toronto-based Lowe’s Canada announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the leases of 13 former Target Canada locations.

H&M to Open Largest-Ever Flagship
May 08, 2015
Swedish retailer H&M, Hennes & Mauritz will open its Herald Center flagship in New York on May 20. 

Walmart Continues Investment in Canadian Market
May 08, 2015
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-based Walmart Canada has reached agreements to acquire one distribution center, 12 store leases and one owned property formerly held by Target Canada. 

Krispy Kreme Continues International Expansion
May 08, 2015
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme will open 12 stores in Guatemala.

Whole Foods to Debut Lower-Priced Format
May 07, 2015
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market Inc. will launch a new store concept geared toward Millennial shoppers.

Saks OFF 5TH to Make Canadian Debut
May 07, 2015
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, part of Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co.’s brand portfolio, recently revealed its first three store locations in Canada as it prepares to enter the Canadian marketplace next year. 

DSW Launches Omnichannel Strategy
May 07, 2015
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. is currently testing new endless aisle technology that brings to life the full breadth of choices within the DSW network. 

Build-A-Bear Expansion Plans Include Empire State Building Store
May 06, 2015
St. Louis-based Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. is looking to expand, with plans to open additional stores in places such as tourist locations, outlet malls and in-store shops.

Macy’s to Debut Off-Price Stores
May 06, 2015
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. recently announced that the first four pilot stores in Macy’s new off-price business, one of the company’s key growth initiatives, will open in fall 2015 in metro-New York.

IKEA Completes Solar Array Atop Kansas Store
May 06, 2015
Deft, Netherlands- based IKEA has plugged in Kansas’ largest rooftop solar array, atop the recently opened IKEA Merriam.

Tod’s Opens Atlanta Store
May 05, 2015
Tod’s has opened its ninth nationwide boutique in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. 

Coach Completes Acquisition of Stuart Weitzman
May 05, 2015
New York-based Coach Inc. has completed the acquisition of Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC, designer and manufacturer of women’s luxury footwear, from private-equity firm Sycamore Partners.

Cost Plus World Market Opens New Store
May 05, 2015
Oakland, Calif.-based Cost Plus World Market has opened its newly relocated store in Lafayette, La.

40 Under 40 Honorees Announced, design:retail to Host New York Awards Event
May 04, 2015
The recipients of design:retail’s inaugural 40 Under 40 have been announced. 

Hibbett Sports Opens 1,000th Location
May 04, 2015
Birmingham, Ala.-based Hibbett Sports Inc. recently announced the opening of its 1,000th store. 

Domino’s Continues Global Expansion
May 04, 2015
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino’s has opened a new store in the country of Georgia.

Starbucks Debuts Express Format in New York
May 01, 2015
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. debuted its express format with a new store on Wall Street in New York, according to the Huffington Post. 

Kroger Launches Indiana Expansion
May 01, 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger Co. is building 11 new stores in the Indianapolis area and will expand or remodel 22 others, according to the Indianapolis Star. 

New Tenants Announced for Louisiana Development
May 01, 2015
Stirling Properties and CBL & Associates Properties Inc. recently announced 12 new tenants for its Fremaux Town Center development in Slidell, La. 

JCPenney, Sephora Expand Partnership
April 30, 2015
Plano, Texas-based JCPenney will introduce its Sephora in-store shops to 25 additional stores, beginning May 1.

Foot Locker to Revamp New York Flagship Store
April 30, 2015
New York-based Foot Locker Inc. has signed a new retail lease to retain its flagship location at 112 W. 34th St., in the heart of Manhattan’s 34th Street corridor.

Lowe’s Innovation Labs Introduces 3-D Printing
April 30, 2015
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the innovation hub of Lowe's Companies Inc., is introducing in-store and online 3-D printing and scanning services to Orchard Supply Hardware.

AT&T to Open New Hawaii Store
April 29, 2015
Dallas-based AT&T will open its sixth Oahu location at Ka Makana Alii, the 1.4 million-sq.-ft. regional mall coming to West Oahu, Hawaii. 

Tide Expands Dry Cleaners Concept
April 29, 2015
Monarch LLC, in collaboration with Agile Pursuits Franchising Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Procter & Gamble (P&G), will open its newest Tide Dry Cleaners store in Apple Valley, Minn.

Roche Bros. Opens Boston Flagship Store
April 29, 2015
Locally owned and family-operated grocer Roche Bros. recently opened a flagship Downtown Crossing Boston supermarket in the newly restored Burnham Building.

NRF: Mother’s Day Spending to Reach $21.2 Billion
April 28, 2015
According to NRF’s 2015 Mother’s Day Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on mom this year, up nearly $10 from $162.94 last year and the highest amount in the survey’s 12-year history. 

Nespresso Opens Pilot Café
April 28, 2015
Lausanne, Switzerland-based Nespresso has opened a pilot Nespresso Café in Vienna’s Mariahilferstrasse, as part of a joint venture with super-premium food caterer DO&CO.

H-E-B Opens Chef-Inspired Restaurant
April 28, 2015
San Antonio, Texas-based H-E-B has opened a new restaurant next to the Schertz H-E-B Plus store in San Antonio, according to Supermarket News.

Shake Shack to Debut in Los Angeles
April 27, 2015
New York-based Shake Shack will open its first Los Angeles store in 2016. 

Dunkin’ Brands Continues Global Growth
April 27, 2015
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands Group is looking to open up to 750 new global units in 2015. 

Lane Bryant Opens Newest Store
April 27, 2015
Columbus, Ohio-based Lane Bryant has opened its newest store in San Diego. 

Nickelodeon to Open London Store
April 24, 2015
Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products’ will open a flagship Nickelodeon store in London’s Leicester Square on May 30, according to ToyNews.

Sears Continues Hometown Stores Refresh
April 24, 2015
Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears has completed the refresh of 13 Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Texas. 

O’Reilly Automotive to Open 205 Stores
April 24, 2015
Springfield, Mo.-based O’Reilly Automotive Inc. plans to open 205 new stores in 2015. 

ABG Acquires Jones New York
April 23, 2015
New York-based Authentic Brands Group LLC has purchased American fashion brand Jones New York. 

Canadian Grocer Eyeing Target Stores
April 23, 2015
Canadian grocery retailer Metro Inc. is interested in some of the stores being sold by Target Corp., according to Reuters.

DSW Announces New Stores
April 23, 2015
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. is opening new stores in Michigan, California and Washington. 

True Religion Unveils New York Flagship
April 22, 2015
Vernon, Calif.-based True Religion Apparel Inc. opened its first global flagship location in New York’s SoHo neighborhood on April 16. 

Pandora Opens Custom Retail Locations in Disney Parks
April 22, 2015
Copenhagen, Denmark-based Pandora Jewelry, in collaboration with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, has opened dedicated Pandora Jewelry boutiques within two Disney merchandise locations. 

Tanger Outlets Open in Connecticut
April 22, 2015
Greensboro, N.C.-based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. will open its newest center at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn., on May 21.

CitySCENE Hits Seattle on April 29
April 21, 2015
design:retail will host its next CitySCENE event in Seattle on April 29.

Corner Bakery Cafe Grows in Ohio
April 21, 2015
Corner Bakery Café, Dallas, recently announced a 13-location deal for the greater-Cleveland area, according to RestaurantNews.com. 

Glassing to Open Third Flagship
April 21, 2015
Italian retailer Glassing has opened its third flagship location in Taormina, Italy. 

Private-Equity Firm Acquires Wet Seal
April 20, 2015
On April 1, Philadelphia-based Versa Capital Management LLC completed the previously announced acquisition of Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based The Wet Seal Inc.

Frederick’s of Hollywood Closes Stores
April 20, 2015
Women’s lingerie retailer Frederick’s of Hollywood has closed its remaining bricks-and-mortar stores, according to Fortune.

Dunkin’ Donuts Expands in Minneapolis
April 20, 2015
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts plans to develop 10 new restaurants in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas of Bloomington, Edina and Eden Prairie, Minn., and the communities west of the metro area. 

Target Opens Lilly Pulitzer Pop-Up
April 17, 2015
Target has opened a Lilly Pulitzer pop-up shop at New York’s Bryant Park Grill showcasing its newest designer collaboration, according to wwd.com. 

Tourneau Opens New York Store
April 17, 2015
Tourneau has opened its third Manhattan location at Sixth Avenue and West 42nd Street. 

Brown Shoe Co. Launches Rebrand
April 17, 2015
St. Louis-based Brown Shoe Co. has launched a rebranding initiative aimed at accelerating growth and global expansion. 

PREIT, The Macerich Co. to Redevelop The Gallery in Philadelphia
April 16, 2015
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) and Macerich Co. have announced a joint venture partnership to redevelop The Gallery in downtown Philadelphia.

DICK’S Sporting Goods to Open 135 Stores
April 16, 2015
Pittsburgh-based DICK'S Sporting Goods Inc. expects to open 135-150 namesake stores during the next three years, focused on new and underserved markets. 

James Avery to Open New Texas Store
April 16, 2015
Texas-based James Avery has opened its newest store at North East Mall in Hurst, Texas. 

Kit and Ace Continues Expansion
April 15, 2015
Kit and Ace, a luxury leisurewear retailer with ties to Lululemon Athletica Inc., will open a new store in Milwaukee this summer, according to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Pet Supplies Plus to Open 200 Stores
April 15, 2015
Livonia, Mich.-based Pet Supplies Plus plans to open more than 200 new stores over the next five years.

99 Cents Only to Open Nine Stores
April 15, 2015
City of Industry, Calif.-based 99 Cents Only Stores Inc. plans to open nine new stores this month.

Verizon Opens Boston Destination Store
April 14, 2015
Verizon Wireless has opened a Boston Destination store, the first of its kind on the East Coast.

Fazoli’s Continues to Roll Out New Concept
April 14, 2015
Lexington, Ky.-based Fazoli’s continues to roll out its next-generation concept, expanding to 15 Lexington-area restaurants in Kentucky. 

Walgreens Launches Cost-Reduction Plan
April 14, 2015
Deerfield-Ill.-based Walgreens Boots Alliance, the combined entity formed following the December 2014 merger of Walgreen Co. and Alliance Boots GmbH, will close 200 U.S. stores. 

Sprint Opens 1,435 Co-Branded RadioShack Stores
April 13, 2015
Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint will more than double its company-owned retail footprint by opening 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores.

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to Open Beverly Hills Store
April 13, 2015
New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH will open its first store in Los Angeles County within the Beverly Connection shopping center in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Huddle House Accelerates Store Growth
April 13, 2015
Sandy Springs, Ga.-based Huddle House continued its expansion during the first three months of the year, opening four new restaurants and signing four franchise agreements representing additional locations to be opened by the end of the year.

Pier 1 Imports to Close 100 Stores
April 10, 2015
Fort Worth, Texas-based Pier 1 Imports recently announced that it will close 100 stores over the next three years, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

IKEA Breaks Ground on Las Vegas Store
April 10, 2015
Deft, Netherlands- based IKEA has officially broken ground on its future Las Vegas store.

Newk’s Eatery Announces Southern Market Expansion
April 10, 2015
Jackson, Miss.-based Newk’s Eatery is launching a Southern expansion, according to restaurantnews.com. 

CitySCENE Hits Seattle on April 29

design:retail will host its next CitySCENE event in Seattle on April 29.

Japanese Eyewear Brand JINS Set for U.S. Expansion
April 09, 2015
Tokyo-based eyewear brand JINS announced plans to expand into the U.S. market with the opening of its first U.S. flagship store in San Francisco in spring 2015. 

Harris Teeter to Exit Tennessee
April 09, 2015
Harris Teeter recently announced that it is exiting Tennessee, where it operates four stores, but three of the stores will go to parent company Kroger, according to Supermarket News.

Adidas to Open First RunBase in United States
April 08, 2015
adidas and the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon, recently announced the launch of Boston Marathon RunBase in partnership with Marathon Sports Inc. 

UNIQLO Continues U.S. Expansion
April 08, 2015
UNIQLO, a brand of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., has announced its next stage of expansion along the East and West Coasts and in the central United States.

99 Cents Only Continues California Expansion
April 08, 2015
City of Commerce, Calif.-based 99 Cents Only Stores is opening nine new stores in California between April 9-11.

Century 21 to Expand Outside of Northeast
April 07, 2015
New York-based Century 21 Department Store will open its first store outside of the Northeast in south Florida.

DAVIDsTEA to File for IPO, Launch U.S. Expansion
April 07, 2015
Quebec, Canada-based DAVIDsTEA is looking to file for a U.S. IPO.

Nordstrom Rack to Open Pittsburgh Store
April 07, 2015
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. will open its newest Nordstrom Rack store in Pittsburgh.

Cabela's Eyeing Eighth Canadian Store
April 06, 2015
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. recently announced that it is looking to open its eighth Canadian store in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Illinois Expansion
April 06, 2015
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has signed multi-unit store development agreements with two existing franchise groups to develop seven restaurants in Illinois over the next several years.

Chick-fil-A to Open Washington Stores
April 06, 2015
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Inc. announced the grand opening dates of its first three Washington state restaurants in the Puget Sound area.

Belk Exploring Strategic Alternatives
April 03, 2015
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk Inc. is exploring a sale that could value the family-owned and operated department store chain at as much as $4 billion, according to Reuters. 

Revlon Launches Pop-up Shop Concept
April 03, 2015
Revlon is launching a new Revlon LOVE IS ON Pop-up Shop concept across the country. 

IKEA Continues Solar Presence Expansion
April 03, 2015
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA has plugged in an expanded solar energy array atop its Boston-area store that opened nine years ago in Stoughton, Mass.

GlobalShop Announces People’s Choice Award Winner
April 02, 2015
GlobalShop recently announced that Fallston, N.C.-based Specialty Lighting was awarded this year’s People’s Choice Award. 

Investment-Management Firm to Acquire J.Jill
April 02, 2015
New York and London-based investment management firm TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase J.Jill, a multichannel fashion retailer of women’s apparel, accessories and footwear. 

Dairy Queen Announces European Expansion Plans
April 02, 2015
Minneapolis-based The Dairy Queen system, part of Berkshire Hathaway, announced that it will have a presence in Europe for the first time in more than 20 years. 

Hamleys Opens Moscow Toy Shop
April 01, 2015
London-based Hamleys opened Europe’s largest toy shop in Moscow on March 31.

Bloomingdale’s to Open New Connecticut Store
April 01, 2015
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. recently announced that Bloomingdale’s plans to open a 150,000-sq.-ft., three-level location in fall 2018 in an all-new shopping, dining and entertainment center being developed in Norwalk, Conn.

Target Accelerates Canadian Store Closures
April 01, 2015
Target Corp. plans on closing all of its Canadian stores sooner than originally planned, according to The Toronto Star. 

CitySCENE Hits Seattle on April 29
March 31, 2015
design:retail will host its next CitySCENE event in Seattle on April 29. The event will be held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Columbia Tower Club, located at 701 Fifth Avenue, 75th Floor.

TORRID Opens Chicago Flagship
March 31, 2015
Plus-size fashion brand TORRID has opened a flagship store in the heart of The Loop on State Street, Chicago's historic shopping district.

Cabela’s to Open Georgia Store
March 31, 2015
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s will open its newest Georgia store on May 13. 

Best Buy Canada to Consolidate Future Shop, Best Buy Stores
March 30, 2015
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada-based Best Buy Canada, a subsidiary of Best Buy Co. Inc., recently announced plans to consolidate its Future Shop and Best Buy stores and websites under the Best Buy brand.

DSW Announces New Store Locations
March 30, 2015
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. recently announced four new store locations. 

Steak 'n Shake Continues International Expansion
March 30, 2015
San Antonio, Texas-based Steak ’n Shake plans to open 15 new stores in Pakistan.

IKEA to Open Relocated California Store
March 27, 2015
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA will open a new, larger store in Burbank, Calif., less than one mile away from the company’s oldest store in the Western United States.

Nasty Gal Opens Second Store
March 27, 2015
California-based women’s vintage fashion retailer Nasty Gal has opened its second physical store.

Five Below to Open 70 Stores
March 27, 2015
Philadelphia-based Five Below Inc. plans to open 70 stores in 2015, up from 62 in 2014.

POPAI Announces OMA Award Winners
March 26, 2015
Last night, POPAI hosted its annual Outstanding Merchandising Awards (OMA) Celebration at the Four Seasons Ballroom in the Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas, recognizing the most innovative and effective marketing at-retail displays.

Coolege Lighting SQUARE Receives Best of GlobalShop Platinum Award
March 26, 2015
The Best of GlobalShop awards recognize the latest and most innovative products new to the market. Best in Show awards were given in the Platinum, Gold and Bronze level.

Ken Smart Wins 2015 Markopoulos Award
March 26, 2015
Each year, design:retail presents the Markopoulos Award to one outstanding professional from the visual merchandising and store design industry.

Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay Wins Store of the Year
March 25, 2015
Last night, the Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) recognized the best in retail design, store fixtures and visual presentation at its annual Design Awards celebration. 

GlobalShop Keynote Explores the Future of In-Store Shopping
March 25, 2015
GlobalShop 2015 kicked off yesterday with keynote speaker Nadia Shouraboura, founder and CEO of Hointer.

Edison Litho & Printing Corp. Awarded Best in Show Booth Award
March 25, 2015
Bergen, N.J.-based Edison Litho & Printing Corp. has been selected as the Best in Show booth winner for GlobalShop 2015. 

Welcome to GlobalShop 2015
March 24, 2015
Returning to Las Vegas this year, GlobalShop is the largest annual tradeshow for the store design, visual merchandising and in-store marketing industries. 

The Mall of San Juan Set to Open
March 24, 2015
The Mall of San Juan will open March 26, bringing the first Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue to the Caribbean.

Papa Murphy’s Strengthens Southeast Presence
March 24, 2015
Vancouver, Wash.-based Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. plans to strengthen and grow its presence in the Southeast.

Starbucks to Debut New Format

Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. announced during its annual shareholders meeting that it will debut a new Express format next quarter. 

Mattress Firm to Open 200 New Stores
March 23, 2015
Houston-based Mattress Firm Holding Corp. plans to open 200 to 220 new stores during fiscal 2015. 

Tiffany & Co. Announces 2015 Growth Plans
March 23, 2015
New York-based Tiffany & Co. plans to open a net of 12 to 15 new company-operated stores across most regions during fiscal 2015.

Toys “R” Us Leaving Times Square Location
March 20, 2015
Toys “R” Us Inc. plans to close its flagship store in New York’s Times Square in early 2016 due to an expected rent increase, according to Bloomberg. 

West Marine Store to Open Chicago Flagship
March 20, 2015
Boating equipment and waterlife outfitter West Marine will soon open its new 20,000-sq.-ft. flagship Midwest store in Chicago. 

Famous Footwear Opens New Atlanta-Area Stores
March 20, 2015
St. Louis-based Famous Footwear is opening new stores in Kennesaw and Alpharetta, Ga. 

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Retail Design Industry Calls For In-Store Pickup Standard
March 19, 2015
GlobalShop has issued a call to action urging retailers to focus on the in-store pickup experience. 

Meijer to Debut SKECHERS Concept Store
March 19, 2015
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer will launch its first SKECHERS concept shop this spring.

Carrefour Returning to Algeria
March 19, 2015
French retailer Carrefour will return to Algeria after six years of absence, according to Reuters.

Retail Design Expo Hits London in March
March 18, 2015
Retail Design Expo, a new venture from Legend Exhibitions, will launch at London’s Olympia this spring.

DSW Announces 19 New Stores
March 18, 2015
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. plans on opening 19 new stores this spring. 

Publix to Anchor St. Petersburg Development
March 18, 2015
St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Sembler Co. has confirmed that Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets Inc. will anchor its Shoppes at Trinity Lake development, according to Tampa Bay Business Journal.

design:retail, CNL mannequins to Host Latin Dance Party
March 17, 2015
design:retail and CNL mannequins will host a Latin Dance Party the night before GlobalShop kicks off. 

Couche-Tard to Acquire 21 Stores
March 17, 2015
Laval, Quebec, Canada-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. recently announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 21 stores. 

Field & Stream to Open Michigan Store
March 17, 2015
Pittsburgh-based Field & Stream will open its first store in Michigan on March 26. 

L.L. Bean to Triple Domestic Stores
March 16, 2015
Freeport, Maine-based L.L. Bean plans to make a bigger push into bricks-and-mortar retail by more than tripling the number of its domestic stores over the next five years.

New Orleans Unveils Magnolia Marketplace
March 16, 2015
Magnolia Marketplace, a 106,000-sq.-ft. shopping center located in New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood, opened on March 13.

Hibbett Sports Continues Store Growth
March 16, 2015
Birmingham, Ala.-based Hibbett Sports Inc. expects to open approximately 80 to 85 new stores during fiscal 2015.

Express to Expand Outlet Stores
March 13, 2015
Columbus-based fashion retailer Express is expanding its outlet business as part of its overall growth strategy, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

ULTA to Open 100 New Stores
March 13, 2015
Bolingbrook, Ill.-based ULTA Beauty announced that it will open 100 net new stores in fiscal 2015. 

