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Cadillac Wants To Attract Millennials Somehow, Opens A Coffee Shop

Adults under 80 apparently aren’t all that interested in General Motors’ Cadillac brand, maybe because they simply don’t connect the brand with anything that interests them. “What about coffee?” we picture someone at GM saying at the end of a very long meeting. “The kids today like coffee, right?” That’s a plausible enough origin story behind Cadillac House, a café/retail space/art gallery/I swear this is an actual thing that is going to open in June in Manhattan. [More]

New Target Store In Manhattan Will Feature A Chobani Yogurt Cafe

New Target Store In Manhattan Will Feature A Chobani Yogurt Cafe

Up here in New York’s hinterlands, our Target stores have snack bars with Pizza Hut pizzas, or maybe a Starbucks if they’re really classy. At a planned store in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, they plan some classier offerings in the snack bar. Target has partnered with yogurt brand Chobani to open a cafe featuring “Chobani’s signature Greek yogurt and hand-selected, artisanal ingredients.” [More]

Jet.com Testing Delivery Of Fresh Groceries To Some Markets

Jet.com Testing Delivery Of Fresh Groceries To Some Markets

A year into the existence of Jet.com, we’re still not really sure whether it’s the future of retail or a doomed wacky scheme. Now, in addition to taking on Amazon in the Everything Store sector, Jet is experimenting with the delivery of fresh groceries. That would mean the company is competing with urban grocery delivery leaders like Peapod and Instacart, but with its own warehouses. [More]

Mike Mozart

Analysts: Dick’s Could Take Over 80-180 Sports Authority Stores

How many sporting goods stores does this country really need? Two outdoors-oriented chains are reportedly considering a merger, and two companies in the sector have filed for bankruptcy protection in the last few months. Sports Chalet is shutting down, and Sports Authority stores are all closing or for sale: the buyers could be liquidators that would simply sell everything off and close down. According to a recent report by some investment analysts, though, market leader Dick’s may take over some of those stores. [More]

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Sears Will Close Its Oldest Operating Store, Which Opened In Chicago In 1925

Corporate cutbacks mean losing company history, and the next store on Sears Holdings’ closing list is historic: having opened in 1925, it’s the oldest still-operating store in the chain. The store, which is in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, will begin its liquidation sale in two weeks, on May 19, and will ultimately close in August. [More]

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The Limited Opened A Stealth Chain Of Off-Price Stores

The popular thing for department and clothing stores to do in recent years has been to open their own off-price stores, and women’s clothing retailer The Limited wants to join that party. They’re using the familiar model from Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, and J. Crew Factory Stores–some deep-discounted merchandise that didn’t sell in regular Limited stores, but mostly cheaper items designed specifically for price-conscious customers.

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This Tobacco Store Doesn’t Want Your Sweaty Bra Or Sock Money

This Tobacco Store Doesn’t Want Your Sweaty Bra Or Sock Money

We get it: in the summer, you want to be free and unencumbered, without a purse on your shoulder or a heavy wallet in your pocket. However, a tobacco store in Kentucky has an important seasonal rule that they want their customers to keep in mind: they do not want your crumpled, sweaty dollar bills that you’ve just pulled from your sock or your bra. [More]

Ben Schumin

Walmart’s Experiment Is Over: Greeters Are Returning For Good

For a while, Walmart tried a bold staffing experiment: they reassigned employees serving as greeters, a position that serves as both a friendly face and a theft deterrent. Instead of standing at the door, former greeters were to help guide customers to the checkouts, or help them find items in the aisles. That experiment began four years ago, and Walmart brought some greeters back about a year ago. Today Walmart announced that greeters will return to their rightful place in all stores. [More]

Mike Kalasnik

Here’s The List Of Aeropostale Stores That Are Closing

Whether it was market conditions or the behavior of their lenders that drove Aeropostale into bankruptcy, the teen-oriented clothing retailer has difficult decisions to make about which stores to keep and which to close. They’ve already decided on a preliminary closing list. [More]

Aeropostale Accuses Lender Of Purposely Squeezing It Into Bankruptcy

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Soon after former mall staple Aeropostale filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, it turned around and threw darts at one of its lenders, which it accused of working behind the scenes to force the company’s hand. [More]

Would You Buy A Free Shipping Subscription Only For Lands’ End?

Would You Buy A Free Shipping Subscription Only For Lands’ End?

Consumers really love Amazon Prime, a subscription service that now includes a variety of other perks, but began as a humble program that got subscribers free 2-day shipping. Now other retailers have started to wonder whether they can get customers to pay up for free shipping programs with additional perks. The latest retailer to try this is Lands’ End, which has introduced their program along with a more expensive and more stylish collection of clothing. [More]

1-800-Flowers Has Watson-Powered Robo-Concierge To Help You Choose Gifts

1-800-Flowers Has Watson-Powered Robo-Concierge To Help You Choose Gifts

Do you need help selecting just the right gift for your loved ones, but don’t want to ask an actual human being for that help? 1-800-Flowers, a florist chain named after the dominant way to order things 30 years ago, now has a robo-concierge powered by IBM’s Watson platform that will tell you what someone really wants as a gift. [More]

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Report: Aéropostale Will File For Bankruptcy Protection This Week

The Aeropostale Bankruptcy Watch may be over. After initial reports two weeks ago that the company was considering a filing in the coming month, now experts speculate that the troubled teen retailer could file later this week. Timing is key: with 800 stores, the company would need to file before its rent for May is due. [More]

Ben Schumin

Walmart Ditching Wild Oats Organic Brand After 2 Years

Two years ago, Walmart announced that it would sell inexpensive organic food to a mass market under the Wild Oats brand, at lower prices than national brands of certified organic products. After just about 2 years, Walmart is ending its Wild Oats experiment, deciding instead to begin selling organic items under its own house brand, Great Value, and also sell more fresh produce. [More]

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Yeah, You’re Going To Have To Pay For Your Kid’s Promposal, Too

We have either good or bad news for high school students and for their parents: promposals, or elaborate staged events where one teen asks another to the prom, aren’t going away, and have become as much an essential part of the prom-going experience as cummberbunds and corsages. Seeing how popular they are with teens, companies that sell or rent prom clothes have started marketing guides, promoting their brands but also reinforcing elaborate promposals as the norm. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find Ancient iPod Case, Rare Full-Price MobiBLU

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find Ancient iPod Case, Rare Full-Price MobiBLU

It was almost three years ago that one of the Raiders of the Lost Walmart excavated their first MobiBLU, a mini MP3 player that was the hottest entertainment technology available from Walmart in 2005. Somehow, the devices are still on the shelves at Walmart, sometimes at the original full price, never drawing any interest from paying customers: only from the camera lenses of our brave retail archaeologists. [More]

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Candle Company Creates Hills Snack Bar Scent, Entire Mid-Atlantic Freaks Out

If you lived in parts of the Mid-Atlantic, South, or Midwest in the ’80s or ’90s, you were probably familiar with the discount department store chain Hills. (If you aren’t from that area, when you read this story, substitute your favorite now-defunct local or regional department or discount store for Hills.) This week, a local YouTube channel and a candle company teamed up to create a scented candle, and created a frenzy. [More]

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Facebook Will Maybe Start Doing Something About Ads For Shady Clothing Sites

You may have seen ads on Facebook or elsewhere online for what look like decent quality and trendy clothes at rock-bottom prices. They have some satisfied customers, but many of these sites offer ill-fitting clothes that barely resemble their photos. When shady overseas fashion purveyors advertise on Facebook to find new customers, does Facebook have any responsibility for what happens next? [More]