JCPenney Re-brands… Again

Only a year after modifying their Massimo Vignelli-designed logo–in use since 1971–JCPenney are scrapping their old logo altogether for a brand new look. It looks a little like a patriotic lego set to me, though I have to say that it looks cute on the bags and on the storefront. This is, no doubt, part of […]

Jordan’s Furniture to Open Mall Store

Former Caldor/Old Navy Store at Warwick Mall Jordan’s Furniture, a New England chain of large, destination-oriented furniture stores, is moving into the former Caldor/Old Navy store (pictured above) in the Warwick Mall in Warwick, Rhode Island. Last spring, the Warwick Mall was heavily damaged by a flood and was closed for months. As a result […]

Retail News Digest for Monday, March 14, 2011

Comings and goings: Upscale furniture chain Robb and Stucky is liquidating after not being able to come up with the cash to continue operating their stores.  Also unable to find a buyer, the 95-year-old chain is forced to go out of business.  Based in Ft. Myers, Fla., they have locations in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada.   […]

Retail News Digest for Sunday, February 6, 2011

Comings and goings: hhgregg, an Indianapolis-based electronics and appliance big box retailer, is opening between 35-45 stores in the next fiscal year, entering the Miami, Pittsburgh, and Chicago markets. Moe’s Southwest Grill, an Atlanta-based fast-casual Tex-Mex chain, is planning to double its nationwide units to 800 locations by 2015. Subway is also still growing strong, […]

Retail News Digest for Sunday, January 16, 2011

This is a relatively new feature to our site.  While we’ve periodically reported retail news throughout the years, we’d like to establish a regular digest of major retail events on a bi-weekly or as-warranted basis.  We’ll see how it goes. As with our mall articles, interactivity is key.  While we’d like to try to cover all major […]

Waldenbooks Slowly Disappearing

This isn’t a shocker, but according to an article in the Wall Street Journal (which has been reprinted all over the place, including the San Francisco Chronicle), Borders plans to close another 200 of its Waldenbooks stores, leaving a paltry 130 remaining in the chain. Despite what the article says, it’s unlikely even those are […]

Retail Newsbrief: Tim Horton’s, JCPenney, Smith & Hawken, Ritz Camera, Goody’s

Two large, popular chains are coming to New York City this month.  Tim Horton’s, the venerable Canadian donut-and-coffee outlet, is opening 12 outlets across Manhattan and Brooklyn this month, with 3 more coming in August.  The stores are replacing former Dunkin Donuts outlets, and hopefully will find a niche in one of the toughest and most saturated markets […]

Big Lots Gets All Fancy

According to an article in the May 15, 2009 Columbus Dispatch, Big Lots – a discount chain known for selling overstock and closeout merchandise – aims to make an even bigger name for itself in the eye of the consumer.

Not only is it the company’s first new store in central Ohio since 2005, it is a departure from the past strategy of locating in retail centers and strip malls aimed at discount shoppers.

By choosing a former Linens ‘n Things site across from Polaris Fashion Place mall, Big Lots is hoping to upgrade its profile and test some new ways of presenting its merchandise.

Dillard’s Suing Simon and GGP Over Deteriorating Condition of Austin Mall

Here’s another interesting curiosity: Dillard’s, who maintains two stores at Austin’s beleaguered Highland Mall, is suing the Highland Mall Limited Partnership–made up jointly of General Growth Properties and Simon Property Group–for letting the mall deteriorate sharply. Dillard’s plans to close both of their stores in the center, which already lost JCPenney in 2006. Gang activity, […]

Old News: Goodbye to Gottschalks and Fortunoff

Isn’t it obvious it would turn out this way? On March 30, Gottschalks announced they were going to liquidate, extinguishing any hope the 105-year-old chain would continue to operate. We noted a few months ago that Gottschalks existed in a weird place–kind of a dowdy combo of Kohls and Macy’s, with mostly mall-based locations–and that […]