Little Me Opens In-Store Shop at Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue
March 13, 2015
Infant apparel brand Little Me, a division of Mamiye Brothers, is opening its first shop-in-shop at Lord & Taylor's Fifth Avenue location in New York. 

Chick-fil-A to Open First New York Store
March 12, 2015
Atlanta, Ga.-based Chick-fil-A will make its New York debut with a three-story location in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan, according to Crain’s New York Business.

Martha Stewart Living Opens First-Ever Martha Stewart Café
March 12, 2015
New York-based Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has opened its first Martha Stewart Cafe, located in New York’s historic Starrett-Lehigh building, home to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s corporate headquarters. 

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH Opens New York Store
March 12, 2015
New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH has opened its first store in New York’s Westchester County.

Dollar General Expands into Three New Markets
March 11, 2015
Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General recently debuted in Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island, expanding the major retailer’s presence to 43 states. 

Rite Aid Opens First Net-New Store Since 2010
March 11, 2015
Rite Aid Corp. recently opened its newest store in Harrisburg, Pa. 

Five Below to Open First Stores in Alabama
March 11, 2015
Philadelphia-based Five Below will debut in Alabama with the opening of its first stores in Huntsville, Florence and Gadsden on March 13.

Loblaw to Invest $1.2 Billion in Canadian Business
March 10, 2015
Brampton, Ontario, Canada-based Loblaw Cos. Ltd. will invest more than $1.2 billion into its Canadian business in 2015. 

Food Lion to Remodel North Carolina Stores
March 10, 2015
Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion will remodel its Raleigh, N.C., market stores in 2015. 

CACHÉ Announces Review of Strategic Alternatives
March 10, 2015
Specialty women’s apparel and accessories retailer CACHÉ Inc. recently announced that it has received an inquiry from a third party regarding a potential sale of the company.

Nordstrom Opens Second Canada Store
March 09, 2015
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. recently opened a new store at Rideau Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, marking the company’s second international location.

Gander Mountain Expands in the Southwest
March 09, 2015
St. Paul, Minn.-based outdoor specialty retailer Gander Mountain will open two new locations in Texas and Oklahoma on March 12.

The Fresh Market to Exit California
March 09, 2015
Greensboro, N.C.-based The Fresh Market Inc. recently announced plans to close its operations in California, which includes stores in Palo Alto, Santa Barbara and Laguna Hills. 

Bonobos to Open Fifth Avenue Store
March 06, 2015
Men’s clothing brand and Internet retailer Bonobos will open its first flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, according to the Wall Street Journal.

American Museum of Natural History Launches Collaboration With Etsy
March 06, 2015
The American Museum of Natural History has launched a unique collaboration with online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, Etsy.

Bloomingdale’s Outlet Store to Open in Manhattan
March 06, 2015
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. will open a new Bloomingdale’s Outlet store in fall 2015 at 2085 Broadway in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Coach to Open First Paris Flagship Store
March 05, 2015
New York-based Coach Inc. will open of its first flagship store in Paris this fall. 

Cabela’s Announces Plans for Ohio Location
March 05, 2015
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. plans to open a new store in Centerville, Ohio. 

Bealls to Launch New Concept
March 05, 2015
Florida department store Bealls is launching a new concept, called Bunulu, according to the Bradenton Herald. 

design:retail, CNL mannequins to Host Latin Dance Party
March 04, 2015
design:retail and CNL mannequins will host a Latin Dance Party the night before GlobalShop kicks off.

Kroger Eyeing Hawaii
March 04, 2015
Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. is looking to open its first store in Hawaii, according to Pacific Business News.

Row NYC Unveils City Kitchen
March 04, 2015
Row NYC, the art-driven and New York-centric hotel, will launch an urban-style food market called City Kitchen this March.

JackRabbit Sports Joins Running Specialty Group
March 03, 2015
Denver-based The Running Specialty Group (RSG) is expanding in the in the greater-New York market with the addition of JackRabbit Sports, consisting of four locations.

Emerald Expositions Acquires Leading Design Assets
March 03, 2015
San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based Emerald Expositions LLC, parent company to design:retail magazine and GlobalShop, announced today that it has acquired several leading brands in the healthcare and senior living design market from Vendome Group LLC.

Shopko Expands Hometown Concept
March 02, 2015
Green Bay, Wis.-based Shopko Stores Operating Co. plans to open its smaller-format Shopko Hometown department stores in 20 former Alco store locations this month, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PAVE to Host GlobalShop Opening Night Bash
March 02, 2015
PAVE will host a GlobalShop Opening Night Bash on March 24 at the Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay.

Planet Hollywood to Transform Orlando Flagship
March 02, 2015
Planet Hollywood recently announced plans to transform its Orlando, Fla., flagship location into a four-story stargazing observatory set to debut in spring 2016.

Giant Eagle to Close Good Cents Stores
March 02, 2015
Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle is closing its Good Cents locations, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

rue21 Opens New Pennsylvania Flagship
February 27, 2015
Warrendale, Pa.-based teen specialty apparel retailer rue21 inc. recently opened its newest flagship in Cranberry Township, Pa.

Barnes & Noble to Spin Off College Business
February 27, 2015
New York-based Barnes & Noble Inc. recently announced plans to spin off Barnes & Noble Education (which comprises the Barnes & Noble College business) from Barnes & Noble’s Retail and NOOK Digital businesses.

Stein Mart to Open 11 New Stores
February 27, 2015
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Stein Mart plans to open 11 new stores this year as part of the its accelerated store growth that began in 2014. 

Hudson’s Bay Co. Announces Real Estate Partnerships
February 26, 2015
Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) has entered into agreements with Simon Property Group Inc. and RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust to form two joint ventures focused on real estate growth opportunities in the United States and Canada, respectively. 

Aldi Set to Expand in Texas
February 26, 2015
Grocery retailer Aldi is looking to expand in Texas, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Sheetz to Debut New Concept
February 26, 2015
Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz will open its new concept restaurant in Morgantown, W.V., on March 3.

Nordstrom to Relocate Los Angeles Store
February 25, 2015
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. announced plans to relocate its Westside Pavilion full-line store to Westfield Century City in Los Angeles. 

West Elm to Open Virginia Store
February 25, 2015
Home furnishings retailer West Elm will open a new store at the Town Center in Virginia Beach, Va., on March 5.

Boot Barn to Open Texas Store
February 25, 2015
Irvine, Calif.-based Boot Barn Holdings Inc. will open its newest store in Cypress, Texas, on March 6.

design:retail, CNL mannequins to Host Latin Dance Party
February 24, 2015
design:retail and CNL mannequins will host a Latin Dance Party the night before GlobalShop kicks off. 

Chitter Chatter to Debut London Store
February 24, 2015
Independent mobile phone retailer Chitter Chatter will open a new store at London’s East Mall shopping center in mid-March.

New Shopping Center to Open in Wisconsin
February 24, 2015
Contracts are finalized and on-site work will soon begin on The Corners of Brookfield, a new 750,000-sq.-ft. premier lifestyle center in Brookfield, Wis.

Walgreens Opens Honolulu Flagship
February 23, 2015
Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens opened a new two-story, flagship store in Honolulu on Feb. 21.

Running Specialty Group Expands Retail Portfolio
February 23, 2015
Denver-based The Running Specialty Group (RSG) has added the Utah-based Striders running company, consisting of two locations, to its national retail network.

Newk's Eatery Continues Expansion
February 23, 2015
Jackson, Miss.-based Newk’s Eatery is expanding to Columbia, S.C. Part of a new franchise agreement, the first new store will open in City Market in the Vista at 707 Gervais St. in late 2015. 

Kmart Rebranding Stores
February 20, 2015
Kmart has rebranded its store in Chillicothe, Ohio, to its new K-Fresh concept, according to the Chillicothe Gazette. 

Kenneth Cole Names New CEO
February 20, 2015
New York-based Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. has appointed Marc Schneider as its new CEO. 

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Continues Middle East Expansion
February 20, 2015
Plano, Texas-based MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes opened its first restaurant in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 3. 

IKEA to Open Las Vegas Store in 2016
February 19, 2015
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA recently announced that construction on its Las Vegas store is on track to break ground this spring, with the store slated for opening in summer 2016. 

Soft Surroundings to Open 10 New Stores
February 19, 2015
St. Louis-based Soft Surroundings is looking to launch its largest retail expansion since opening its first store in 2005, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. 

Dunkin' Donuts to Launch Indiana Expansion
February 19, 2015
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has signed multi-unit store development agreements with two existing franchise groups to expand in Indiana.

GlobalShop Aims to Establish In-Store Pickup Visual Standard
February 18, 2015
GlobalShop, in partnership with Yunker Industries, is looking to establish a visual standard for in-store pickup areas—with your help.

Apple to Revamp Stores for Apple Watch
February 18, 2015
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple is reportedly redesigning its retail stores, according to businessinsider.com. 

Ascena Retail Group to Close Brothers Brand
February 18, 2015
Mahwah, N.J.-based Ascena Retail Group Inc. recently announced that as part of a strategic review of its Justice business, it has decided to close its Brothers brand.

Retail Design Expo Hits London in March
February 17, 2015
Retail Design Expo, a new venture from Legend Exhibitions, will launch at London’s Olympia this spring. 

Ross to Open Louisiana Stores
February 17, 2015
Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Dress for Less (Ross) will open two new stores in Louisiana on March 7.

Luby’s Expands Dual Restaurant Concept
February 17, 2015
Luby’s Inc. is bringing two of its restaurant brands together in Jackson, Miss.

Whole Foods to Open Up to 42 Stores in 2015
February 13, 2015
Whole Foods Market plans on opening 38 to 42 new stores in 2015, including five to six relocations.

GNC to Open 125 U.S. Stores
February 13, 2015
Pittsburgh-based GNC Holdings Inc. expects to open approximately 125 total net new domestic stores this year, including both company-owned and franchised stores.

SONIC Drive-In Launches Northeast Expansion
February 13, 2015
Oklahoma City-based SONIC Drive-In recently announced two new agreements for franchise development in Rhode Island, marking the 45th state for the expanding brand.

Gas, Auto Categories Drive Drop in Retail Sales
February 12, 2015
U.S. retail sales fell 0.8 percent in January, compared to the 0.5 percent drop expected, due to decreased gas prices and declining auto sales, according to cnbc.com. 

Ralph Pucci Celebrates 40th Anniversary
February 12, 2015
This year marks Ralph Pucci’s 40th year with the mannequin company founded by his parents as a repair company in the 1950s. 

JCPenney Expanding Disney In-Store Shop Concept
February 12, 2015
Plano, Texas-based JCPenney will expand its in-store Disney shop concept to an additional 116 stores this year.

Michael Kors Opens Largest Global Store
February 11, 2015
New York-based Michael Kors has opened its largest store in the world in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. 

REI to Open Three New Stores
February 11, 2015
Seattle-based REI is opening new stores in Delaware, Virginia and Iowa.

Simon Launches Bay Area Outlets Expansion
February 11, 2015
Simon recently announced that the Bay Area's outlet shopping center will be rebranded and named San Francisco Premium Outlets in conjunction with its major expansion.

U.K. Toy Store to Make U.S. Debut
February 10, 2015
British toy retailer Hamleys has retained professional services and investment management firm JLL to facilitate a multiple store rollout throughout the United States.

Forever 21 Opens Fifth Avenue Store
February 10, 2015
Los Angeles-based Forever 21 opened its newest location in New York at 640 Fifth Ave. on Feb. 7.

Sweaty Betty Eyeing U.S. Market
February 10, 2015
London-based activewear brand Sweaty Betty has received a strategic growth investment from Greenwich, Conn.-based private-equity firm Catterton.

Topshop to Open Atlanta Store
February 09, 2015
London-based fashion retailer Topshop, along with its companion men’s label Topman, will open its first Atlanta location on March 12, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. 

Amazon Launches First-Ever Staffed Pickup, Drop-Off Location
February 09, 2015
Seattle-based Amazon recently opened Amazon@Purdue, its first-ever staffed customer order pickup and drop-off location, housed in the Krach Leadership Center at Purdue University’s West Lafayette, Ind., campus.

DICK’S Sporting Goods to Open North Carolina Store
February 09, 2015
Pittsburgh-based DICK’S Sporting Goods will be open its 32nd store in North Carolina and 605th store nationwide on Feb. 20.

JCPenney, InStyle to Roll Out Salon Experience
February 06, 2015
In a move to reinvent 850 salons across the country, Plano, Texas-based JCPenney announced an exclusive collaboration with the editors of InStyle to launch a salon concept called The Salon by InStyle.

Orchard Supply Hardware Launches Expansion
February 06, 2015
San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) has launched a new growth initiative for 2015, opening three new stores. 

Academy Sports + Outdoors Announces New Store Openings
February 06, 2015
Katy, Texas-based Academy Ltd. (Academy Sports + Outdoors) will open four new Florida stores on March 6. 

Swarovski to Unveil Las Vegas Boutique
February 05, 2015
On Feb. 26, Swarovski will debut a unique boutique and crystal installation at the new Grand Bazaar Shops on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Ross Dress for Less to Open Florida Store
February 05, 2015
Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Dress for Less will open a new store in Gainesville, Fla., on March 7. 

Kilwins Opens Illinois Store
February 05, 2015
Petoskey, Mich.-based Kilwins Chocolates Franchise Inc. recently announced the opening of its 96th store, in Elmhurst, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. 

Macy’s to Acquire Bluemercury
February 04, 2015
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Washington, D.C.-based luxury beauty product and spa services retailer Bluemercury Inc. for $210 million. 

Staples Acquires Office Depot
February 04, 2015
Framingham, Mass.-based Staples, Inc. and Boca Raton, Fla.-based Office Depot Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Staples will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Office Depot. 

Domino’s Launches Indiana Expansion
February 04, 2015
RPM Pizza LLC, the largest U.S. Domino's franchise, recently announced the acquisition of 45 Domino’s stores throughout Indiana.

GlobalShop Launches Crowdsourcing Effort to Establish In-Store Pickup Visual Standard
February 03, 2015
GlobalShop, in partnership with Yunker Industries, is looking to establish a visual standard for in-store pickup areas—with your help. 

Target Announces Growth Plans for 2015
February 03, 2015
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. will open 15 stores in 2015, including three distinct store formats: eight TargetExpress locations, one CityTarget and six general merchandise stores. 

Apple to Open First-Ever Queens Store
February 03, 2015
Apple will soon open its first store in Queens, N.Y., according to New York Daily News. 

Forever 21 to Open Fifth Avenue Store
February 02, 2015
Los Angeles-based fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 will open a flagship on New York’s Fifth Avenue on Feb. 7, according to wwd.com.

Meijer Announces Wisconsin Store Openings
February 02, 2015
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer will open four new supercenters in the greater-Milwaukee area. 

French Jeweler to Open First U.S. Store
February 02, 2015
French jewelry brand and retailer Les Néréides recently opened its first-ever U.S. store in Chicago, according to racked.com.

Kate Spade & Co. to Focus Investment on kate spade new york
January 30, 2015
Kate Spade & Co. recently announced strategic initiatives that will further focus its business on the long-term growth of the kate spade new york brand. 

Jones New York to Pursue Strategic Alternatives
January 30, 2015
New York-based Jones New York recently announced that it will pursue strategic alternatives for the Jones New York brand. 

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to Open Florida Store
January 30, 2015
New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH will open a new location that will anchor Somerset Shoppes in Boca Raton, Fla. 

H&M Group to Open 400 Stores
January 29, 2015
The H&M Group plans a net addition of approximately 400 new stores for the financial year 2014/2015.

Albertsons, Safeway Receive Clearance for Proposed Merger
January 29, 2015
Boise, Idaho-based AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons) and Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway Inc. have received clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the companies’ proposed merger, which was announced March 6, 2014. 

Lowe’s Canada Continues Expansion
January 29, 2015
Lowe’s Canada recently announced plans to open 25 new stores in Canada over the next three years to further expand its presence in the market.

IKEA Continues U.S. Expansion
January 28, 2015
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA continues to expand in the United States with plans to open a new store in Columbus, Ohio.

NRF: Valentine’s Day Spending to Reach Record $18.9 Billion
January 28, 2015
According to the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day will spend $142.31 on candy, flowers, apparel and more, up from $133.91 last year. 

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to Open Minneapolis Store
January 28, 2015
Shorenstein Properties LLC and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH recently announced that Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH has signed a lease for 40,321 sq. ft. in the retail portion of Minneapolis City Center, continuing the fashion retailer’s 25-year presence in downtown Minneapolis. 

RDI Names 2014 Store of the Year
January 27, 2015
The Retail Design Institute (RDI) recently named its annual Store of the Year and recognized more than 45 retail design projects in 20-plus retail formats for excellence in design and execution.

UNIQLO to Enter Canadian Market
January 27, 2015
UNIQLO, a brand of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., will open two stores in Toronto in fall 2016, marking the brand’s first entry into the country and its 18th market overall. 

LAUFEN Opens First U.S. Showroom
January 27, 2015
Swiss bathroom manufacturer LAUFEN opened its first U.S. showroom and new North American offices on Dec. 3.

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Fashion Designer Vince Camuto Dies at 78
January 26, 2015
Co-founder of Nine West, Vince Camuto has died. 

Gap to Close Smallest Brand, Piperlime
January 26, 2015
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. recently announced the decision to close its Piperlime brand, including the online platform and single store in New York, by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. 

Michael Kors to Open Tokyo Flagship
January 26, 2015
New York-based Michael Kors will open its largest Japanese flagship store this fall, on Chuo Street in Tokyo’s Ginza district.

Walmart Canada Continues Expansion
January 23, 2015
Walmart Canada will open 11 new supercenters by Jan. 29. 

Field & Stream to Open Michigan Store
January 23, 2015
Pittsburgh-based Field & Stream will open a new store in Troy, Mich. Located in Oakland Mall, the new store is scheduled to open in March 2015. 

Von Maur to Open Third Location in Georgia
January 23, 2015
Davenport, Iowa-based Von Maur Department Store plans to open a 165,000-sq.-ft. store at the Mall of Georgia in Buford.

Japanese Eyewear Brand to Make U.S. Debut
January 22, 2015
Tokyo-based eyewear brand JINS plans to expand into the U.S. market with the opening of its first U.S. flagship store in San Francisco in spring 2015.

Whole Foods Launching Chicago Expansion
January 22, 2015
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods has launched a six-store expansion in the Chicago market, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

Express, Sycamore Partners Announce Termination of Discussions
January 21, 2015
Columbus, Ohio-based Express Inc. and New York-based Sycamore Partners recently announced that discussions regarding Sycamore Partners’ expressed interest in acquiring Express have been terminated. 

Simon to Modernize Woodfield Mall
January 21, 2015
Simon recently announced new design enhancements for Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Ill.

Crate and Barrel to Open New Georgia Store
January 21, 2015
Northbrook, Ill.-based Crate and Barrel will open a new store in Alpharetta, Ga., on Feb. 12. 

RadioShack Reportedly in Talks to Sell Stores to Sprint
January 20, 2015
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corp. is reportedly in talks to sell leases on some of its stores to Sprint Corp., according to Bloomberg.

IKEA to Install Missouri’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array
January 20, 2015
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA has announced solar energy plans for its St. Louis store, which is slated to open in fall 2015. 

Robert Graham to Open Second New York Store
January 20, 2015
New York-based Robert Graham will open its second branded retail store in New York in The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center.

C Spire Opens Customer-Inspired Retail Store
January 16, 2015
C Spire, a telecommunications and technology services company, has unveiled its new 2,500-sq.-ft., customer-inspired store in Picayune, Miss.

Baskin-Robbins Expands in Kentucky
January 16, 2015
Canton, Mass.-based Baskin-Robbins announced that it is expanding its presence in Louisville, Ky., with new and existing franchisees.

Wet Seal Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
January 16, 2015
Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based The Wet Seal Inc. announced that it has filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11, and will continue to operate its business as “debtors-in-possession” under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court.

Retail Holiday Sales Increase 4 Percent
January 15, 2015
Overall holiday retail sales were boosted to their highest level since 2011, according to the National Retail Federation.

Target to Discontinue Canadian Operations
January 15, 2015
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. announced that it plans to discontinue operating stores in Canada through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary, Target Canada Co.

Nordstrom Rack Expands Growth in Upstate New York
January 15, 2015
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack store at Destiny USA mall in Syracuse, N.Y.

Last Call for 40 Under 40 Nominations
January 14, 2015
design:retail is calling for nominations for its first-ever 40 Under 40, recognizing the top young professionals in the retail design community. 

Luxury Handbag Maker Oncour to Open First-Ever Store
January 14, 2015
Greenwich, Conn.-based luxury handbag and accessory maker Oncour has opened its first U.S. retail store in Hawaii, according to Pacific Business News. 

Natural Grocers to Open Arizona Store
January 14, 2015
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. will open its first store in Tucson, Ariz., its fourth in the state, on Jan. 20. 

The Container Store’s Tindell Elected Chairman of NRF Board
January 13, 2015
Coppell, Texas-based The Container Store recently announced that its Chairman and CEO, Kip Tindell, has been elected chairman of the National Retail Federation (NRF) board of directors and chairman of its executive committee.

