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trEnDS Food “R” Us … Pantry items have been spotted among the board games and stuffed animals at some Chicagoland Toys “R” Us stores. Chain executives have been tight-lipped on the subject, but shoppers can find bottled water and other beverages, breakfast cereals, sweet and savory snacks as well as household supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels, laundry and dish detergent. Part of one aisle is devoted to baby food. Shakers and (re)movers … First it was smoking. Trans fats were next, with calorie counts on menus following quickly. Country-of-origin labeling arrived earlier this year. Now, it appears, salt is in the sights of the food police and dogood groups. In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it will join other Department of Health 10 THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED Alshaya, which operates more than 1,700 stores in the region under banners that include The Body Shop, Mothercare, H&M, Debenhams and Boots. Less is more … Overpackaging has been a target of eco-conscious retailers since Wal-Mart told vendors to cut down a couple of years ago. Consumer groups and other retailers have since taken up the cause, focusing bounce back a little faster and harder than most people say.” Compiled by David P. Schulz 1 6 Milwaukee root beer brewers … A&W Restaurants is opening a fulfillment space in North America by more than a third last year, beginning 2009 with 12 million sq. ft. Back in business … Linens ’n Things has come back to life as an online retailer selling everything from luggage and bedding to housewares, baby gear and pet supplies. Now owned by closeout specialists Gordon Brothers Group and Hilco Consumer Capital, boasts of having more than 200,000 SKUs, with free shipping on orders of 4 9 2 particularly on beauty care and cosmetics manufacturers. Estee Lauder’s Origins stores are going one step further, accepting bottles, jars, tubes and tops from any manufacturer for recycling under a program the chain calls Return to Origins. Mall Pall … Shopping center owner General Growth Properties, burdened by $27 billion in debt it couldn’t refinance, filed one of the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in U.S. history last month. Meanwhile, a Long Island, N.Y., mall partly owned by Simon Property Group defaulted on a $124 million balloon mortgage payment after two retail tenants went bankrupt. Simon and Westfield Group are among the mall operators shortening shopping hours. Still, Simon chairman and CEO David Simon believes retail “will 5 Where the action is … Many retailers are singing the blues, but Kohl’s and Dollar General appear to be in the pink. Kohl’s has opened 19 stores this spring, including its first two in Alaska, creating 3,000 jobs in the process. Dollar General unveiled plans to open 450 stores this year, adding job opportunities for up to 4,000 people. Shifting course … is adding about 300,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space in Phoenix to accommodate larger merchandise like patio furniture and flat-screen televisions. At the same time, the Seattlebased online retailer hopes to complete the shutdown of fulfillment centers in Chambersburg, Pa., Munster, Ind., and Red Rock, Nev., by the end of this month. Amazon increased its warehouse and 7 dozen state-of-the-art drive-in locations in greater Milwaukee over the next 12 months. Part of the company’s marketing strategy is to point out that it maintains “quality menu items by using only 100 percent Wisconsin cheese.” A subsidiary of Yum! Brands, A&W is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. It has 675 freestanding stores and 600 co-branded locations. $150 or more. The site also includes a clearance section and a link for vendors with goods to sell. Seeing green Could retail stores be destined to go the way of unscrubbed smokestacks and incandescent light bulbs? Scott Matthews and Chris Weber of Carnegie Mellon University have calculated that online retailing is about 30 percent greener than the bricks-and-mortar version in terms of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The researchers concede, however, that the equation changes if consumers don’t drive very far to shop and buy more on each trip. WWW.STORES.ORG 10 and Human Services agencies in working to reduce sodium levels in processed foods and chain restaurant offerings. On the march … Already the largest shoe chain in the Western Hemisphere, Payless ShoeSource has moved east for the first time with stores in Kuwait and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The units are franchised to M.H. 16 STORES / MAY 2009 8 3 http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - May 2009

STORES Magazine - May 2009
Executive Editor's Page
President's Page
Facts to Chew On
What Shoppers Think
Deals "R" Us
10 Things You May Have Missed
Numbers Worth Counting
Full Price/Markdown
Retail People
Cover Story: Brand X Power
Home Improvement
Credit Where Credit's Due
Locate, Locate, Locate
New Playbook
Staying in the Fast Lane
Clean and Green
Driven to Please
Farm System
Rx for Shrink
Zeroing Out Zombies
Rogues Gallery
Ounce of Prevention
Loeb Retail Letter
Chain Action
Optimism Rocks
ARTS Update
Point of View
Retail Crossword
Retail Industry Calendar
End Cap

STORES Magazine - May 2009