Whole Foods Market to Open New Orleans-Area Store
January 13, 2015
Stirling Properties recently announced the addition of Whole Foods Market to the tenant lineup at Premier Centre, a 273,000-sq.-ft. shopping center in Mandeville, La. 

Body Central Corp. Announces the Exploration of Strategic Alternatives
January 13, 2015
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Body Central Corp., a multi-channel, specialty apparel retailer, is experiencing significant liquidity challenges and has taken several steps to identify and evaluate potential strategic and financial alternatives.

A.R.E. Forecasts Increase in Retail Construction, Renovations in 2015
January 12, 2015
The Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) is predicting a 10 percent increase in spending on North American retail store construction and renovations in 2015. 

Bauer Hockey to Open First-Ever Retail Stores
January 12, 2015
Exeter, N.H.-based Bauer Hockey, a subsidiary of Performance Sports Group Ltd., will open its first-ever Bauer Hockey retail stores beginning this summer.

Bloomingdale’s Debuts In-Store NBA Shops
January 12, 2015
New York-based Bloomingdale’s has opened 16 basketball-inspired pop-up shops filled with NBA team and All-Star merchandise. 

Macy’s Launches 2015 Restructuring Initiative
January 09, 2015
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. recently announced restructuring plans that include creating a team to explore the possibility of an off-price business and growing its digital business, according to Forbes. 

JCPenney Announces Store Closures, Growth Plan Details
January 09, 2015
Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney Co. Inc. recently announced that it will close 40 underperforming stores as part of its current company growth plan, according to cnbc.com. 

Walmart to Open 500th Neighborhood Market Store
January 09, 2015
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has opened its 500th Walmart Neighborhood Market in Springfield, Mo.

Brazil’s The Track&Field Store Launches U.S. Expansion
January 08, 2015
Brazilian retailer The Track&Field Store is expanding in the United States.

Bi-Lo CEO to Depart
January 08, 2015
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Bi-Lo Holdings recently announced that Randall Onstead will leave his role as president and CEO, effective March 1, according to Supermarket News. 

Wet Seal Announces Strategic Actions
January 08, 2015
Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based The Wet Seal Inc. recently announced that it will close 338 retail stores.

Coach to Acquire Stuart Weitzman
January 07, 2015
New York-based Coach Inc. has signed a definitive agreement with private-equity firm Sycamore Partners to acquire Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC. 

C. Wonder to Close All Stores
January 07, 2015
C. Wonder, founded by Chris Burch, will close all of its stores, according to Forbes. 

Atlanta’s Ponce City Market Reveals Anticipated Retailers
January 07, 2015
Atlanta’s Ponce City Market has unveiled a number of retailers expected to open stores in the development, according to Atlanta Magazine.

Gensler’s Reker Elected to RDI Boston Board
January 06, 2015
The Boston chapter of the Retail Design Institute (RDI) elected Gensler senior associate Julie Reker as vice president for a two-year term. 

GlobalShop Launches Crowdsourcing Effort to Establish In-Store Pickup Visual Standard
January 06, 2015
GlobalShop, in partnership with Yunker Industries, is looking to establish a visual standard for in-store pickup areas—with your help.

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Entry into Mexico
January 06, 2015
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a franchise agreement with the Mexican subsidiary of Sizzling Platter LLC, a franchisee of Dunkin’ Donuts in the United States, to begin developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout Mexico.

Nordstrom Rack to Open Louisiana Store
January 06, 2015
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. will open a Nordstrom Rack at Ambassador Town Center in Lafayette, La., in spring 2016. 

Walgreens, Alliance Boots Complete Merger
January 05, 2015
Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreen Co. has approved all proposals related to the company’s acquisition of the remaining 55 percent of Alliance Boots GmbH and the reorganization of the company into a holding company structure.

Sonic Drive-In Continues Upstate New York Expansion
January 05, 2015
Oklahoma City-based Sonic Drive-In is expanding in the Northeast with a new agreement for franchise development of eight new locations in the Albany, N.Y., area.

Bottom Dollar Food to Close Stores
January 05, 2015
Salisbury, N.C.-based Bottom Dollar Food recently announced that it will close its 66 store locations in the greater-Philadelphia and greater-Pittsburgh markets by Jan. 15, and will retire the banner’s operations.

Target Announces New Leadership Roles
December 23, 2014
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. announced the elevation and expansion of several leadership roles in key areas across company, as the retailer continues to accelerate the business, fuel its digital transformation and enhance the guest experience.

Calvin Klein Announces Global E-Commerce Expansion Plan
December 23, 2014
Calvin Klein Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp., announced that it has started a global e-commerce expansion strategy for calvinklein.com that will culminate in the operation of direct e-commerce in more than 20 countries by the end of 2016.

Survey: Nearly Half of Americans Are Late Holiday Shoppers
December 23, 2014
According to SOASTA’s 2014 Holiday Retail Readiness Survey, millions of Americans are waiting until the last minute to complete their holiday shopping.

Haggen to Launch Major Acquisition
December 22, 2014
Bellingham, Wash.-based grocery chain Haggen has entered into an agreement to acquire 146 stores as part of the divestment process brought about by the Federal Trade Commission’s review of the Albertson’s LLC and Safeway merger.

Schlotzsky’s Opens First Russian Location
December 22, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Schlotzsky’s has debuted its first location in Russia, as part of a plan that will add more than 50 restaurants throughout the region over the next 10 years. 

Cooper Hewitt Opens New Café, Retail Space in Reopened Museum
December 22, 2014
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum recently announced that Tarallucci e Vino will run the museum’s new café, and has launched SHOP Cooper Hewitt.

ASICS Opens Times Square Store
December 19, 2014
Irvine Calif.-based ASICS America has opened its newest retail store in New York’s Times Square. 

Dunkin’ Brands to Open 410-Plus Stores in 2015
December 19, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, expects to add between 410 and 440 net new Dunkin’ Donut stores in 2015. 

Stater Bros. to Open New Florida Supermarket
December 19, 2014
San Bernardino, Calif.-based Stater Bros. has announced that the Vons Supermarket located at 3125 W. Florida Ave. in Hemet, Fla., will soon become a Stater Bros. Supermarket.

Ikea to Introduce Smaller Format in Canada
December 18, 2014
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA plans to open up to 10 smaller-format stores across Canada, according to Business Vancouver. 

CST Brands, CrossAmerica Acquire Landmark Stores
December 18, 2014
San Antonio-based CST Brands, Inc. and Allentown, Pa.-based CrossAmerica Partners LP recently announced that they have agreed to jointly purchase 22 convenience from Landmark Industries.

La Madeleine to Expand in Arkansas
December 18, 2014
Dallas-based La Madeleine recently announced a multiunit agreement for Arkansas, according to qsrmagazine.com. 

IKEA Looking to Make Tennessee Debut
December 17, 2014
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA has proposed plans for a possible store in the Memphis, Tenn.

Whole Foods Market to Expand in South Florida
December 17, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Whole Food Market is expanding in South Florida with four new stores, including a downtown Miami location.

Hooters Remodels Texas-Area Restaurants
December 17, 2014
Hooters of America LLC has remodeled seventeen of its Texas-area locations in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, according to restaurantnews.com.

PetSmart Accepts $8.7 Billion Buyout
December 16, 2014
Phoenix-based PetSmart Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners Inc. for $8.7 billion. 

Columbia Sportswear Opens First-Ever New York Store
December 16, 2014
Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Sportswear has opened its flagship Columbia brand’s first branded store in New York. 

Dairy Queen Expands in New York
December 16, 2014
Minneapolis-based American Dairy Queen Corp. is expanding in New York. 

Simon Breaks Ground on Florida Development
December 15, 2014
Simon recently began construction on Tampa Premium Outlets in Wesley Chapel, Fla. 

Dunkin’ Donuts Expands in Miami-Fort Lauderdale Market
December 15, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts recently opened six new restaurants and remodeled one location in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market. 

Sherwin-Williams Opens 4,000th Retail Store
December 15, 2014
Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams has reached a new milestone in its 148-year history with the opening of its 4,000th retail location in the United States, Canada and Caribbean.

November Retail Sales Increase 0.6 Percent
December 12, 2014
November retail sales increased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted over October and 3.2 percent unadjusted over November 2013, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). 

Cabela’s to Open Store in Farmington, Utah
December 12, 2014
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. announced plans to a new location in Farmington, Utah. 

Hooters Unveils New California Location
December 12, 2014
Hooters of America LLC has unveiled a new location in South Gate, Calif., which boasts a contemporary flair and sleek design features, including hardwood floors throughout, and more open space to encourage social interaction among guests. 

Polaroid Fotobar to Open Two California Micro-Retail Stores
December 11, 2014
Boca Raton, Fla.-based Polaroid Fotobar has opened a new store in the San Jose area located at Westfield Oakridge. 

WIRED Store Opens Annual New York Pop-Up, Debuts First-Ever E-Shop in Los Angeles
December 11, 2014
WIRED magazine’s Wire Store is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its flagship pop-up store in New York, and is opening a new e-shop at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to commemorate the milestone. 

First-Ever North American LINE FRIENDS Pop-Up Store Opens
December 11, 2014
LINE Euro-Americas Corp., a subsidiary of LINE Corp., and owner and operator of the free messaging app LINE, announced its first-ever LINE FRIENDS pop-up store in North America. 

Call for 40 Under 40 Nominations
December 10, 2014
design:retail is calling for nominations for its first-ever 40 Under 40, recognizing the top young professionals in the retail design community.

PGA TOUR Superstore to Open Texas Store
December 10, 2014
PGA TOUR Superstore, which is operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop Inc., a subsidiary of Roswell, Ga.-based AMB Group LLC, will open a new store in Southlake, Texas, on Dec. 13.

New Jersey’s 'American Dream' Development to Open in 2016
December 10, 2014
New Jersey’s long-delayed American Dream project is now on track to open in fall 2016, according to NorthJersey.com. 

PIRCH to Open in Atlanta
December 09, 2014
Home and lifestyle brand PIRCH will open a new store in Atlanta on Dec. 13.

Waveland & Clark Home Furnishings Opens Chicago Showroom
December 09, 2014
Waveland & Clark (W&C) recently opened a flagship showroom in Chicago.

Natural Grocers Acquires Nature’s Pantry, Opens New Store
December 09, 2014
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. has acquired most of the assets of Independence, Mo.-based natural foods retailer Nature’s Pantry Inc. 

COS Debuts in New York
December 08, 2014
London-based COS, a sister brand to Stockholm-based H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), has opened its first New York store in SoHo, according to New York Magazine. 

Burger King, Tim Hortons Announce Merger
December 08, 2014
Miami-based Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Oakville, Ontario, Canada-based Tim Hortons Inc. recently announced a definitive agreement under which the two companies will create a new global company in the quick-service restaurant sector.

Ulta to Open 100 Stores This Year
December 08, 2014
Bolingbrook, Ill.-based Ulta Beauty is on track to open 100 new stores and remodel another 12 in fiscal 2014. 

Starbucks Opens Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room
December 05, 2014
Starbucks has opened its new Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room concept on Pike Street in Seattle, just nine blocks from its original Pike Place Market store. 

Neiman Marcus to Relocate in Fort Worth
December 05, 2014
Dallas-based Neiman Marcus will anchor an upcoming mixed-use development just south of downtown Fort Worth, according to the Dallas Business Journal. 

Fresh & Easy Testing Smart Stores
December 05, 2014
Fresh & Easy, the former Tesco-owned grocery format, is testing a new look at seven stores in the Las Vegas market, according to RetailingToday.com. 

Saks Fifth Avenue Awarded Best Holiday Windows in New York
December 04, 2014
For the 15th consecutive year, the design:retail Winning Windows Awards honor the top three Manhattan retail stores for their excellence in holiday window design. 

Best Buy Selling China Retail Business
December 04, 2014
Richfield, Minn.-based Best Buy Co. Inc. is selling its retail businesses in China to focus more on its North American operations.

Martha Stewart to Open Café
December 04, 2014
Martha Stewart is expanding her empire with a new café. 

La Perla Opening in Atlanta
December 03, 2014
Italian lingerie company La Perla will unveil a new store design with the opening of its newest boutique in the Buckhead Atlanta complex in Atlanta in January. 

Simon and eBay Unveil “Connected Mall”
December 03, 2014
Simon and eBay launched the “Connected Mall” this week in Palo Alto, Calif.

Lululemon Flagship Opens in Santa Monica
December 03, 2014
Vancouver, B.C.-based Lululemon has opened a 5,766-sq.ft. flagship store in Santa Monica, Calif. 

CitySCENE New York Tonight
December 02, 2014
design:retail CitySCENE will be held tonight at New York’s Avenue Nightclub, located at 116 10th Ave. 

Fendi Opens New Madison Avenue Store
December 02, 2014
Italian luxury brand Fendi opened a new store on Madison Avenue in New York this past weekend. 

WSS to Open 23 Brand Jordan Shops
December 02, 2014
Los Angeles-based footwear retailer WSS has announced plans to open 23 Brand Jordan Shops within its stores by the end of 2015. 

More Than 126 Million Expected to Shop Online Today
December 01, 2014
According to the National Retail Federation’s Cyber Monday Expectations Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 126.9 million (52.3 percent) shoppers plan to shop online on Cyber Monday.

Men’s Wearhouse to Open Joseph Abboud Flagship
December 01, 2014
Fremont, Calif.-based Men’s Wearhouse will open a Joseph Abboud flagship store at 424 Madison Ave. in Manhattan in Spring 2015, reinforcing its ongoing commitment to the Joseph Abboud brand.

Gap Partners With Zalando
December 01, 2014
Gap is partnering with Berlin-based online retailer Zalando to open its own dedicated online shop on the retail platform.

Bonobos to Introduce E-Commerce Store Concept in Atlanta
November 26, 2014
Internet-launched men’s clothing brand Bonobos will introduce its Guideshop concept in Atlanta’s Buckhead Atlanta on Dec. 12.

Eddie Bauer Opens in San Francisco
November 26, 2014
Seattle-based Eddie Bauer has opened a new flagship location in the center of San Francisco’s Union Square.

Charming Charlie to Open First New Store Flagship

Houston, Texas-based Charming Charlie plans to open 55 stores next year, including its first store in New York in April 2015.

CitySCENE Hits The Big Apple
November 25, 2014
The next design:retail CitySCENE event will be held on Dec. 2 in New York at Avenue Nightclub, located at 116 10th Ave.

Best Buy Refreshes Chicago Stores
November 25, 2014
Best Buy is revamping its 43 Chicago-area stores with a fresher look and assortment upgrades.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Expand in California
November 25, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has signed five multi-unit store development agreements for 63 new restaurants in California over the next several years. 

Zappos Makes Bricks-and-Mortar Debut
November 24, 2014
Zappos.com is opening its first bricks-and mortar store, a holiday pop-up shop in Las Vegas, according to the Triangle Business Journal.

ALDI Launches U.S. Expansion
November 24, 2014
Batavia, Ill.-based ALDI Inc. recently announced that it is in the early stages of an accelerated strategic growth plan in the United States.

Abercrombie & Fitch Announces Entry Into Mexico
November 24, 2014
New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie & Fitch has signed an agreement with Mexico City-based Grupo AXO to establish a retail store presence Mexico.

Citizen Watch Opens New York Flagship
November 21, 2014
Lyndhurst, N.J.-based Citizen Watch Co. of America has opened a global flagship store in New York’s Times Square.

Cabela’s Continues Expansion
November 21, 2014
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. continues to expand, with new stores planned for Gainesville, Va., and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Nordstrom Rack to Open In Fort Lauderdale
November 21, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at 1600 Commons in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

GlobalShop, International Interior Design Association Announce Partnership
November 20, 2014
GlobalShop recently announced a new partnership with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Winning Windows 2014: Deadline Extended
November 20, 2014
The deadline for entry into design:retail’s Winning Windows 2014 competition has been extended to Monday, Nov. 24.

NRF: 140 Million Holiday Shoppers to Take Advantage of Thanksgiving Deals
November 20, 2014
According to NRF’s Thanksgiving Weekend Expectations survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, which provides a preliminary look at shopping expectations over Thanksgiving weekend, six in 10 (61.1 percent) say they will or may shop either Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, which equates to more than 140.1 million unique shoppers.

CitySCENE Hits The Big Apple
November 19, 2014
The next design:retail CitySCENE event will be held on Dec. 2 in New York at Avenue Nightclub, located at 116 10th Ave.

Glade Opens First-Ever Pop-Up Store
November 19, 2014
Racine, Wis.-based Glade has opened its first-ever, one-of-a-kind boutique in New York.

Domino’s Pizza Enters Kenya
November 19, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino’s Pizza is continuing its international growth by opening its first store in Kenya.

Call for 40 Under 40 Nominations
November 18, 2014
design:retail is calling for nominations for its first-ever 40 Under 40, recognizing the top young professionals in the retail design community. 

Shoes of Prey Launches Design Studio at Nordstrom
November 18, 2014
Shoes of Prey recently announced an exclusive partnership with Nordstrom to house its “Design Your Own Shoes” studio concept in six major locations across the country. 

Kilwins Chocolates Continues Expansion
November 18, 2014
Petoskey, Mich.-based Kilwins Chocolates Franchise Inc. recently signed franchise agreements for two additional stores in Hot Springs, Ark., and Hilton Head Shelter Cove, S.C.

American Eagle Outfitters Expands Into Europe
November 17, 2014
Pittsburgh-based American Eagle Outfitters Inc. will open three new stores in the London area over the next week, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

Verizon Wireless to Open Destination Stores for the Holidays
November 17, 2014
Verizon Wireless will open two Destination Stores this holiday season in Chicago (Nov. 15) and Houston (Nov. 24). 

James Avery Opens Visitor Center, Store
November 17, 2014
Kerrville, Texas-based James Avery, a family-owned jewelry retailer, has opened a new visitor center and store at their corporate campus in Kerrville.

Footwear Retailer WSS Debuts in Las Vegas
November 14, 2014
Los Angeles-based footwear retailer WSS is opening its first store outside of California. 

Panasonic Opens New York Pop-Up Store
November 14, 2014
New York-based Panasonic has opened a pop-up store in New York’s Union Square area at 12 E. 14th St. 

UGG Introduces High-Tech Concept Store
November 14, 2014
Goleta, Calif.-based Deckers Brands has opened its first-ever UGG Australia technology-driven concept store, located in the Washington, D.C., area. 

Price Chopper Announces Name Change, Rebranding
November 13, 2014
Schenectady, N.Y.-based The Golub Corp. will convert its Price Chopper stores to its new Market 32 brand.

Skechers Opens 1,000th Retail Store
November 13, 2014
Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Skechers has opened its 1,000th retail store.

Food Lion Continues Store Remodels
November 13, 2014
Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion will continue to roll out its revamped shopping environment in 2015.

Quiksilver, SurfStitch Group Announce Agreement
November 12, 2014
Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Quiksilver Inc. and Sydney-based SurfStitch Group announced that they have reached a definitive agreement for the sale of Quiksilver’s majority ownership interest in Surfdome. 

Schlotzsky’s Plans Las Vegas Expansion
November 12, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Schlotzsky’s plans to expand throughout the greater-Las Vegas area.

New Sam’s Club to Open in Niagara Falls
November 12, 2014
Sam’s Club will open its newly relocated Niagara Falls, N.Y., club at 1580 Military Rd. on Nov. 13. 

Call for 2015 Markopoulos Award Nominations
November 11, 2014
design:retail would like to ask for your nominations for the 2015 Markopoulos Award, one of the industry’s most prestigious honors recognizing outstanding achievement and contributions in visual merchandising and store design.

Sears Announces Plans for Florida Mixed-Use Development
November 11, 2014
Sears Holdings Corp. has submitted plans to the city of Aventura, Fla., for the redevelopment of the Sears property at Aventura Mall into an open-air village that will feature retail, restaurants, offices and a hotel.

Petco to Open Texas Store
November 11, 2014
San Diego, Calif.-based Petco will open a new store in Burleson, Texas, on Nov. 14 at 250 N. W. John Jones Dr. 

Kipling to Open New York Store
November 10, 2014
New York-based Kipling North America, a division of VF Sportswear Inc., will open its first New York store in SoHo on Nov. 20.

Delhaize Group to Sell Bottom Dollar Food
November 10, 2014
Brussels, Belgium-based Delhaize Group has signed an agreement to sell its Bottom Dollar Food store locations to ALDI Inc. for $15 million. 

Bar Louie Announces New Restaurants
November 10, 2014
Addison, Texas-based Bar Louie has signed a multi-unit area development agreement with new franchise partner, SHREE Enterprise Inc.

Murad Skincare Opens First-Ever Flagship
November 07, 2014
El Segundo, Calif.-based skincare Murad Inc. opened its first-ever bricks-and-mortar store in Los Angeles on Nov. 5. 

Columbia Introduces Performance Fishing Concept
November 07, 2014
Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Sportswear Co. opened its flagship Columbia brand’s first-ever Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) on Oct. 30. 

Whole Foods Market Announces New Store Locations
November 07, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market announced that it recently signed leases for 12 new store locations. 

GlobalShop 2015: Registration Now Open!
November 06, 2014
GlobalShop 2015, North America’s largest annual event for store design, planning and shopper marketing, will be held March 24-26 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Gap Expanding Footprint in China
November 06, 2014
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. has surpassed 100 Gap-branded stores across mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

Eddie Bauer Opens New York Store
November 06, 2014
Seattle-based Eddie Bauer has opened a pop-up store in New York. 

IIDEXCanada Hits Toronto in December
November 05, 2014
IIDEXCanada 2014, Canada’s National Design and Architecture Exposition & Conference, will be held Dec. 3-4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, in Toronto.

Target Announces Store Closures
November 05, 2014
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. will close 11 locations as of Feb. 1, 2015. 

Paul Frank Opens New York Pop-Up
November 05, 2014
Los Angeles-based lifestyle brand Paul Frank has launched its first-ever pop-up shop in New York.

design:retail Winning Windows 2014: Call for Entries
November 04, 2014
design:retail would like to offer retailers another chance to let their storefronts shine by entering the annual Winning Windows contest, which recognizes the best of New York’s holiday window designs.

dELiA*s Seeks Buyer
November 04, 2014
New York-based teen retailer dELiA*s is looking for an acquirer after reporting that it wont be able to meet its cash requirements for the next year, according to NYMag.

Nordstrom Rack to Expand in New Jersey
November 04, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Crossroads at Eatontown in Eatontown, N.J.

RDI International Store Design Competition Deadline Extended
November 03, 2014
The deadline for the Retail Design Institute’s (RDI) International Store Design Competition has been extended to Nov. 7.

Starbucks to Launch Delivery Service
November 03, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. plans to launch a pilot delivery program in the second half of 2015, according to Bloomberg.

Cabela’s to Open first Houston-Area Store
November 03, 2014
Nebraska-based Cabela’s Inc. will open its first Houston-area store next year, according to the Houston Business Journal.

Sorel Launches Branded Retail Store
October 31, 2014
Portland, Ore.-based boot brand Sorel recently announced the opening of its first-ever seasonal branded retail store in New York’s Meatpacking District.

Elizabeth Arden to Enter Southeast Asia
October 31, 2014
New York-based Elizabeth Arden Inc. plans to expand into Southeast Asia.

Macy’s Introduces New Holiday Arcade
October 30, 2014
New York-based Macy’s Inc. is introducing the Holiday Arcade—in-store shops offering customers an assortment of specialty toy and novelty gifts.

RadioShack Continues to Expand Mobile Device Repair Service
October 30, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corp. has expanded its Fix It Here! same-day mobile repair service to 31 stores in the Boston area.

Big 5 Sporting Goods to Open 10 Stores
October 30, 2014
El Segundo, Calif.-based Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. plans to open 10 new stores in fourth quarter fiscal 2014.

Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s Stores to Open in Abu Dhabi
October 29, 2014
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. plans to open Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2018.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Opens New York Pop-Up Store
October 29, 2014
St. Louis-based Build-A-Bear Workshop has opened a new store location in New York’s Times Square.

Nordstrom Rack to Expand in Tampa Bay Area
October 29, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack in Clearwater, Fla. The 38,080-sq.-ft. store is scheduled to open in fall 2015.

Lowe’s to open two Manhattan Locations in 2015
October 28, 2014
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s will open two stores in Manhattan in the second half of 2015.

Woolrich John Rich & Bros. Opens Tokyo Flagship
October 28, 2014
Woolrich John Rich & Bros. will open its first Tokyo flagship in the Omotesando neighborhood.

Century 21 to Open Philadelphia Store
October 28, 2014
Century 21 will open its newest department store at The Gallery in Philadelphia.

The Art Institute Chicago to Host Project Windows Launch Event
October 27, 2014
The Art Institute Chicago will host an exclusive Project Windows 2015 launch event on Oct. 28.

Restoration Hardware Opens California Store
October 27, 2014
Corte Madera, Calif.-based RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc.) has opened a new California store: RH West Hollywood, The Gallery on Melrose Avenue.

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to Relocate New York Store
October 27, 2014
New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH has opened a relocated store at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Silvestri California to Open New Showroom
October 24, 2014
Los Angeles-based Silvestri California has opened a new permanent showroom in New York.

Gap Continues International Expansion
October 24, 2014
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. has signed agreements to open Old Navy stores in six Middle Eastern countries beginning spring 2015.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Macy’s Announce Partnership
October 24, 2014
St. Louis-based Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. recently announced a strategic partnership with Macy’s Inc. to open licensed shop-in-shop locations in select major markets for the holiday season.

Polaroid Fotobar Launches Micro-Retail Expansion
October 24, 2014
Boca Raton, Fla.-based Polaroid Fotobar is expanding its new experiential retail concept with the opening of seven micro-retail locations in select Westfield Malls throughout California.

John Varvatos to Open Detroit Boutique
October 23, 2014
American menswear designer John Varvatos recently announced plans to open his first Midwest retail boutique in downtown Detroit.

AT&T Opens Washington Store
October 23, 2014
AT&T has opened its newest store in Spokane, Wash.

DSW to Open Wisconsin Store
October 23, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. will open a new store in Eau Claire, Wis., on Oct. 30.

Home Retail to Close Homebase Stores, Expand Argos Chain
October 22, 2014
British home goods retailer Home Retail plans to close a quarter of its Homebase home improvement stores by 2018, in order to focus on the development of its larger, more profitable Argos chain, according to Reuters.

Golfsmith Makes Vegas Debut
October 22, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Golfsmith Intl. has opened its first-ever Las Vegas store in the new Downtown Summerlin development.

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Open Missouri Store
October 22, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods will open a new store in Wentzville, Mo., on Oct. 31.

L’Oréal USA to Acquire Carol’s Daughter
October 21, 2014
New York-based L’Oréal USA has entered a definitive agreement to acquire New York-based Carol’s Daughter.

RadioShack Expands Mobile Device Repair Service
October 21, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack now offers its Fix It Here! same-day mobile repair service in 26 stores in the Chicago area.

Saks Fifth Avenue to Close New Jersey Store
October 21, 2014
New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue plans to close its Saks Fifth Avenue store located in the Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, N.J.

CitySCENE Hits New York on Dec. 2
October 20, 2014
design:retail will host its next CitySCENE event in New York on Dec. 2.

Target Canada Opens Three New Stores
October 20, 2014
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-based Target Canada recently opened three new stores, located on St. Laurent Blvd., in Ottawa, Ont.; Sheridan Centre in Mississauga, Ont. and Polo Park in Winnipeg, Man.

Von Maur Department Makes Oklahoma Debut
October 20, 2014
Davenport, Iowa-based Von Maur Department Store has opened its first Oklahoma store.

NRF: Holiday Spending to Increase 4.1 Percent
October 17, 2014
According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Holiday Consumer Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average person celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa and/or Hanukkah will spend $804.42, up nearly 5 percent over last year’s actual $767.27.

Maurices Continues Store Growth
October 17, 2014
Staying on track with Ascena Retail Group Inc.’s expansion plan, subsidiary brand Maurices will open 16 stores in time for the 2014 holiday season.

Jamba Juice Opens St. Louis University Store
October 17, 2014
Emeryville, Calif.-based Jamba Juice has opened a new store at St. Louis University (SLU), situated in the heart of the school’s main campus at Fusz Hall.

Intel Launches In-Store Shops in 50 Best Buy Stores
October 16, 2014
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel has launched “The Intel Experience” exclusively in 50 Best Buy retail stores nationwide.

Amazon to Open California Pop-Up Stores
October 16, 2014
Amazon is setting up two pop-up retail stores in California for the holidays, according to CNET.

Walmart Announces Growth Plan Details
October 16, 2014
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently presented its capital expenditure plans for the next fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016.

LIDS Sports Group Acquires Jersey City Canada
October 15, 2014
Indianapolis-based LIDS Sports Group has acquired Jersey City Canada, a licensed sports apparel, headwear and novelty company operating 28 retail stores across four Canadian Provinces.

Robert Graham to Open New Florida Store
October 15, 2014
New York-based Robert Graham will open a branded retail store in The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, Fla.

Natural Grocers Continues Colorado Expansion
October 15, 2014
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. is opening its 32nd Colorado location in Golden on Oct. 21.

Downtown Summerlin Opens in Las Vegas
October 14, 2014
The Howard Hughes Corp. opened Downtown Summerlin on Oct. 9 in Las Vegas, the largest retail development to open in the United States since the economic downturn, according to the company.

West Elm to Open Texas Store
October 14, 2014
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. portfolio of brands, will open a new store in El Paso, Texas on Oct. 16.

Athleta Opens Georgia Store
October 14, 2014
Athleta will open a new store in Alpharetta, Ga., on Oct. 28.

Disney Store Opens Florida Store
October 13, 2014
Pasadena, Calif.-based Disney Store has opened a new store at St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

Nordstrom Expands into Northeast Florida
October 13, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. has opened its first store in Northeast Florida, located at St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville.

Van Dorn Gourmets Makes Bricks-and-Mortar Debut
October 13, 2014
Burbank, Calif.-based Van Dorn Gourmets has launched its first bricks-and-mortar store in Burbank.

Amazon to Open First Bricks-and-Mortar Store
October 10, 2014
Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. plans to open its first physical store in Midtown Manhattan, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Big Lots to Open New Jersey Store
October 10, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based Big Lots Inc. will open its newest Big Lots store in New Jersey on Oct. 17.

99 Cents Only Reopens California Stores
October 10, 2014
City of Commerce, Calif.-based 99 Cents Only Stores will reopen its Port Hueneme and Moreno Valley stores.

Apple to Open Scotland Store
October 09, 2014
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. will open a new retail store on Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Oct. 18, according to MacRumors.

Johnny Rockets Enters Singapore
October 09, 2014
Aliso Viego, Calif.-based John Rockets recently announced a new franchise agreement that will bring its restaurant chain to Singapore.

Bi-Lo Announces Store Closures, Openings
October 09, 2014
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Bi-Lo Holdings, the parent company of the Bi-Lo, Harveys and Winn-Dixie supermarket banners, has decided to close 23 underperforming stores after a review of all 827 locations in its operating area.

Lane Bryant to Unveil Specialty Lifestyle Store
October 08, 2014
Lane Bryant, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ascena Retail Group Inc., will open its inaugural Cacique Lifestyle store in Jersey City, N.J., on Oct. 10.

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH Opens California Store
October 08, 2014
New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH recently opened a new store in Costa Mesa, Calif.

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. Announces Real Estate Initiatives
October 08, 2014
The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., York, Pa., recently announced plans to close two stores in an effort to discontinue operations at underperforming locations in order to focus on opportunities in other markets.

Target Offers Curbside Services
October 07, 2014
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Curbside, a new company that specializes in same-day pickup from local stores, launched its service on Oct. 6, including a pilot with Target Corp.

Ann Inc. Continues International Expansion
October 07, 2014
New York-based Ann Inc. recently opened its first LOFT store in Mexico, continuing the company’s international expansion.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Opens Virginia Store
October 07, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods will open its 27th store in Virginia and 589th store nationwide on Oct. 17.

L’Occitane Opens Atlanta Flagship Boutique
October 06, 2014
French natural beauty retailer L’Occitane recently opened its latest U.S. store in Atlanta.

Aeropostale and P.S. from Aeropostale to Expand into Chile
October 06, 2014
New York-based Aeropostale Inc. plans to launch the Aeropostale and P.S. from Aeropostale brands in Chile through a licensing agreement with Sociedad Comercial Grupo Yes SpA.

Art Van Furniture to Open Remodeled Michigan Store
October 06, 2014
Warren, Mich.-based Art Van Furniture will open its enlarged and remodeled Holland, Mich., showroom on Oct. 14.

Christopher & Banks Expands Combined Store Format
October 03, 2014
Minneapolis-based women’s specialty retailer Christopher & Banks will open 37 stores that reflect its new retail strategy that combines missy, petite and women’s sizes in one shopping location.

AT&T Opens New Massachusetts Store
October 03, 2014
AT&T has opened a store featuring its new store design in Worcester, Mass.

Saks Fifth Avenue to Open New Florida Store
October 03, 2014
Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. and its wholly owned subsidiary Saks Fifth Avenue plan to open a full-line Saks store in the Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, Fla.

ABG to Launch Juicy Couture in India
October 02, 2014
Authentic Brands Group (ABG) has entered into an agreement with Reliance Brands Ltd. to open Juicy Couture stores in India, according to just-style.com.

Mattress Firm Acquires Back to Bed, Bedding Experts, Mattress Barn Retail Stores
October 02, 2014
Houston-based Mattress Firm Holding Corp. has completed its acquisition of the mattress specialty retail assets and operations of Back to Bed Inc., M World Mattress LLC, MCStores LLC and TBE Orlando LLC.

Smoothie King to Expand in Missouri
October 02, 2014
New Orleans-based Smoothie King Franchises Inc. has signed a five-store development agreement for Missouri with a new franchisee.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Completes Acquisition of Harry & David
October 01, 2014
Carle Place, N.Y.-based 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. has closed its acquisition of Medford, Ore.-based Harry & David Holdings Inc.

Kilwins Opens Wisconsin Store
October 01, 2014
Petoskey, Mich.-based Kilwins Chocolates Franchise recently opened a new Kilwins store at the Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, Wis.

Starbucks Opens Community Store in South Korea
October 01, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. recently opened its first Community Store in the Daehakro neighborhood of Seoul.

Microsoft to Open New York Flagship
September 30, 2014
Microsoft Corp. will open its first Manhattan flagship on Fifth Avenue, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Saks Fifth Avenue to Open Puerto Rico Store
September 30, 2014
Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. and its wholly owned subsidiary Saks Fifth Avenue plan to open a full-line Saks store in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ross Dress for Less to Open a New California Store
September 30, 2014
Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Dress for Less (“Ross”) will open a new store in Southern California on Oct. 11.

Urban Outfitters to Expand Anthropologie Stores
September 29, 2014
Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters plans to supersize some of its Anthropologie stores with more lifestyle merchandise, according to Bloomberg.

Sabra Debuts ‘Hummus House’ Pop-Up Concept
September 29, 2014
Chesterfield County, Va.-based Sabra Dipping Co. recently opened a Sabra Hummus House in Washington, D.C.

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Open Remodeled Delaware Store
September 29, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods will open a remodeled store in Newark, Del., on Oct. 5.

REI to Expand in Los Angeles
September 26, 2014
Seattle-based REI will open a new Los Angeles store in fall 2015.

RadioShack Expands Mobile Device Repair Services
September 26, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corp. is expanding its Fix It Here! mobile repair services to the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area

hhgregg Opens Remodeled Ohio Store
September 26, 2014
Indianapolis-based hhgregg recently opened a remodeled location in Columbus, Ohio.

Hudson’s Bay Co. to Open Saks Stores in Lower Manhattan
September 25, 2014
Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) has signed a lease to open Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks OFF 5TH stores in Lower Manhattan.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Continues Store Expansion
September 25, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. continues to expand, with five new stores planned.

Wahlburgers to Open Three Las Vegas Restaurants
September 25, 2014
Hingham, Mass.-based fast-casual burger chain Wahlburgers recently announced a three-restaurant franchise agreement with Vegas American Hospitality Inc.

Starbucks to Continue Growth in Japan
September 24, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. will acquire the remaining 60.5 percent share of Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. (Starbucks Japan) that the company currently does not own, with plans for growth and innovation in its second-largest market.

Walmart to Offer Checking Accounts
September 24, 2014
Pasadena, Calif-based Green Dot Corp. and Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently announced the nationwide rollout of GoBank, a checking account service available exclusively on the retailer’s shelves.

Sportsman’s Warehouse Continues Expansion
September 24, 2014
Midvale, Utah-based Sportsman’s Warehouse is expanding its operations to include new retail locations in Sheridan, Colo., and Flagstaff, Ariz.

UPS Expands 3-D Printing Services
September 23, 2014
Atlanta-based The UPS Store is expanding its 3-D printing services to nearly 100 additional locations nationwide.

The Home Depot Launches 'DIY' Automotive Business
September 23, 2014
Atlanta-based The Home Depot Inc. is testing a new “Do-It-Yourself” automotive segment, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

dd’s DISCOUNTS to Open a New Orlando Store
September 23, 2014
Dublin, Calif.-based dd’s DISCOUNTS, a division of Ross Stores Inc., will open a new store in Orlando on Sept. 27.

Nordstrom Makes International Debut
September 22, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. has opened its first international store, located at Chinook Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Sam Edelman Expands to West Coast
September 22, 2014
New York-based Sam Edelman recently opened a Los Angeles store, marking its West Coast debut.

Batteries Plus Acquires LED Hut
September 22, 2014
Hartland, Wis.-based Batteries Plus LLC, operator and franchisor of Batteries Plus Bulbs stores, has acquired privately held LED Hut Ltd., a provider of LED lighting products to customers throughout Europe.

Claire’s Opening Branded Shops in Toys ‘R’ Us
September 19, 2014
Wayne, N.J.-based Toys “R” Us Inc. and Chicago-based Claire’s have entered into a strategic global partnership to open Claire’s-branded in-store shops in Toys “R” Us stores.

Auntie Anne’s Enters Partnership with Meijer
September 19, 2014
Lancaster, Pa.-based Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has entered into a partnership with Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer.

TargetExpress to Open in San Diego
September 18, 2014
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. plans to open its sixth TargetExpress store, in the South Park area of San Diego, in July 2015.

West Elm to Make Michigan Debut
September 18, 2014
West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. portfolio of brands, plans to open a new retail store in Birmingham, Mich., on Oct 2.

Shopko to Unveil Revamped Stores
September 17, 2014
Green Bay, Wis.-based Shopko will unveil the results of a partial store-remodeling project in all of its 133 Shopko stores on Sept. 18.

Starbucks, ICA Sweden Announce Partnership
September 17, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. has signed a licensing agreement with ICA Sweden to open Starbucks retail stores in the grocery store channel in Sweden.

Neiman Marcus Group to Acquire Mytheresa.com
September 16, 2014
Dallas-based Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. LLC (NMG) has signed an agreement to acquire the mytheresa.com global online luxury business from Christoph and Susanne Botschen and Acton Capital Partners.

Johnny Rockets to Unveil New Prototype
September 16, 2014
Johnny Rockets recently announced plans for a new multi-format prototype, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

Hudson’s Bay Announces Plans for Eight New Stores
September 16, 2014
Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC), which purchased Saks Fifth Avenue in November 2013, plans to open eight new stores.

Golf Galaxy Opens New Stores
September 15, 2014
Pittsburgh-based specialty golf retailer Golf Galaxy plans to open new stores in Cary, N.C., and Castleton, Ind.

Ulta Beauty to Open 100 Stores Annually
September 15, 2014
Bolingbrook, Ill.-based Ulta Beauty recently announced a five-year strategic growth plan, including opening approximately 100 stores per year.

Melting Pot Plans Canada Expansion
September 15, 2014
Tampa, Fla.-based The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. recently announced that it is seeking franchisees to bring its interactive dining experience to Calgary, Canada, according to FSR magazine.

Dunkin’ Donuts India Expansion on Track
September 12, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts is continuing its rapid development across India with its master franchisee Jubilant FoodWorks.

Five Below Continues Growth
September 12, 2014
Philadelphia-based discount retailer Five Below Inc. plans to open 38 new stores in the third quarter of the fiscal year.

Dollarama to Open 80 New Stores
September 12, 2014
Montreal-based Dollarama Inc. is on target to expand its store network across Canada by 70 to 80 net new stores this year.

Stein Mart Announces Six New Store Openings
September 11, 2014
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Stein Mart has announced six new stores opening this fall as part of its 2014 store expansion plan.

PriceSmart to Open New Clubs in Colombia
September 11, 2014
San Diego-based PriceSmart Inc. recently announced the planned opening dates for three warehouse clubs currently under construction in Colombia.

DSW Continues Growth
September 11, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. opened new stores in New York, Texas and Minneapolis on Sept. 10.

Walmart to Rebrand Express Stores
September 10, 2014
Betonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to extend the Walmart Neighborhood Market name to its smaller-scale Walmart Express stores, according to Supermarket News.

Baskin-Robbins to Expand in Southern California, Detroit
September 10, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Baskin-Robbins plans to expand in Southern California and Detroit.

Krispy Kreme Announces Expansion Plans
September 10, 2014
Winston Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme will open 20 new shops in Southern Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia over the next several years.

Design Americas to Launch in September 2015
September 09, 2014
Emerald Expositions announced the launch of Design Americas, a new show catering to the retail design, hospitality, contract, and kitchen and bath markets.

Starbucks to Launch Roastery, Small-Format Stores
September 09, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. is expanding its store formats and launching a one-of-a-kind, interactive Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room.

CVS Health Acquires Navarro Discount Pharmacy
September 09, 2014
Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health has completed the purchase of Miami-based Navarro Discount Pharmacy.

Target to Open Smaller-Format California Stores
September 08, 2014
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. plans to open two new TargetExpress stores in San Francisco’s Financial District and Berkeley, Calif., in March 2015.

Verizon Opens Smart Store in Santa Maria, Calif.
September 08, 2014
Verizon Wireless has opened its first Smart Store in Santa Maria, Calif. Located at 570 E. Betteravia Rd., the new store marks the debut of the retailer’s new retail store concept, designed to make shopping for wireless devices and services more convenient and personalized.

Nine West Announces Organizational Changes
September 08, 2014
New York-based Sycamore Partners recently announced that the Nine West Footwear Group, an operating division of Nine West Holdings, has been reorganized into four separate businesses, each with its own leadership team.

Mattress Firm to Acquire Sleep Train
September 05, 2014
Houston-based Mattress Firm Holding Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding equity interests in The Sleep Train Inc., a West Coast-based bedding specialty retailer, for $425 million.

Rialto Jean Project Opens New York Pop-Up Shop
September 05, 2014
Rialto Jean Project, the Venice-born fashion-and-art philanthropy fashion brand, has opened a month-long pop-up shop in New York's South Street Seaport.

Domino's Pizza Opens First-Ever Norway Store
September 05, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino’s Pizza has opened its first store in Oslo, Norway.

Neiman Marcus to Open First-Ever New York Flagship
September 04, 2014
Dallas-based Neiman Marcus Group recently announced plans to open a flagship Neiman Marcus store on Manhattan’s west side at Hudson Yards.

CVS Announces Corporate Name Change
September 04, 2014
Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Caremark Corp. is changing its corporate name to CVS Health.

Cold Stone Creamery to Enter Central America
September 04, 2014
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Cold Stone Creamery will make its debut in Central America.

West Elm to Open Pittsburgh Store
September 03, 2014
West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. portfolio of brands, will open a new retail store in Pittsburgh on Sept. 4.

DSW Division Continues U.S. Expansion
September 03, 2014
The Affiliated Business Group (ABG), a division of Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. and Chino, Calif.-based Yellow Box Corp., will open its second Yellow Box Footwear concept store in California.

Nordstrom Rack Grows Store Presence in Miami
September 03, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at The Shops at Midtown Miami.

1-800-Flowers to Acquire Harry & David
September 02, 2014
Carle Place, N.Y.-based 1-800-Flowers has entered into an agreement to acquire Medford, Ore.-based Harry & David Holdings for $142.5 million.

Haberdash Re-Launch to Unveil New Concept
September 02, 2014
Chicago-based men’s lifestyle retail brand Haberdash recently announced that its September re-launch will unveil a new retail “Convergence” concept at its store at the Roosevelt Collection in Chicago’s South Loop.

Peet’s Coffee Launches Chicago Expansion
September 02, 2014
Emeryville, Calif.-based Peet’s Coffee & Tea has launched a major expansion in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Destination XL Plans 40 DXL Stores
August 29, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Destination XL Group Inc. plans to open 40 DXL stores this year.

Circle K Breaks Ground on New Concept
August 29, 2014
Circle K Stores Inc. has broken ground on its newest prototype in Southern California, a 4,500-sq.-ft. flagship store.

Cabela's to Open Ohio Store
August 29, 2014
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. plans to open an 82,000-sq.-ft. store in West Chester, Ohio, serving the greater Cincinnati area.

Michaels to Open 21 Stores
August 28, 2014
Irving, Texas-based The Michaels Cos. Inc. plans to open 21 new Michaels stores in the second half of 2014.

Tiffany Plans New Stores
August 28, 2014
New York-based Tiffany & Co. plans to open 10 company-operated stores before the end of the year.

Newk’s Unveils Smaller-Footprint Store
August 28, 2014
Newk’s Eatery recently debuted a new “Grab-N-Go” concept in the Joseph S. and Theresa R. Bruno Cancer Center at St. Vincent's Health System in Birmingham, Ala., according to FastCasual.com.

Nordstrom Introduces Instagram Shopping Experience
August 27, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. is partnering with Curalate to launch Like2Buy, a platform that will enable a more seamless shopping experience for its customers through Instagram.

Simon, Refinery29 to Launch Pop-Up Concept
August 27, 2014
Indianapolis-based Simon and New York-based Refinery29 will launch “The Shopping Block” experience at six Simon shopping centers in September and October.

Brentwood Associates Acquires Marshall Retail Group
August 27, 2014
Private-equity investment firm Brentwood Associates has acquired Las Vegas-based Marshall Retail Group.

Tim Hortons, Burger King Announce Merger
August 26, 2014
Oakville, Ontario, Canada-based Tim Hortons Inc. and Miami-based Burger King Worldwide Inc. recently announced a definitive agreement under which the two companies will create a new global company in the quick service restaurant sector.

Bain Capital Invests in TOMS Shoes
August 26, 2014
Boston-based private-equity firm Bain Capital LLC has agreed to acquire a 50 percent stake in Los Angeles-based TOMS Shoes Inc., according to Reuters.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Continues Growth
August 26, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods will open its 31st store in North Carolina on Sept. 5.

Nordstrom Completes Acquisition of Trunk Club
August 25, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. closed on its acquisition of Trunk Club on August 22.

Saks to Anchor New Miami Development
August 25, 2014
Swire Properties Inc. and Whitman Family Development, developers of Bal Harbour Shops, have entered an agreement with Hudson’s Bay Company for Saks Fifth Avenue to open a department store in Brickell City Centre in Miami.

Field & Stream to Open in Columbus, Ohio
August 25, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods will open its newest Field & Stream store in Columbus, Ohio.

Five Below to Make Brooklyn Debut
August 22, 2014
Philadelphia-based Five Below continues its rapid growth with the opening of its first location in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 29.

Golfsmith Continues to Expand in South Florida
August 22, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Golfsmith Intl. continues to expand its presence in South Florida with a newly relocated superstore in Palm Beach Gardens and a new store in Pembroke Pines.

Dunkin’ Donuts Plans for 14 Kansas Stores
August 22, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts recently signed multi-unit store development agreements with three franchise groups to develop 14 new restaurants in Wichita and Topeka, Kansas, over the next several years.

Seiko Opens First U.S. Boutique
August 21, 2014
Seiko Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Seiko Watch Corp., has opened its first Seiko boutique in the United States.

Nordstrom Rack Opens Virginia Store
August 21, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. will open a new store in Springfield, Va., in spring 2015.

Food Lion Unveils New Shopping Experience
August 21, 2014
Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion has unveiled a new, easier shopping experience for customers in 31 stores in the greater Wilmington, N.C., market.

CitySCENE Hits Columbus Aug. 28
August 20, 2014
design:retail’s next CitySCENE networking event will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 28.

Country Club Prep to Open First Bricks-and-Mortar Store
August 20, 2014
Country Club Prep, an e-commerce retailer known for preppy apparel, will open its first bricks-and-mortar store in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 23.

Uber Launches Drugstore Delivery Service
August 20, 2014
Taxi app company Uber recently introduced a trial service offering on-demand delivery of medicine, toiletries and other drugstore products, according to CNNMoney.

Aeropostale’s Geiger to Rejoin Company as CEO
August 19, 2014
New York-based Aeropostale Inc. recently announced that Julian R. Geiger has rejoined the company as CEO, effective immediately.

The Fred Segal Collective Opens at SLS Las Vegas
August 19, 2014
Southern California lifestyle brand Fred Segal recently opened The Fred Segal Collective, an exclusive multi-store retail experience, at SLS Las Vegas.

CKE Restaurants Holdings Surpasses 3,500th Restaurant Milestone
August 19, 2014
Carpinteria, Calif.-based CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc. recently opened a Hardee’s in Marassi, Egypt, and a Carl’s Jr. in Conroe, Texas, marking the company’s 3,500th and 3,501st restaurants worldwide.

design:retail to Host Forum 2014 in Savannah, Ga.
August 18, 2014
The design:retail Forum 2014 with be held Sept. 18-20 at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Ga.

Dollar General Makes Proposal to Acquire Family Dollar
August 18, 2014
Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General has made a proposal to acquire Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $78.50, in a transaction valued at $9.7 billion.

Golf Galaxy to Open New Stores
August 18, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Golf Galaxy, a full-line, interactive golf retailer, plans to open new stores in Cary, N.C., and Castleton, Ind.

Kohl’s to Open Four New Stores
August 15, 2014
Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based Kohl’s Corp. recently announced plans to open four new stores.

Steve Madden Acquires Dolce Vita
August 15, 2014
Long Island City, N.Y.-based Steve Madden has completed the acquisition of privately held Dolce Vita Holdings Inc., which specializes in the design, sourcing and sale of branded and private label footwear.

Apple to Open U.A.E. Store
August 15, 2014
Apple recently posted retail job listings for a store in the United Arab Emirates, according to MacRumors.

Target Canada Outlines Key Initiatives
August 14, 2014
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-based Target Canada recently announced several initiatives to improve business performance.

Jo-Ann Stores Announces CEO Transition
August 14, 2014
Hudson, Ohio-based Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores recently announced that Travis Smith is stepping down as the company’s president and CEO, effective immediately.

Burger 21 Continues Expansion
August 14, 2014
Tampa, Fla.-based Burger 21, a burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., has signed its first franchise agreement in Michigan.

Wet Seal Launches Wet Seal+ Plus Banner
August 13, 2014
Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based The Wet Seal Inc. will launch a new banner called Wet Seal+ Plus on Aug. 16.

Destination Maternity CEO Steps Down
August 13, 2014
Philadelphia-based Destination Maternity Corp. recently announced that Ed Krell is stepping down as the company’s CEO and a member of its board of directors.

Jones Jeanswear Group Becomes ONE Jeanswear Group
August 13, 2014
New York-based Nine West Jeanswear Group Inc., formerly known as Jones Jeanswear Group, announced today that it is changing its name to ONE Jeanswear Group Inc.

M&M’s World Opens in Shanghai
August 12, 2014
M&M’s has opened its first M&M’s World store in Asia— M&M’s World Shanghai—on East Nanjing Road.

CVS/pharmacy Enters Washington State
August 12, 2014
Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS/pharmacy recently launched its entrance into the Seattle market with the opening of a new location in the city of Renton, Wash., which marks the first CVS/pharmacy in the state.

Bob’s Discount Furniture Continues Expansion
August 12, 2014
Manchester, Conn.-based Bob’s Discount Furniture will open its newest stores in Riverhead, N.Y., and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Aug. 28.

Microsoft Eyeing Manhattan Store
August 11, 2014
Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. is looking to open a New York store on Fifth Avenue, according to InformationWeek.

DSW Division Opens California Store
August 11, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based Affiliated Business Group (ABG), a division of DSW Inc. and Chino, Calif.-based Yellow Box Corp., announced the opening of its first Yellow Box Footwear concept store in California.

Tumi to Open 25 New Stores in 2014
August 11, 2014
South Plainfield, N.J.-based Tumi Holdings Inc. opened five new stores, renovated three stores and closed one store during the second quarter of 2014.

American Apparel Opens Relocated France Store
August 08, 2014
Los Angeles-based American Apparel has relocated its store in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Guitar Center Opens Times Square Store
August 08, 2014
Los Angeles-based Guitar Center opened a new store in New York’s Times Square on Aug. 7.

Banana Republic Unveils New Look
August 08, 2014
San Francisco-based Banana Republic is revealing a new look as part of a shift across the entire brand, from the product and styling of the collection, to the debut of the global marketing campaign.

UNIQLO Continues Singapore Expansion
August 07, 2014
UNIQLO Co. Ltd., a division of Japan-based Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., plans to open four new stores in Singapore by the end of the year, bringing the total to 22 stores.

IKEA Miami to Open Aug. 27
August 07, 2014
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA recently announced that its future Miami-Dade store will open in Sweetwater, Fla., on Aug. 27.

Cold Stone Creamery to Enter Pakistan
August 07, 2014
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based The Cold Stone Creamery continues to expand internationally with its newest locations in Pakistan.

Walgreens, Alliance Boots Announce Merger
August 06, 2014
Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens has exercised its option to complete the second step of its strategic transaction with Alliance Boots GmbH ahead of the original option period, which was between February and August 2015.

JCPenney to Open First-Ever Brooklyn Store
August 06, 2014
Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney Co. Inc. will open its first-ever Brooklyn, N.Y., store, increasing its New York footprint.

CitySCENE Hits Columbus Aug. 28
August 06, 2014
design:retail’s next CitySCENE networking event will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 28.

design:retail State of the Retail Design Industry Survey
August 05, 2014
Complete design:retail’s annual State of the Retail Design Industry Survey and share how you feel about the future of the industry!

RadioShack Opens 23 Interactive Remodel Stores
August 05, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corp. recently announced the opening of 23 new interactive remodel stores in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Robert Graham to Open Las Vegas Store
August 05, 2014
Robert Graham has signed a new lease agreement to open a branded retail store featuring the full Robert Graham collection in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo in Las Vegas.

design:retail to Host Forum 2014 in Savannah, Ga.
August 04, 2014
The design:retail Forum 2014 with be held Sept. 18-20 at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Ga.

STORES Magazine Announces Hot 100 Retailers List
August 04, 2014
STORES magazine has released its “Hot 100 Retailers” list, which was compiled by Kantar Retail and featured in the magazine’s August issue. The list highlights retail companies that reported the greatest increase in domestic sales between 2012 and 2013.

P.S. From Aeropostale Launches In Mexico
August 04, 2014
New York-based Aeropostale Inc. has launched its P.S. from Aeropostale brand in Mexico through a licensing partnership with Distribuidora Liverpool, S.A. de C.V. (Liverpool).

design:retail Announces 2014 West Coast Student Window Challenge Winners
August 01, 2014
design:retail announced that Amina Malik and Stephanie Aguilar, visual communications students from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), are the winners of the West Coast rendition of the 2014 Student Window Challenge in Beverly Hills, Calif., presented by Saks Fifth Avenue.

bareMinerals Unveils New Concept Store in New York
August 01, 2014
San Francisco-based bareMinerals has launched its first-ever bareMinerals Shade Shop in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.

Target Canada Opens Three New Stores
August 01, 2014
Target Canada, a division of Minneapolis-based Target Corp., announced the grand opening of three new stores located at Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga, Ontario; Park Place in Barrie, Ontario; and Carrefour Candiac in Candiac, Quebec.

Nordstrom to Acquire Trunk Club
July 31, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service for men.

Dollar General Rolls Out DG Digital Coupons
July 31, 2014
Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General, in partnership with Coupons.com, has completed the successful rollout of its new DG Digital Coupons program to its more than 11,300 stores across 40 states.

Target Names New CEO
July 31, 2014
 Minneapolis-based Target Corp. announced that it has named Brian Cornell as its CEO and chairman of the board of directors, effective Aug. 12.

Project Windows Chicago Announces 2014 Winners
July 30, 2014
Nearly 40 of Chicago’s top retailers from Michigan Avenue, Oak Street and Chicago’s Loop participated in the Project Windows visual competition in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s summer blockbuster exhibition, “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” which opened to the public on June 24.

Wegmans to Open 10 New Stores
July 30, 2014
Rochester, N.Y.-based grocery store chain Wegmans plans to open 10 new stores over the next three years, according to a statement made to The Huffington Post by Jo Natale, Wegmans' director of media relations.

Outback Steakhouse Debuts Newly Designed Restaurant
July 30, 2014
Outback Steakhouse, a division of Tampa, Fla.-based Bloomin’ Brands Inc., will debut its newest restaurant location in Orlando, Fla., at the Orlando Eye on Aug. 4.

Dollar Tree to Acquire Family Dollar Stores
July 29, 2014
Chesapeake, Va.-based Dollar Tree Inc. and Matthews, N.C.-based Family Dollar Stores Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Dollar Tree will acquire Family Dollar in a cash and stock transaction.

TCBY, Mrs. Fields Continue to Expand Dual-Brand Concept
July 29, 2014
Broomfield, Colo.-based Famous Brands Intl., the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, will debut its dual-brand TCBY and Mrs. Fields Cookies layout in Los Angeles.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Expand in Minnesota
July 29, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees, Brian and Sharon Weidendorf, to develop seven restaurants in Duluth, Minn., and the surrounding areas.

Destination Maternity Withdraws Proposal to Combine with Mothercare
July 28, 2014
Philadelphia-based Destination Maternity Corp. recently announced that it does not intend to make an offer for Mothercare plc and is withdrawing its proposal for a possible combination with the company.

Apple Opens China Store
July 28, 2014
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. has opened a new store in Chongqing, China, according to 9to5Mac.

Krystal Launches Redesign
July 28, 2014
Atlanta-based Krystal is refreshing its stores, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Starbucks Opens First of Three Planned Vietnam Stores
July 25, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. recently opened a new store in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Von Maur Makes Oklahoma Debut
July 25, 2014
Davenport, Iowa-based Von Maur Department will open its 30th store at Quail Springs Mall in northern Oklahoma City on Oct. 18.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Opens Pennsylvania Store
July 25, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods will open a relocated store in Monroeville, Pa.

design:retail, Saks Fifth Avenue to Host West Coast Student Window Challenge
July 24, 2014
design:retail, in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue, will host the West Coast Student Window Challenge on Thursday, July 31.

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.

DICK'S Sporting Goods Opens Relocated Ohio Store
July 21, 2014
Pittsburgh-based DICK'S Sporting Goods recently announced that it will open a relocated store at Easton Gateway Shopping Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Field & Stream Continues Expansion
July 18, 2014
Specialty sporting goods retailer Field & Stream, which is owned and operated by Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods, continues to expand its store base with two new locations—in Columbus, Ohio, and Cary, N.C.

RadioShack Opens Fifth Interactive Remodeled Store in New Orleans Area
July 18, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack will open its fifth interactive remodeled store in the New Orleans area on July 19.

The Cheesecake Factory Expands to Mexico
July 18, 2014
Calabasas Hills, Calif.-based The Cheesecake Factory announced that its licensee in Latin America, Alsea, S.A.B. de C.V., has opened its first The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Mexico in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Starbucks Unveils Colombia Store
July 17, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. debuted its first store in Colombia.

Fred Segal to Open Tokyo Lifestyle Center
July 17, 2014
Los Angeles-based Fred Segal will debut a new international lifestyle center concept in Tokyo in spring 2015, according to www.wwd.com.

Nordstrom Rack to Open Minnesota Store
July 17, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at The Shops at Knollwood in St. Louis Park, Minn.

design:retail to Host Forum 2014 in Savannah, Ga.
July 16, 2014
The design:retail Forum 2014 with be held Sept. 18-20 at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Ga.

Corner Bakery Café to Expand into Oregon
July 16, 2014
Dallas-based Corner Bakery Café recently announced its entry into Oregon, with the addition of franchise partner NW Ventures, led by multi-restaurant operator Luis Boyance.

West Elm to Open New Orleans Store
July 16, 2014
West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. portfolio of brand, plans to open a new retail store in New Orleans on July 24.

CVS Caremark to Purchase Navarro Discount Pharmacy
July 15, 2014
Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Caremark has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Miami-based Navarro Discount Pharmacy.

Aaron’s to Close 44 Stores, Focus on Growing Franchisee Network
July 15, 2014
Atlanta-based Aaron’s Inc. recently announced plans to close 44 stores, as part of its plans to position the company for long-term growth and profitability.

Ikea to Open Las Vegas Store
July 15, 2014
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA has submitted plans for a Las Vegas-area store.

Birchbox Opens First Bricks-and-Mortar Store
July 14, 2014
New York-based ecommerce company Birchbox opened its first-ever brick-and-mortar store in New York on July 11.

Crumbs Reaches Acquisition Agreement
July 14, 2014
New York-based Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. has entered into an agreement through which Lemonis Fischer Acquisition Co. LLC will acquire the Crumbs’ business as part of the company’s filing of voluntary Chapter 11 petitions.

Ross Dress for Less to Open New Stores in Georgia, Kentucky
July 14, 2014
Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Dress for Less will open two new stores in the southeast on July 19.

GlobalShop 2015: Call for Papers Deadline Extended
July 11, 2014
The submission deadline for the GlobalShop 2015 Call for Papers has been extended to Friday, July 25.

Olive Garden Revamps Store Design
July 11, 2014
Olive Garden, a division of Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants Inc., recently unveiled a revamped store design at two Florida restaurants, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

Sbarro Expands Presence in South America
July 11, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based Sbarro recently announced its entry into Bolivia with a new store opening at the Ventura Mall in Santa Cruz.

design:retail, Saks Fifth Avenue to Host West Coast Student Window Challenge
July 10, 2014
design:retail, in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue, will host the West Coast Student Window Challenge on Thursday, July 31.

DSW Makes Canadian Debut
July 10, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. has opened its first two DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse stores in Canada, in partnership with Town Shoes Ltd.

Nordstrom to Close Florida Store
July 10, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to close its Florida Mall Store in Orlando, Fla.

Carrefour to Exit India
July 09, 2014
French supermarket operator Carrefour SA will shutter its Indian operations and close its wholesale stores in the country, according to Reuters.

Cabela’s Announces Plans for Canada Store
July 09, 2014
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. plans to open a new store in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Academy Sports + Outdoors to Enter Louisville, Ky.
July 09, 2014
Katy, Texas-based Academy Sports + Outdoors will enter the Louisville, Ky., market with three stores.

Major Retail Upgrades Announced for LaGuardia Airport
July 08, 2014
Airport retail developer MarketPlace Development recently announced that the Food & Shops at LaGuardia's Terminal B will receive a major overhaul in 2014.

Dubai Project to Include World’s Biggest Mall
July 08, 2014
Dubai will open an entertainment and hotel district that will include the world’s largest shopping mall, according to Reuters.

Cost Plus World Market Opens New Jersey Store
July 08, 2014
Oakland, Calif.-based Cost Plus World Market has opened its first store in the Northeast region.

Bonobos Plans Substantial Bricks-and-Mortar Growth
July 07, 2014
New York-based online fashion retailer Bonobos Inc. plans to quadruple its real-world presence with 30 additional bricks-and-mortar stores over the next two years, according to the New York Business Journal.

Spencer's Retail Announces Plans to Restructure
July 07, 2014
Indian retail chain Spencer's Retail Ltd., a subsidiary of RP-Sanjiv Goenka, is restructuring its retail store model, according to Business Standard.

Ross Dress for Less Continues Expansion Program
July 07, 2014
Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Dress for Less will open three new stores in Indiana on July 19.

ICFF to Expand in 2015
July 03, 2014
Now a part of the Emerald Expositions Design Group, a division of San Juan Capistrano, Calif-based Emerald Expositions, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is poised for significant growth in 2015.

UGG Launches New Tween Brand
July 03, 2014
UGG Australia will launch “I Heart UGG,” a premium tween brand for girls, on July 14.

Mothercare Rejects Destination Maternity Takeover
July 03, 2014
British maternity retailer Mothercare has rebuffed two recent takeover approaches made by Philadelphia-based Destination Maternity, the operator of A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity stores, according to The New York Times.

Apple to Expand in China
July 02, 2014
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. plans to open new stores in China, according to Bloomberg.

Staples Rolls Out ‘Staples Connect’ Concept to 500 Stores
July 02, 2014
Framingham, Mass.-based Staples recently announced a series of major expansions of its home and office automation platform, Staples Connect.

REI to Expand in Georgia, New Jersey
July 02, 2014
Seattle-based REI will open stores in two new locations in spring 2015.

American Eagle Outfitters to Enter the United Kingdom
July 01, 2014
Pittsburgh-based American Eagle Outfitters Inc. recently announced its entry into the United Kingdom, as the company expands its global presence with the opening of three new company-owned and operated stores.

bebe to Exit 2b Concept
July 01, 2014
Brisbane, Calif.-based women’s retailer bebe stores inc. recently announced the exit of its 2b business and a comprehensive cost-reduction program as part of the company’s ongoing turnaround plan.

Meijer to Open Detroit Store
July 01, 2014
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based plans to open a second Detroit store.

Verizon Continues to Roll Out ‘Smart Store’ Concept
June 30, 2014
New York-based Verizon Wireless continues to roll out its new retail store design with a new 4,200-sq.-ft. Hutchinson, Kan., store.

Barnes & Noble to Split Retail Stores, Nook Digital Business
June 30, 2014
New York-based Barnes & Noble Inc. will separate its Nook digital business from its consumer bookstores, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Trader Joe’s to Expand in Florida
June 30, 2014
Trader Joe’s has unveiled three dates for its upcoming stores in South Florida, according to the South Florida Business Journal.

Sports Authority Opens Redesigned Bay Area Stores
June 27, 2014
Englewood, Colo.-based Sports Authority announced that it is hosting grand reopening events for its redesigned stores in the Bay Area of San Francisco on June 28.

PBteen Unveils New Store in Virginia
June 27, 2014
PBteen, a division of San Francisco-based Williams-Sonoma Inc., announced the opening of its new PBteen store at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Va. This store marks the 17th PBteen location and the second combined Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen store in the United States. 

Round Table Pizza Introduces New Concept
June 27, 2014
Dublin, Calif.-based Round Table Pizza, a chain of 450 restaurants located throughout the West Coast, has entered into the fast-casual segment with the opening of its new concept, Fresh Pixx.

Restoration Hardware Unveils New York Store
June 26, 2014
Corte Madera, Calif.-based RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc.) announced the opening of RH New York, The Gallery in the Historic Flatiron District.

AT&T Opens New Utah Store Focused on Customers' Mobile Lifestyle
June 26, 2014
AT&T Inc. has opened a new location in Sandy, Utah, with a store design that focuses on the customer's mobile lifestyle.

Target Receives LEED Certification for All 2013 Canada Stores
June 26, 2014
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. announced that all 124 store locations that opened across Canada in 2013 have been awarded LEED certification.

Juicy Couture to Expand, Open New U.S. Stores in 2015
June 25, 2014
The Juicy Couture brand, now under the ownership of Authentic Brands Group LLC (ABG), is expanding in the United States and globally.

Last Chance to Register for CitySCENE Minneapolis
June 25, 2014
design:retail will host CitySCENE Minneapolis on Thursday, June 26.

Beymen Opens Istanbul Store
June 25, 2014
Turkish retailer Beymen recently opened a new store at Akasya Acıbadem Shopping Center in Istanbul.

Sam’s Club Opens Kansas City Store
June 24, 2014
Kansas City, Mo.-based Sam’s Club, a division of Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will open a new Kansas City club on June 26.

Rite Aid Opens Revamped Store in Beverly Hills, Calif.
June 24, 2014
Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid has reopened its Beverly Hills, Calif., store, located at 300 N. Canon Dr.

Bass Pro Shops to Open New York Store
June 24, 2014
Springfield, Mo.-based Bass Pro Shops recently announced plans for a 145,000-sq.-ft. store in Victor, N.Y., according to The Post Standard.

Apple Opens Madrid Store
June 23, 2014
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. opened a new store in Madrid on June 21, according to Forbes.

dd's DISCOUNTS to Debut in New Jersey
June 23, 2014
Dublin, Calif.-based dd's DISCOUNTS, a division of Ross Stores Inc., will open its first store in New Jersey on June 28. The store is located in the Capitol Plaza in Ewing.

Plans Announced for Houston Mixed-Use Development
June 23, 2014
A development venture comprising Patrinely Group, CDC Houston and USAA Real Estate Co. recently announced project details for the new CityPlace, formerly known as Springwoods Village Town Center.

Last Chance to Vote for the design:retail Portfolio Awards
June 20, 2014
Don't miss your chance to vote in the annual design:retail reader survey that determines the winners of the 2014 Portfolio Awards, which will be featured in the September issue of design:retail.

Coach to Restructure Retail Business
June 20, 2014
Coach Inc. announced that it will close 70 underperforming stores in the United States and revamp its outlet business.

American Apparel Fires CEO Dov Charney
June 19, 2014
On Wednesday, June 18, the board of Los Angeles-based apparel and accessory manufacturer American Apparel moved to fire company founder and CEO Dov Charney “for cause.”

Cole Haan Unveils New Tokyo Flagship
June 19, 2014
New York-based Cole Haan announced the opening of Cole Haan Ginza, a new retail location in the heart of Ginza, Tokyo's premier shopping district.

Men's Wearhouse Completes Jos. A. Bank Acquisition
June 19, 2014
Fremont, Calif.-based The Men's Wearhouse announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.

US Foods Opens Fourth CHEF’STORE
June 19, 2014
Rosemont, Ill.-based US Foods has opened the country’s fourth CHEF’STORE—a wholesale food and restaurant supply store—in Tempe, Ariz.

Join Us for CitySCENE Minneapolis
June 18, 2014
design:retail is heading to the land of Vikings, Prince, Mary Tyler Moore and St. Olaf stories with CitySCENE Minneapolis on Thursday, June 26.

Josie Natori Opens First U.S. Boutique, Expands Line
June 18, 2014
Designer Josie Natori has opened her first U.S. boutique at 253 Elizabeth St. in Manhattan’s NoLIta neighborhood.

Starbucks to Fund College for Employees
June 18, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co.’s CEO Howard Schultz announced that the company would pay for its employees to get bachelor’s degrees through Arizona State University’s online program.

Under Armour to Open Brand House Store in Chicago
June 17, 2014
Baltimore-based Under Armour announced that it will open its newest specialty retail store on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

7-Eleven to Enter Middle East Region
June 17, 2014
Dallas-based convenience store chain 7-Eleven Inc. has signed a master franchise agreement with Seven Emirates Investment LLC to develop and operate 7-Eleven stores in the U.A.E.

Tropical Smoothie Café Expands in Denver
June 17, 2014
Atlanta-based Tropical Smoothie Café announced plans to expand its presence in the greater-Denver area by developing 25 locations in the coming years.

London’s Regent Street Launches Mobile App
June 16, 2014
London’s famed Regent Street announced that it is Europe’s first shopping street to offer a personalized mobile phone app with Beacon technology, delivering exclusive, custom content to shoppers about what’s on offer during their visit.

Diane von Furstenberg to Open First Georgia Store
June 16, 2014
Designer label Diane von Furstenberg plans to open its first Georgia store at Lenox Square mall, located in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Red Mango Opens 300th Location
June 16, 2014
Dallas-based yogurt and smoothie chain Red Mango announced the opening of its 300th location and the company's signature new store design in Oak Park, Ill.

La Boulange Opens Los Angeles Store
June 13, 2014
San Francisco-based La Boulange, recently acquired by Seattle-based Starbucks Corp., opened its first Los Angeles restaurant on June 12, located at 359 S La Brea Ave.

Palladin Consumer Retail Partners Acquires Aerosoles
June 13, 2014
Boston-based Palladin Consumer Retail Partners LLC has acquired Edison, N.J.-based footwear company Aerosoles.

Lowe’s Launches 3-D Room Remodeling Concept
June 13, 2014
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s Companies Inc. recently introduced Lowe’s Holoroom, the first concept to come out of its Lowe’s Innovation Labs.

Warby Parker to Open Dallas Store
June 12, 2014
New York-based online prescription eyeglass retailer Warby Parker plans to open a new store in Dallas, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Arby's Launches Nationwide Brand Revitalization Initiative
June 12, 2014
Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Inc. is launching a major remodeling program nationwide.

TCBY, Mrs. Fields Plan Dual-Brand Locations
June 12, 2014
Broomfiled, Colo.-based Famous Brands Intl., the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, has revealed plans to develop newly-designed, dual-brand Mrs. Fields/TCBY locations.

design:retail Portfolio Awards: Vote Now!
June 11, 2014
design:retail invites you to take part in the annual reader survey that determines the winners of the 2014 Portfolio Awards, which also will be featured in the September issue of design:retail.

Dunkin' Donuts to Open First Freestanding Restaurants in California
June 11, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts will open its first-ever freestanding restaurants in California.

RadioShack Continues Store Remodel Program
June 11, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corp. recently announced that amidst disappointing sales and gross margin performance during first-quarter fiscal year 2015, the company plans to continue its store remodel program.

Urban Outfitters Opens New York Lifestyle Destination
June 10, 2014
Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters recently opened a lifestyle center in New York’s Herald Square.

Dollar General to Expand Into New Markets
June 10, 2014
Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General Corp. will expand its nationwide presence into three new states within the next year.

The Melting Pot Targets Alaska Expansion
June 10, 2014
Tampa, Fla.-based The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. is looking to expand into Alaska.

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design:retail, Saks Announce New York Student Window Challenge Winner for 2014
June 09, 2014
design:retail announced that Meredith Christensen-Jennings and Linda Gjolaj from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) are the winners of the 2014 Student Window Challenge in New York, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sycamore Partners Acquires Coldwater Creek
June 09, 2014
New York-based private-equity firm Sycamore Partners has acquired the Coldwater Creek brand and other intellectual property.

American Girl to Open Arizona Store
June 09, 2014
Middleton, Wis.-based American Girl, a division of Mattel Inc., plans to open its newest experiential retail store in Scottsdale, Ariz.

M&M’s Store Opens in Paris Airport
June 06, 2014
Mars International Travel Retail (MITR) has opened an M&M’s store at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

RadioShack to Launch RadioShack Labs Concept
June 06, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corp. and San Francisco-based PCH have launched RadioShack Labs, a collaboration to support inventors and startups.

Soft Surroundings to Expand
June 06, 2014
St. Louis-based women’s fashion and home décor retailer Soft Surroundings will open six new stores, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

CitySCENE Hits Paris June 19
June 05, 2014
Hosted by JPMA, design:retail’s next CitySCENE networking event will take place in Paris on June 19.

Five Below Expands in Texas
June 05, 2014
Philadelphia-based Five Below will open its first stores in Houston, Texas, on June 6.

Cabela’s to Open Three New Stores
June 05, 2014
Sydney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. plans to open three new stores in three new markets: Huntsville, Ala.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Woodbury, N.Y.

Starbucks Opens Disney World Café
June 04, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. opened its first company-owned café at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on May 27.

Hershey Opens Las Vegas Flagship
June 04, 2014
Hershey, Pa.-based The Hershey Co. recently opened a Hershey’s Chocolate World retail experience at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

L.L.Bean to Make Vermont Debut
June 04, 2014
Freeport, Maine-based L.L.Bean is set to expand its retail operation with the opening of a Burlington, Vt., store.

Express to Enter South Africa
June 03, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based Express Inc. recently announced that one of its subsidiaries has entered into a franchise agreement with retail franchise operator Edcon Group to bring the Express brand to South Africa.

Sears Debuts New Connected Solutions Shops
June 03, 2014
Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears recently introduced Connected Solutions powered by Shop Your Way, experiential shops that showcase connected home and personal automation products.

Father’s Day Spending to Increase
June 03, 2014
The 2014 average Father’s Day spending is projected to be up 7.5 percent, according to the annual Brand Keys’ Father's Day survey.

design:retail, Saks Fifth Avenue to Host Student Window Challenge
June 02, 2014
design:retail, in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue, will host the third-annual Student Window Challenge on Thursday, June 5.

Gypsy05 to Make Bricks-and-Mortar Debut
June 02, 2014
Los Angeles-based eco-friendly brand Gypsy05 will open its first two bricks-and-mortar locations in the Los Angeles area at the end of the month.

Disney Store Opens in Michigan
June 02, 2014
Pasadena, Calif.-based Disney Store has opened a newly designed store at Somerset Collection in Troy, Mich.

Signet Jewelers Acquires Zale Corp.
May 30, 2014
Signet Jewelers Ltd. has completed its acquisition of Zale Corp. for $1.46 billion.

Macy’s to Anchor New Hawaii Mall
May 30, 2014
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. will anchor the new Ka Makana Ali‘i in Kapolei in West O‘ahu, Hawaii.

Make Meaning Continues Expansion
May 30, 2014
New York-based crafts emporium Make Meaning will open its newest store in Bethesda, Md., on June 9.

Comptoir des Cotonniers Debuts Virtual Boutiques
May 29, 2014
French fashion retailer Comptoir des Cotonniers, a division of Japan-based Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., recently introduced its “Fast Shopping” concept, launching more than 10,000 virtual boutiques in major cities in France.

Apple to Acquire Beats Music, Beats Electronics
May 29, 2014
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple has agreed to acquire subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which produces Beats headphones, speakers and audio software.

Friendly Express to Refresh Stores
May 29, 2014
Friendly Express has enlisted global brand agency CBX to help update the design and branding of its convenience stores.

design:retail, Saks Fifth Avenue to Host Student Window Challenge
May 28, 2014
design:retail, in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue, will host the third-annual Student Window Challenge on Thursday, June 5.

Starbucks to Open Los Angeles Restaurant
May 28, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. will open a branch of its Boulange café chain in Los Angeles, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Announces New Stores
May 28, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods has opened new stores in Kansas, Virginia and North Carolina.

CVS in Talks to Acquire Brazilian Drugstore Chain
May 27, 2014
Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Caremark Corp. is looking to acquire Brazil-based drugstore chain Drogarias Pacheco São Paulo (DPSP), according to The Wall Street Journal.

Hess Sells Retail Business to Marathon
May 27, 2014
New York-based Hess Corp. has agreed to sell its retail business to Marathon Petroleum Corp. for $2.6 billion.

Hibbett Sports Continues Expansion
May 27, 2014
Birmingham, Ala.-based Hibbett Sports Inc. plans to open 75-80 new stores during fiscal 2015.

Restoration Hardware Opens RH Greenwich
May 23, 2014
Corte Madera, Calif.-based RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc.) opened RH Greenwich, The Gallery at the Historic Post Office, on May 16.

Art Van PureSleep Continues Expansion
May 23, 2014
Warren, Mich.-based Art Van Furniture has opened its newest Art Van PureSleep store in Lake Orion, Mich.

Zumiez to Open 55 Stores
May 23, 2014
Lynnwood, Wash.-based action sports retailer Zumiez Inc. plans to open approximately 55 stores in fiscal 2014.

Foot Locker Launches New In-Store Shop Concept
May 22, 2014
Foot Locker Inc. recently introduced its Eastbay Performance Zone concept at Champs Sports.

Lowe's to Open 15 New Stores
May 22, 2014
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe's Cos. Inc. plans to open 15 new stores during fiscal 2014.

American Eagle Outfitters to Close 150 Stores
May 22, 2014
Pittsburgh-based American Eagle Outfitters Inc. plans to close 150 stores.

J. Crew Continues International Expansion
May 21, 2014
New York-based J. Crew Group Inc. will open its first Asian stores this week, according to Bloomberg.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Plans 59 New Stores
May 21, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. plans to open 50 stores, relocate five stores and remodel five stores during the fiscal year.

Fazoli’s to Open First On-Campus Restaurant
May 21, 2014
Lexington, Ky.-based Fazoli’s will open its first on-campus unit at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Subway to Add 3,000 Locations Worldwide
May 20, 2014
Milford, Conn.-based Subway plans to open about 3,000 new locations worldwide this year.

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH Announces New Locations
May 20, 2014
New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plans to open new stores in San Diego and Boston.

The Cheesecake Factory to Expand in Asia
May 20, 2014
Calabasas Hills, Calif.-based The Cheesecake Factory Inc. has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Hong Kong-based Maxim’s Caterers Ltd.

Darden Announces Sale of Red Lobster
May 19, 2014
Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Red Lobster chain to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion.

Costco Opens Spain Store
May 19, 2014
Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco Wholesale Corp. has opened its first store in continental Europe, according to Bloomberg.

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Whole Foods to Open Oregon Store
May 19, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market will open its newest location in Tigard, Ore., on May 21.

Sears Explores Sale of Sears Canada
May 16, 2014
Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings Corp. is exploring strategic alternatives for its 51 percent interest in Sears Canada.

Dunkin' Donuts to Enter Sweden
May 16, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a master franchise agreement with Coffee & Brands Sweden AB to begin developing Dunkin' Donuts restaurants across Sweden.

Parent Company of Red Mango Expands Portfolio
May 16, 2014
Dallas-based BRIX Holdings LLC, a newly-formed multibrand franchising company, recently announced the addition of Smoothie Factory and RedBrick Pizza to its portfolio.

CitySCENE Hits San Francisco May 20
May 15, 2014
design:retail’s next CitySCENE networking event will take place in San Francisco on May 20.

Selfridges Named ‘Best Department Store in the World’
May 15, 2014
At the 4th Global Department Store Summit (GDSS) held May 8-9 in Singapore, The Intercontinental Group of Department Stores (IGDS) named Selfridges the Best Department Store in the World for a third consecutive time.

Starbucks Expanding Presence in Latin America
May 15, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. will expand its presence in Latin America, with new stores planned for Colombia, Bolivia and Panama over the course of the next year.

New Mixed-Use Retail Project to Open in Atlanta
May 14, 2014
San Diego developer OliverMcMillan has confirmed 28 retailers and restaurants for its Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use project, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

CST Brands Plans 38 New Stores
May 14, 2014
San Antonio-based convenience store operator CST Brands Inc. plans to open 38 new stores in North America during fiscal 2014.

Togo's Continues Expansion
May 14, 2014
Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Togo's Eateries Inc. has opened its latest restaurants in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, Calif.

Filson Makes East Coast Debut
May 13, 2014
Seattle-based C.C. Filson Co. has opened its first East Coast retail store.

Chico's FAS Announces International Expansion
May 13, 2014
New York-based Chico's FAS Inc. will expand internationally with the opening of three Chico's boutiques in Canada.

DSW Inc. Completes Town Shoes Acquisition
May 13, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. has closed its initial acquisition of Canadian footwear and accessories retailer Town Shoes Ltd. for $68.7 million.

Panasonic Debuts In-Store Shop Concept
May 12, 2014
Newark, N.J.-based electronics retailer Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has unveiled its first LUMIX Lounge concept in the United States.

RadioShack to Reduce Store Closures
May 12, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corp. plans to close fewer stores than it originally announced in March, according to Reuters.

DSW Announces New Store Openings
May 12, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. will open two new stores in Massachusetts and New York.

Barnes & Noble to Expand College Stores
May 09, 2014
New York-based Barnes & Noble Inc. plans to have about 1,000 college bookstores within five years, according to Reuters.

Citizen Watch to Open Times Square Flagship
May 09, 2014
Citizen Watch Co. recently announced the upcoming debut of the brand’s global flagship store in New York’s Times Square.

Lane Bryant Announces New Store Openings
May 09, 2014
Lane Bryant, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suffern, N.Y.-based Ascent Retail Group Inc., has opened four new stores.

GlobalShop 2015: Call for Papers
May 08, 2014
design:retail is looking for relevant and dynamic industry speakers to present at GlobalShop 2015, to be held March 24-26 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

UNIQLO to Make Boston Debut
May 08, 2014
UNIQLO Co. Ltd., a division of Japan-based Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., plans to open six new stores in the Boston area.

Vitamin Shoppe to Open 60 Stores
May 08, 2014
North Bergen, N.J.-based Vitamin Shoppe plans to open 60 new stores in 2014.

Amazon, Twitter Announce E-Commerce Partnership
May 07, 2014
Amazon has entered into a partnership with Twitter to enable social shopping, according to Forbes.

Office Depot Inc. to Consolidate Operations
May 07, 2014
Boca Raton, Fla.-based Office Depot Inc. plans to close 400 Office Depot stores in the next two years as it consolidates operations after acquiring Office Max.

Victoria’s Secret to Open Los Angeles Store
May 07, 2014
Victoria's Secret will open its first store in south Los Angeles this fall.

CitySCENE Hits San Francisco May 20
May 06, 2014
design:retail’s next CitySCENE networking event will take place in San Francisco on May 20.

J. Crew to Debut New Format
May 06, 2014
New York-based J. Crew Group Inc. is developing a new format aimed at budget-conscious shoppers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Destination Maternity Opens First In-Store Shops in Mexico
May 06, 2014
Philadelphia-based Destination Maternity Corp. plans to open 46 Destination Maternity branded in-store shops in Mexico.

UNIQLO to Open Five New California Stores
May 05, 2014
UNIQLO Co. Ltd., a division of Japan-based Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., plans to open five new stores in the Los Angeles area.

Goop Lifestyle Site to Debut Pop-Up Shop
May 05, 2014
Lifestyle e-commerce site Goop will host a seven-day pop-up shop in Los Angeles, according to ABC News.

Aeropostale Announces Restructuring Plans
May 05, 2014
New York-based Aeropostale Inc. will close approximately 125 of its mall-based P.S. from Aeropostale kids’ stores by the end of fiscal 2014, in order to focus on faster growing sales channels.

Sony to Open 350 Shops Inside Best Buy Stores
May 02, 2014
Sony Electronics recently announced that it will open new home theater retail spaces at approximately 350 Best Buy locations nationwide.

Field & Stream to Open Pennsylvania Store
May 02, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods will open its newest Field & Stream store in Erie, Pa.

Lane Bryant Opens Michigan Store
May 02, 2014
Lane Bryant, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suffern, N.Y.-based Ascent Retail Group Inc., has opened a new store in Woodhaven, Mich.

Selfridges Launches Fragrance Lab
May 01, 2014
 Launching May 1 as part of London department store Selfridges’ Beauty Project, Fragrance Lab invites customers to create and purchase a signature scent in a one-of-a-kind, in-store journey.

Build-A-Bear Expands to Turkey
May 01, 2014
 St. Louis-based Build-A-Bear Workshop announced an agreement with Horizon Toy Co. of Turkey as a new international franchisee.

Yum! Brands Announces New CEO
May 01, 2014
 Louisville, Ky.-based Yum! Brands Inc. announced that its chairman and CEO David C. Novak will become executive chairman on Jan. 1, 2015, transitioning from his current role.

Montblanc Unveils New Concept Boutique
April 30, 2014
Montblanc has opened a new 1,143-sq.-ft. boutique on Rue de La Montagne St. in Montreal, which represents the Hamburg, Germany-based luxury brand’s expansion in the Canadian region as well as a new conceptualized store design.

Lagerfeld Brand Heading to the Middle East
April 30, 2014
Karl Lagerfeld BV is planning on opening signature boutiques in the Middle East.

NRF Survey Looks at Mother’s Day Gifting
April 30, 2014
Mother’s Day is May 11, and according to NRF’s 2014 Mother’s Day Spending Survey, Americans will spend an average of $162.94 on Mom this year.

Forever 21 to Launch New Store Concept
April 29, 2014
Los Angeles-based fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 will debut a new store concept on May 3, according to California Apparel News.

Lidl to Make U.S. Debut in 2018
April 29, 2014
German discount supermarket chain Lidl plans to enter the U.S. market in 2018, according to Reuters.

NBA Introduces NBA Café Concept
April 29, 2014
The National Basketball Association (NBA) opened its first NBA Cafe in the world on April 25 in Manila, Philippines.

The Wet Seal to Exit Arden B Business
April 28, 2014
Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based The Wet Seal Inc. recently announced that it will begin winding down its Arden B brand.

Sears Opens Florida Home Appliance Showroom
April 28, 2014
Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. recently opened its newest Sears Home Appliance Showroom in Sunrise, Fla.

OfficeMax Grand & Toy to Close Retail Stores
April 28, 2014
Canadian workplace products and solutions retailer OfficeMax Grand & Toy, an affiliate of Office Depot Inc., announced that it will close all of its 19 retail stores.

Under Armour Opens New York ‘Brand House’
April 25, 2014
Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc. has opened its newest specialty retail location in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.

Wegmans to Expand in Virginia
April 25, 2014
Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans Food Markets Inc. plans on expanding into the Richmond, Va., market, according to Supermarket News.

Nordstrom Rack to Make New Mexico Debut
April 25, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Winrock Town Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

Primark to Make U.S. Debut
April 24, 2014
Irish fashion retailer Primark will open its first U.S. store location in Boston, according to The Boston Globe.

Starbucks to Open La Boulange Store
April 24, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. will open a La Boulange bakery location in Los Angeles, according to Reuters.

FedEx to Expand Canadian Retail Presence
April 24, 2014
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-based Federal Express Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has announced its most comprehensive Canadian retail expansion in the company’s history.

Sunglass Hut Expands New Retail Brand
April 23, 2014
Sunglass Hut launched a new retail brand and environment, called Shaded, this past November.

Nordstrom Rack Opens Utah Store
April 23, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at University Crossing in Orem, Utah.

Dunkin' Donuts Continues West Coast Expansion
April 23, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts plans to open 20 new restaurants in the South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley areas of California over the next several years.

OAK Opens Tokyo Store
April 22, 2014
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based clothing retailer and lifestyle brand OAK will open its first store in the Japanese market in Tokyo's Shibuya district.

P&G Prestige Skincare Line to Open Pop-Up Studios
April 22, 2014
SK-II, P&G Prestige’s luxury skincare line, is opening pop-up studios in New York and San Francisco.

Sonic Aims to Open 1,000 Locations
April 22, 2014
Sonic Drive-In recently announced its goal to open 1,000 new drive-ins in the next 10 years, according to qsrmagazine.com.

Express Introduces Factory Outlet Destinations
April 21, 2014
New York-based Express Inc. has opened its first factory outlet store at the Tanger Outlets National Harbor in Washington, D.C.

Kroger Expands Large-Format Concept
April 21, 2014
Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. recently opened its latest Marketplace store in Florence, Ohio, according to cincinnati.com.

The Melting Pot to Launch North American Growth Strategy
April 21, 2014
Tampa, Fla.-based The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. plans to expand its footprint in select markets throughout the United States and Canada.

Sycamore Partners Realigns The Jones Group
April 18, 2014
Sycamore Partners, which recently acquired The Jones Group, recently announced that it has reorganized the remaining businesses of The Jones Group into four independent operating companies.

Nordstrom to Relocate San Diego Store
April 18, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to relocate its full-line store to a new space within Westfield UTC in San Diego.

Living Spaces Opens Newest Location
April 18, 2014
California-based Living Spaces is opening its newest location, and second store in Arizona, on April 24.

Etsy to Officially Launch Wholesale Business
April 17, 2014
Etsy recently announced the pricing for Etsy Wholesale, which will launch publicly later this summer.

Gap Details Omnichannel Strategy, Global Growth
April 17, 2014
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. recently announced that it plans to expand its reserve in-store service to all of its U.S. stores by the end of the second quarter.

Bang & Olufsen Launches New Concept
April 17, 2014
Danish brand Bang & Olufsen recently unveiled its first newly redesigned store concept in North America, at the new Madison Avenue showroom location in New York.

Tesco to Launch F&F Brand in the United States
April 16, 2014
Britain’s Tesco plans to launch its F&F clothing brand in the United Sates.

DSW Enters Canadian Market
April 16, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. has acquired interest in Toronto-based Town Shoes Ltd.

Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza to Undergo Renovation
April 16, 2014
Simon Property Group Inc. recently announced that it will implement a series of improvements on Phipps Plaza, a shopping destination located in Atlanta's Buckhead district.

New Retail Concept to Debut in New York
April 15, 2014
coop & spree, a new women’s fashion retail concept, has signed a lease for its first retail store in New York.

Carvel Introduces New Store Design, Logo
April 15, 2014
Ice cream retailer Carvel recently unveiled a refreshed store design to celebrate 80 years of business, according to qsrmagazine.com.

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Open Three Stores
April 15, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. will open three new stores on April 25.

Staples to Launch In-Store 3-D Printing Experience
April 14, 2014
Framingham, Mass.-based Staples Inc. is partnering with 3D Systems in a pilot of 3-D printing services in two Staples stores in New York and Los Angeles.

UNIQLO to Open Paris Store
April 14, 2014
UNIQLO Co. Ltd., a division of Japan-based Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., will open its latest store in the Marais area of Paris on April 25.

J&R Music to Revamp Manhattan Store Site
April 14, 2014
J&R Music and Computer World, a fixture in lower Manhattan since it started as a basement record shop in 1971, is closing its doors to redevelop its store site, according to Bloomberg.

DSW Division Announces New Retail Concept
April 11, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based The Affiliated Business Group (ABG), a division of DSW Inc., and Chino, Calif.-based Yellow Box Corp. announced a joint agreement distinguishing ABG as the exclusive retail operator for the Yellow Box brand.

RadioShack Opens Custom Concept Store in Boston
April 11, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack has opened its latest custom concept store, located in Boston near the site of the company’s first retail location, which opened in 1921.

Family Dollar Announces Strategic Actions
April 11, 2014
Matthews, N.C.-based Family Dollar Stores Inc. plans to close approximately 370 underperforming stores.

Coach to Introduce New Store Concept
April 10, 2014
New York-based Coach Inc. will partner with creative firm Studio Sofield to develop its next-generation retail concept.

NRF: Easter Spending to Reach $15.9 Billion
April 10, 2014
According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) 2014 Easter spending survey, conducted by Proper Insights & Analytics, the average person plans to spend $137.46 on apparel, food, candy, gifts and more on Easter, slightly less than the $145.13 spent last year.

Corner Bakery Cafe Continues Rapid National Expansion
April 10, 2014
Dallas-based Corner Baker Cafe has signed a new multi-unit development agreement to expand in Orlando, Fla.

RadioShack Opens Concept Stores in China, Malaysia
April 09, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack opened two new concept stores in China and Malaysia, marking the brand's most recent moves throughout Asia and Southeast Asia.

PGA TOUR Superstore Launches Growth Initiative
April 09, 2014
Atlanta-based PGA TOUR Superstore recently announced three new store openings for 2014 and a growth strategy that will more than double its current retail footprint.

Nordstrom Rack to Open California Store
April 09, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at The Shops at River Walk in Bakersfield, Calif.

Zara to Open Los Angeles Store
April 08, 2014
Spanish fast-fashion retailer Zara, a subsidiary of Inditex, will open a 35,000-sq.-ft. store at Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles in 2015.

Jones Group Approves Merger with Sycamore Partners
April 08, 2014
New York-based The Jones Group Inc. recently announced that its shareholders overwhelmingly voted to approve the company’s acquisition by Sycamore Partners.

Sears Holdings Completes Separation of Lands’ End Business
April 08, 2014
Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings Corp. has completed its spin-off of Lands’ End Inc.

CitySCENE Hits Seattle on April 30
April 07, 2014
design:retail’s next CitySCENE networking event will take place in Seattle on April 30.

Mattress Firm Completes Acquisition of Sleep Experts
April 07, 2014
Houston-based Mattress Firm Holding Corp. recently completed its acquisition of Sleep Experts Partners L.P., according to The Wall Street Journal.

Lane Bryant Opens Iowa Store
April 07, 2014
Lane Bryant, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suffern, N.Y.-based Ascena Retail Group Inc., has opened a new store in Davenport, Iowa.

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Open Relocated Pittsburgh Store
April 04, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods will be opening its relocated store this week at McCandless Crossing in Pittsburgh.

DSW to Open Puerto Rico Store
April 04, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. plans to open a new store in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Cold Stone Creamery to Expand in Japan
April 04, 2014
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Cold Stone Creamery has sold their interest as the master franchisee in Japan to HotLand Corp. to further develop the concept within the country.

Corner Bakery Cafe Continues National Expansion
April 03, 2014
Dallas-based Corner Bakery Cafe has signed a new multi-unit development agreement to open its first restaurants in Kentucky, and central and eastern Tennessee.

Target to Open Massachusetts Store
April 03, 2014
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. will open a new store in Westwood, Mass., in March 2015.

Johnny Rockets Expands into Hawaii, Guam
April 03, 2014
Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Johnny Rockets has signed an agreement to open restaurants in Hawaii and Guam.

Coldwater Creek Nears Bankruptcy
April 02, 2014
Sandpoint, Idaho-based Coldwater Creek Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to Reuters.

Delhaize Group to Sell Bosnian & Herzegovinian Stores
April 02, 2014
Brussels, Belgium-based Delhaize Group has signed an agreement with Tropic Group B.V. to divest all of its 39 Bosnian & Herzegovinian stores.

Fuddruckers Makes European Debut
April 02, 2014
Houston-based Fuddruckers recently made its European debut with a store in Varese, Italy.

BaubleBar to Launch In-Store Pop-Up Bar with Nordstrom
April 01, 2014
Fashion jewelry retailer BaubleBar has partnered with Nordstrom to bring a capsule collection of BaubleBar jewelry to 35 Nordstrom stores.

Pinkberry Enters Japan Market
April 01, 2014
Los Angeles-based Pinkberry continues its global expansion, making its debut in the Japan market.

Whole Foods Market Acquires New Frontiers Natural Marketplace Stores
April 01, 2014
New Frontiers Natural Marketplace and Whole Foods Market Inc. recently announced that Whole Foods Market will purchase four stores from New Frontiers.

Brookstone Nearing Deal with Spencer
March 31, 2014
Merrimack, N.H.-based Brookstone Inc. is in talks to be acquired by Spencer Spirit Holdings, according to Bloomberg.

RH Continues Expansion
March 31, 2014
Corte Madera, Calif.-based Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. (RH) has signed leases for five next generation Full Line Design Galleries and is in negotiations for an additional 25 locations.

H&M Makes Hawaii Debut
March 31, 2014
Stockholm-based H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) recently opened its first-ever Hawaii flagship.

H&M to Bring COS, & Other Stories Concepts to the U.S.
March 28, 2014
Stockholm-based H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) is planning to bring two of its secondary retail brands—& Other Stories and COS—to the United States this year, according to cnbc.com.

Sears Launches Fast-Fashion Shops
March 28, 2014
Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings has launched Now + Here, a fast-fashion shop available in stores, and on sears.com and shopyourway.com.

Conn’s Plans 20 Stores
March 28, 2014
The Woodlands, Texas-based Conn’s Inc. plans to open 15 to 20 new stores during fiscal 2015.

Toys “R” Us Launches Transformation Strategy
March 27, 2014
Wayne, N.J.-based Toys “R” Us Inc. recently outlined its strategy for improving the company’s operational performance and positioning the business to drive profitable growth in the future.

maurices Continues Expansion
March 27, 2014
Ascena Retail Group, parent to maurices, DressBarn and Lane Bryant, announced the 900th maurices store opening.

Francesca’s to Open 85 Stores
March 27, 2014
Houston-based Francesca’s Holdings Corp. will continue to expand in fiscal 2014.

Darden to Spin Off Red Lobster Brand
March 26, 2014
Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants Inc. plans to spin off or sell its Red Lobster brand, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

Five Below to Open 62 Stores
March 26, 2014
Philadelphia-based Five Below recently announced that it is on track to open 62 stores in 2014.

Smashburger to Expand with Non-Traditional Locations
March 26, 2014
Denver-based Smashburger recently announced partnerships for new airport locations in Phoenix, Dallas and Washington, D.C., in addition to its first casino location in Durant, Okla.

Birchbox to Make Bricks-and-Mortar Debut
March 25, 2014
Online beauty subscription company Birchbox plans to open its first-ever physical store, according to The New York Times.

Loblaw Cos. to Acquire Shoppers Drug Mart Corp.
March 25, 2014
Brampton, Ontario-based Loblaw Cos. Ltd. and Toronto-based Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. recently announced that the Competition Bureau has approved Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart.

DICK’S Sporting Goods Opens Wisconsin, California Stores
March 25, 2014
Pittsburgh-based DICK’S Sporting Goods has opened new stores in Wauwatosa, Wis., and Daly City, Calif.

Nordstrom Rack to Delay Canada Store Openings
March 24, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. is delaying the opening of its discount Nordstrom Rack stores in Canada until 2017, according to Reuters.

Tiffany to Open 13 New Stores
March 24, 2014
New York-based Tiffany & Co. plans to open 13 new global stores during fiscal 2014.

RadioShack Opens Second California Concept Store
March 24, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack recently opened its second California concept store in Sun Valley.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Open 65 Stores in Brazil
March 21, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts announced that it has signed an agreement with OLH Group to begin developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Brasília and Goiás, Brazil.

RadioShack Continues Concept Store Openings in Manhattan
March 21, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack will open its latest Manhattan concept store on March 22.

SUPERVALU Announces Plans for Streamlined Operations
March 21, 2014
Eden Prairie, Minn.-based SUPERVALU INC. announced plans for a streamlined independent business organization.

POPAI Announces 2014 OMA Winners
March 20, 2014
On March 19, POPAI hosted its annual Outstanding Marketing at-Retail Achievement (OMA) Awards Celebration at the Four Seasons Ballroom in the Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas, recognizing the most innovative and effective marketing at-retail displays.

Destination XL to Enter Manhattan Market
March 20, 2014
Destination XL Group Inc. announced that it will open its first Manhattan store featuring its upscale shopping experience catered to the specific needs of the big and tall men’s consumer.

Cabela’s Announces New Indiana Store
March 20, 2014
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. announced plans to open a new store in Noblesville, Ind., serving the greater Indianapolis area.

RH Restoration Hardware Wins Store of the Year
March 19, 2014
Last night, the Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) recognized the best in retail design, store fixtures and visual presentation at its annual Design Awards celebration.

Gap Inc. to Open Old Navy Stores in Philippines
March 19, 2014
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. announced plans to open five franchise-operated Old Navy stores in the Philippines in 2014, an important pillar of the company’s international growth strategy for the brand.

Men's Wearhouse Launches Omnichannel Inventory Program
March 19, 2014
Fremont, Calif.-based The Men’s Wearhouse announced the launch of its omnichannel inventory program, which gives customers visibility and access to all merchandise within the company's distribution center and its 900-plus retail locations from one location.

Welcome to GlobalShop 2014
March 18, 2014
Returning to Las Vegas this year, GlobalShop is the largest annual tradeshow for the store design, visual merchandising and in-store marketing industries.

Walmart Launches Video Game Trade-In Service
March 18, 2014
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced the launch of a new video game trade-in service and pre-owned offering.

Macy’s Flower Show Presents The Secret Garden
March 18, 2014
The annual Macy’s Flower Show takes place this year March 23 through April 6, with the theme “The Secret Garden,” at five flagship locations nationwide—including Herald Square in New York, Center City in Philadelphia, State Street in Chicago, Downtown Minneapolis and Union Square in San Francisco.

Google Close to Signing Lease for First Store
March 17, 2014
Google Inc. is reportedly close to signing a lease for its first bricks-and-mortar retail store in the United States, located in New York, according to Crain’s New York Business.

Salvatore Ferragamo Opens Renovated Vienna Boutique
March 17, 2014
Luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo has reopened its Vienna flagship store after a full renovation.

IHOP Continues Expansion in Middle East
March 17, 2014
Glendale, Calif.-based DineEquity Inc. announced the opening of the first IHOP restaurant in Bahrain on March 17.

NRF: February Retail Sales Increase
March 14, 2014
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), February retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.2 percent adjusted month-to-month, and 2.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Dollar General to Open 700 Stores in 2014
March 14, 2014
Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General will open approximately 700 new stores in 2014.

Stein Mart to Open 10 Stores
March 14, 2014
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Stein Mart Inc. plans to open 10 new stores in 2014.

Men's Wearhouse to Acquire Jos. A. Bank
March 13, 2014
Fremont, Calif.-based The Men’s Wearhouse and Hampstead, Md.-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers have entered into a definitive agreement under which Men's Wearhouse will acquire Jos. A. Bank for $1.8 billion.

Express Plans New Outlet Stores
March 13, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based Express Inc. has launched a growth initiative focused on outlet stores.

Cost Plus World Market Opens New Louisiana Location
March 13, 2014
Oakland, Calif.-based Cost Plus World Market has opened a newly relocated Baton Rouge, La., location in Siegen Lane Marketplace.

Ahold to Acquire Czech Republic Supermarkets
March 12, 2014
Zaandam, Netherlands-based Ahold has entered into an agreement to acquire SPAR’s business in the Czech Republic.

Meijer to Expand in Wisconsin
March 12, 2014
Meijer Inc. is planning to open two Wisconsin locations, in addition to its previously announced stores, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Nordstrom Rack to Open in Anchorage
March 12, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at The Mall at Sears in Anchorage, Alaska.

Ross Stores Continues Expansion
March 11, 2014
Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Stores recently opened a total of 30 Ross Dress for Less and seven dd's DISCOUNTS stores in 14 different states.

Domino's Pizza Opens First Paraguay Store
March 11, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino's Pizza continues its global expansion, opening its first store in Paraguay.

Bi-Lo to Convert Harveys, Winn-Dixie Stores
March 11, 2014
Greenville, S.C.-based Bi-Lo Holdings plans to convert seven of its acquired Harveys stores to the Winn-Dixie banner, and convert three Winn-Dixie stores to Harveys, according to Supermarket News.

GlobalShop 2014: Last Week to Register!
March 10, 2014
GlobalShop is offering a promotion for those who still have not yet registered for the 2014 show.

Starbucks Opens Downtown Disney Location
March 10, 2014
Starbucks and Disney recently teamed up to open the first company-operated Starbucks location at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif.

Albertsons, Safeway Announce Merger
March 10, 2014
Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway Inc. and Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons have announced a definitive agreement under which AB Acquisition LLC will acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway.

Gap to Unveil First Taiwan Flagship Store
March 07, 2014
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. will officially open its first Taiwan Gap flagship store in Taipei on March 8.

Amazon Launches 3-D Printed Products Program
March 07, 2014
Amazon.com has launched a new pilot program to sell 3-D printed products in partnership with Cincinnati-area startup 3DLT, according to Cincinnati Business Courier.

UNIQLO Reveals ‘Surprise New York’ Project
March 07, 2014
UNIQLO Co. Ltd., a division of Japan-based Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., has launched SPRZ NY (“Surprise New York”), a new global project where art and fashion meet.

Kroger Launches Texas Expansion, Store Refresh
March 06, 2014
Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. plans to open six new stores and expand three stores in North Texas this year.

Nordstrom to Open Full-line Texas Store
March 06, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a full-line store at The Domain in Austin, Texas.

Dunkin' Donuts to Open 46 California Stores
March 06, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group Sizzling Donuts LLC.

RadioShack to Close More than 1,000 U.S. Stores
March 05, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corp. plans to close up to 1,100 underperforming stores.

Victoria’s Secret Expanding into China
March 05, 2014
L Brands Inc. will expand its Victoria’s Secret brand into China this year, according to Columbus Business First.

Wegmans Continues Massachusetts Expansion
March 05, 2014
Wegmans Food Markets has announced its latest Massachusetts store will be located in Burlington.

Nespresso Opens First Texas Flagship Boutique
March 04, 2014
Lausanne, Switzerland-based Nespresso has opened its newest flagship boutique at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

UNIQLO in Talks to Buy J.Crew
March 04, 2014
Tadashi Yanai, the owner of UNIQLO Co. Ltd., a division of Japan-based Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., is in talks about a potential acquisition of J. Crew Group Inc., according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Dick's Sporting Goods to Open Florida, Louisiana Stores
March 04, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods is opening new stores in Fort Myers, Fla., and Slidell, La.

Dots to Close Stores
March 03, 2014
After more than 25 years in business, Glenwillow, Ohio-based women’s fashion discount retailer Dots LLC is closing its doors.

Gap Inc. to Expand Athleta Brand
March 03, 2014
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. will expand its Athleta brand with approximately 30 U.S. stores planned for 2014.

Sprouts Farmers Market Continues Expansion
March 03, 2014
Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. plans to open 22 to 24 new stores during fiscal 2014.

Old Navy to Open First Mainland China Store
February 28, 2014
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. will open its first company-operated Old Navy store in Mainland China on March 1.

Aventura Mall Launches Major Expansion
February 28, 2014
Aventura Mall in Aventura, Fla., has launched a significant expansion that will include a new three-level, 241,000-sq.-ft. retail wing and parking garage.

DSW Opens Connecticut Store
February 28, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Inc. has opened a new store in West Hartford, Conn.

Sony to Shutter 20 U.S. Stores
February 27, 2014
Sony Corp. is closing 20 retail stores in the United States, according to Reuters.

Robert Graham to Open New Retail Store in Arizona
February 27, 2014
Robert Graham will open a branded retail store in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Opens 500th Store
February 27, 2014
Arcadia, Wis.-based Ashley Furniture HomeStore opened its 500th store on Feb. 21.

design:retail, Fleetwood to Host Pre-GlobalShop Party 
February 26, 2014
design:retail and Fleetwood will host a pre-GlobalShop party on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day!) in Las Vegas.

Bi-Lo Holdings, Delhaize Group Receive Clearance for Proposed Merger
February 26, 2014
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC and Delhaize Group have received approval for Bi-Lo Holdings to acquire substantially all of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize.

Tim Hortons Outlines International Expansion Plans
February 26, 2014
Oakville, Ontario, Canada-based fast-casual restaurant chain Tim Hortons Inc. recently unveiled a strategic growth plan for the next four years called “Winning in the New Era.”

adidas Introduces New Retail Concept in Beijing
February 25, 2014
adidas has introduced a new global retail concept at the adidas Brand Centre in Beijing.

Men’s Wearhouse Increases Purchase Offer for Jos. A. Bank
February 25, 2014
The Men's Wearhouse has increased its cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Open New Florida Store
February 25, 2014
Coraopolis, Pa.-based Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. is opening a new Dick's Sporting Goods store in Panama City Beach, Fla.

G Asset Management Proposes Barnes & Noble Partial Buyout
February 24, 2014
New York-based G Asset Management LLC has made a proposal to acquire 51 percent of Barnes & Noble Inc.

Sears Hometown Continues Expansion
February 24, 2014
Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. continues to expand its Sears Hometown concept, having recently announced three new stores.

Ross Opens California Store
February 24, 2014
Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Stores Inc. will open its first Ross Dress for Less store in Oakland, Calif., on March 8.

Walmart to Accelerate Small-Store Growth
February 21, 2014
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to significantly accelerate its U.S. small-store format openings this year. 

Joe Fresh Launches International Expansion
February 21, 2014
Toronto-based Loblaw Companies Ltd. has signed three separate partnership agreements to bring the Joe Fresh brand into 23 new countries.

Signet Jewelers to Acquire Zale Corp.
February 20, 2014
Hamilton, Bermuda-based Signet Jewelers Limited and Dallas-based Zale Corp. have entered into a definitive agreement for Signet to acquire Zale.

Fresh Thyme to Open 60 New Stores
February 20, 2014
Phoenix-based Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets recently announced the locations for 23 new stores, the first of a planned 60, according to Supermarket News.

Nordstrom Rack to Open Nevada Store
February 20, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open a Nordstrom Tack at at Redfield Promenade in Reno, Nev.

Samsung Continues Retail Expansion
February 19, 2014
Samsung Electronics Co. is expanding its retail presence in Europe and North America, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Wendy’s Sells 70 Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurants
February 19, 2014
Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s Co. has sold 70 restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to Texas-based MUY Hamburger Partner LLC, a Wendy's franchisee.

Natural Grocers Opens Two New Locations
February 19, 2014
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has opened new locations in Denver and Shawnee, Kan.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Acquires Eddie Bauer
February 18, 2014
Hampstead, Md.-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers is buying the parent company of Bellevue, Wash.-based Eddie Bauer in a deal valued at $825 million.

Starbucks Expands in Southeast Asia
February 18, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. has opened its first store in the Southeast Asian country Brunei.

UNIQLO Makes Southern California Debut
February 18, 2014
UNIQLO Co. Ltd., a division of Japan-based Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., is expanding into Southern California.

GlobalShop Offers Valentine’s Day Promotion
February 14, 2014
In celebration of the show theme for 2014, We Love Retail, GlobalShop is offering a Valentine’s Day promotion for those who still have not yet registered for the 2014 show.

Cabela's to Open Georgia Store
February 14, 2014
Sidney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. plans to open a new store in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., serving the greater Chattanooga, Tenn. area.

Apple to Open Brazil Store
February 14, 2014
Apple will open its first retail store in Brazil, according to Mac Rumors.

AT&T to Open New Concept Store in Texas
February 13, 2014
Dallas-based AT&T has opened a location in North Texas featuring its new concept store design.

Champps Parent Company Nears Bankruptcy Deal
February 13, 2014
Wichita, Kan.-based F&H Acquisition Corp., parent to the Fox & Hound sports bar and Champps restaurant chains, is nearing a bankruptcy court deal with private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

Casey’s to Acquire 24 Stop-n-Go Stores
February 13, 2014
Casey’s General Stores Inc. has signed an asset-purchase agreement to acquire 24 Stop-n-Go locations.

H&M to Debut in India
February 12, 2014
Stockholm-based H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) will open its first store in India this year.

Diptyque Opens Tokyo Flagship
February 12, 2014
French fragrance company Diptyque recently unveiled a flagship in Aoyama, Tokyo.

Smoothie King Unveils New Store Design
February 12, 2014
New Orleans-based Smoothie King Franchises Inc. recently unveiled a new store design with the opening of two new locations in Florida.

Bebe Exploring Potential Sale
February 11, 2014
Brisbane, Calif.-based women’s retailer Bebe Stores Inc. is exploring a potential sale and is reaching out to private-equity firms, according to Reuters.

Silver Jeans Co. to Open ‘Loft’ Concept in Illinois
February 11, 2014
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada-based Silver Jeans Co. will open a “loft” concept store in Schaumburg, Ill., on April 11.

Bourbon Brothers Plans 40 Stores
February 11, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Bourbon Brothers Holding Corp. plans to open 40 new stores over the next 60 months.

Nordstrom to Close Two Stores
February 10, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to close stores in Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash.

Dunkin' Donuts to Expand in Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Area
February 10, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts plans to open 22 new restaurants throughout the greater-Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.

Whole Foods Unveils Canopy Solar System in New York
February 10, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods recently unveiled a parking canopy solar system at its store in Brooklyn, N.Y.

NRF Forecasts Increase in Retail Sales for 2014
February 07, 2014
The National Retail Federation (NRF) released its 2014 economic forecast today, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) will increase 4.1 percent, up from the preliminary 3.7 percent growth seen in 2013.

Topshop to Open Atlanta Store
February 07, 2014
U.K.-based Arcadia Group will bring its Topshop/Topman brand to Atlanta in 2015, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Sport Chek Debuts Experiential Flagship Store
February 07, 2014
Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based Sport Check has opened a Sport Chek/Atmosphere flagship store in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Topshop to Open Another New York Store
February 06, 2014
U.K.-based Arcadia Group is expanding its Topshop/Topman brand in the United States, including plans for a new store in New York, according to Reuters.

CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco
February 06, 2014
Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Caremark will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its CVS/pharmacy stores.

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to Open Florida Store
February 06, 2014
New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plans to open a new store in Palm Beach, Fla.

NRF: Valentine’s Day Spending to Reach $17.3 Billion
February 05, 2014
According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) 2014 Valentine’s Day spending survey, conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, the average person plans to spend $133.91 on candy, cards, gifts, dinner and more, up slightly from $130.97 last year.

Twitter Developing E-Commerce Service
February 05, 2014
Twitter is planning to sell goods through its site, according to The Telegraph.

Cost Plus World Market Opens Houston Store
February 05, 2014
Oakland, Calif.-based Cost Plus World Market recently opened its newest Houston location.

Nordstrom Announces Relocation of Hawaii Store
February 04, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to relocate its full-line Hawaii store to a new space within Ala Moana Center.

WinCo Foods Enters Dallas-Fort Worth Market
February 04, 2014
Boise, Idaho-based WinCo Foods LLC will make its debut in Texas on Feb. 6. 

PriceSmart Announces Two Colombia Stores
February 04, 2014
San Diego-based membership shopping warehouse retailer PriceSmart Inc. plans to construct two warehouse clubs in Colombia before the end of the year.

RockTenn Acquires NPG
February 03, 2014
Norcross, Ga.-based RockTenn has acquired Chattanooga, Tenn.-based independent merchandising displays company NPG Inc.

RadioShack Opens Custom Concept Store in New York
February 03, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack opened its first New York custom concept store in Manhattan on Feb. 1.

Chobani Expands New York Café
February 03, 2014
New York-based Chobani has reopened its Chobani SoHo café, unveiling a creatively reimagined space.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Plans 15 New Stores
February 03, 2014
Lakewood, Colo.-based Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. plans to open 15 stores in fiscal year 2014.

H&M Announces Expansion Plans
January 31, 2014
Stockholm-based H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) plans for a net addition of approximately 375 new stores in the current financial year.

Target to Open Hawaii Store
January 31, 2014
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. will open a new store in Maui, Hawaii, in March 2015.

Hess to Complete Retail Spinoff
January 31, 2014
Hess Corp. will spin off its entire retail division in mid-2014, according to Convenience Store News.

Target to Continue Canadian Expansion
January 30, 2014
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. will continue its Canadian expansion in 2014, with nine planned stores.

Kroger Completes Merger with Harris Teeter
January 30, 2014
Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. and Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. recently announced that the merger transaction between the two companies is complete.

Conn's Opens Four New HomePlus Stores
January 30, 2014
The Woodlands, Texas-based Conn’s Inc. has opened four new Conn’s HomePlus stores.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea Debuts New Store Design
January 29, 2014
Emeryville, Calif.-based Peet’s Coffee & Tea has opened a new flagship store in San Francisco’s Marina District.

Marc Jacobs to Open Social Media-Focused Pop-Up
January 29, 2014
The fragrance division of Marc Jacobs will open a Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, according to New York Daily News.

Chico’s Announces International Expansion Plans
January 29, 2014
New York-based Chico’s FAS Inc. is launching its Chico's brand in Mexico.

Saks Fifth Avenue to Open Toronto Store
January 28, 2014
Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) and its New York-based wholly owned subsidiary Saks Fifth Avenue plan to open a full-line Saks store in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Flip Flop Shops to Expand in the Middle East
January 28, 2014
Atlanta-based Flip Flop shops has entered a master franchise agreement with Middle Eastern fashion leader Al Mana Fashion Group W.L.L., a subsidiary of Al Mana Group.

Buffalo Wild Wings Opens 1,000th Restaurant
January 28, 2014
Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. recently reached its 1,000th restaurant milestone.

David Yurman Opens California Store
January 27, 2014
New York-based David Yurman has opened a new boutique in Canoga Park, Calif.

RadioShack Unveils New Brand Positioning
January 27, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack recently announced its new brand positioning.

The Home Depot Acquires Blinds.com
January 27, 2014
Atlanta-based The Home Depot has acquired Houston-based window coverings retailer blinds.com.

Kmart to Close Two Philadelphia Stores
January 24, 2014
Kmart, a subsidiary of Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings Corp., will close two Philadelphia stores this spring, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Dunkin' Donuts to Open 13 Restaurants in Oklahoma City
January 24, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts plans to open 13 new restaurants throughout Oklahoma City.

Tanger Outlets to Develop Tanger Outlets Savannah
January 24, 2014
Greensboro, N.C.-based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. plans to develop Tanger Outlets Savannah in partnership with Georgia development firm Ben Carter Enterprises.

Sears to Close Chicago Flagship
January 23, 2014
Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings Corp. is closing its downtown Chicago flagship in April, according to Reuters.

Bennigan’s Plans to Double in Size Worldwide
January 23, 2014
Dallas-based Bennigan’s has plans to open nearly 100 restaurants globally over the next several years, according to Restaurant News.

Corner Bakery Cafe Plans Continued Expansion in 2014
January 23, 2014
Dallas-based Corner Bakery Cafe plans on continued rapid expansion across the country in 2014.

Macy’s Herald Square Debuts NFL Super Bowl Pop-Up Shop
January 22, 2014
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. is celebrating the arrival of the Super Bowl with an exclusive NFL Shop on the fourth floor of its Herald Square flagship in New York.

Bruegger's Bagels Unveils New Prototype
January 22, 2014
Burlington, Vt.-based Bruegger’s Bagels has opened a new flagship bakery in the St. Paul, Minn., area that will set a new direction for its bakery design nationally.

Dots Files for Bankruptcy
January 22, 2014
Glenwillow, Ohio-based apparel retailer Dots LLC has filed for bankruptcy protection, according to Bloomberg.

Brookshire Brothers to Acquire David’s Supermarkets
January 21, 2014
Lufkin, Texas-based Brookshire Brothers will acquire Grandview, Texas-based David’s Supermarkets, according to Supermarket News.

Nordstrom Rack Announces Two New Stores
January 21, 2014
Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. plans to open two new Nordstrom Rack stores in Columbia, S.C., and Madison, Wis.

Krispy Kreme Plans Southern California Expansion
January 21, 2014
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme plans to open 20 new shops in Southern California over the next seven years.

Target to Test New Downsized Format
January 20, 2014
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. will test a small TargetExpress store concept, according to the Minneapolis StarTribune.

RadioShack Opens Second Florida Concept Store
January 20, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack opened its second Florida concept store in Largo on Jan. 18.

Art Van Furniture to Open New Chicago Store
January 20, 2014
Warren, Mich.-based Art Van Furniture is adding its seventh Chicago-area store in Downers Grove.

Nordstrom to Open at Toronto Eaton Centre
January 17, 2014
Nordstrom Inc. announced today plans to open a full-line store in the heart of downtown Toronto at Toronto Eaton Centre.

American Apparel Reopens Remodeled Berlin Store
January 17, 2014
Los Angeles-based American Apparel announced the opening of its newly expanded and renovated Berlin store.

Fuddruckers to Expand in Caribbean
January 17, 2014
Houston-based Fuddruckers is expanding its Caribbean presence with its first restaurant located in the Dominican Republic.

Corner Bakery Cafe Continues Rapid West Coast Growth
January 16, 2014
Corner Bakery Cafe rounded out 2013 with a multi-unit restaurant development agreement and plans to open eight new restaurants in the Sacramento, Calif., area with new franchise partner East Bay Restaurants Inc.

American Eagle, Shopkick Announce 100-Store Trial
January 16, 2014
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and Shopkick Inc. announced plans to launch shopBeacon technology in 100 top-performing American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie stores across the country.

JCPenney to Close 33 Underperforming Stores, Focus on Turnaround
January 16, 2014
J.C. Penney Co. Inc. announced plans to close 33 underperforming stores across the country as part of its turnaround efforts aimed to focus resources on the company’s highest potential growth opportunities.

NRF: Holiday Retail Sales Increase
January 15, 2014
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), December retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.4 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month, and 4.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Pizza Hut Unveils Next-Generation Format
January 15, 2014
Plano, Texas-based Pizza Hut has debuted new concept stores in York, Neb., and Pawtucket, R.I.

Johnny Rockets Makes Brazil Debut
January 15, 2014
Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Johnny Rockets has opened its first-ever Brazil location.

Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago Unveils Renovated Men's Store
January 14, 2014
New York-based Saks Inc. has opened its second The Fifth Man store at its Chicago flagship on Michigan Avenue.

Whole Foods to Make Mississippi Debut
January 14, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market will open its first Mississippi store on Feb. 4.

Ruby Tuesday to Close 30 Restaurants
January 14, 2014
Maryville, Tenn.-based Ruby Tuesday Inc. plans to close 30 units, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

Fifth & Pacific Cos. Inc. to Become Kate Spade & Co.
January 13, 2014
New York-based Fifth & Pacific Cos. Inc. is changing its name to Kate Spade & Co. to reflect the company's mono-brand focus.

RadioShack Opens its First California Concept Store 

January 13, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack opened its first California concept store in Lynwood on Jan. 11.

Patagonia Partners with Wooly Pocket
January 13, 2014
Outdoor gear company Patagonia recently announced a new partnership with Wooly Pocket.

Macy’s to Close Five Stores, Open Eight
January 10, 2014
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. recently announced that it plans to implement focused cost reductions, including store closures.

The Children's Place to Expand Into Egypt, the C.I.S. Region
January 10, 2014
Secaucus, N.J.-based The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. has expanded its existing franchise agreement with Fawaz A. AlHokair & Co. SJSC.

Robert Graham to Open Connecticut Store
January 10, 2014
New York-based Robert Graham has signed a new lease agreement to open a branded retail store in The Shops at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Loehmann’s to Begin Liquidation
January 09, 2014
After almost 93 years, New York-based seller of discounted designer goods Loehmann’s Holdings Inc. is going out of business.

Verizon Transforms Retail Experience
January 09, 2014
Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Verizon Wireless is transforming its store experience, introducing a new retail strategy designed t