Friday, April 28, 2017

Japanese $1.50 store to open fifth store in North Texas

Image result for Daiso JapanDaiso Japan, where almost everything sells for $1.50, will open its fifth store in North Texas at a location in Arlington next to a Nordstrom Rack.

The Hiroshima-based company has more than 2,800 stores in Japan and more than 600 in other countries including the U.S., where it so far has stores in California, Washington and Texas.. . . more

Amazon extends double-digit sales-growth streak

Image result for amazon’s unbroken 20-year streak of double-digit revenue growth shows no sign of slowing this year, helped by an influx of online shoppers who are abandoning stores and new business for its cloud-computing division.

The company topped profit and revenue estimates in the first quarter and projected sales that may beat projections in the current period, reinforcing its message to investors that big spending on warehouses, movies and devices are all part of a winning formula.. . . more

Bonobos continues offline expansion

E-commerce driven Bonobos continues to expand its physical presence.
The upscale menswear retailer added three new stores (which it calls “guideshops”), with locations at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles; the Summit in Lexington, Ky.; and Chicago’s Southport neighborhood, reported Another outpost is due to in Denver next week.
Walmart is reportedly in advanced discussions to acquire Bonobos.. . . more

Coffee giant meets profit expectations but sales miss

Starbucks Corp. met profit expectations for its second quarter even as its sales disappointed.  
The retailer’s net earnings increased 13.5%, to $652.8 million, or 45 cents a share, in line with expectations. Revenue totaled $5.28 billion, less than expected.
Same-store sales rose 3%, also below forecasts, as average tickets rose 4%. Customer transactions were down 2%, which the company attributed to a change in its rewards program.. . . more

84 Lumber set to open first store in Greater Boston

Image result for 84 lumber holbrook ma84 Lumber, the Pennsylvania-based building materials supplier, is set to open its second Massachusetts location — this time a little closer to Boston.

The company will hold a grand opening for the store at 54 High St. in Holbrook on May 11. The chain based in the Pittsburgh area already has a store in West Springfield.. . . more

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Whole Foods shares move higher as another investor tells the grocer to consider a sale

An employee arranges produce for sale at a Whole Foods Market Inc. store in Oakland, CaliforniaShares of Whole Foods Market edged higher on Thursday following a report that mutual-fund manager Neuberger Berman has told the company to explore a sale.

Neuberger Berman, which holds a 2.7 percent stake in the grocery chain, sent a letter to the company's board this week that urged its members to "immediately engage shareholders" to consider options that could include a sale, according to The Wall Street Journal.. . . more

Duluth Holdings Celebrates Grand Opening of its Twentieth Store in Warwick, Rhode Island

Image result for duluth holdings opens in warwick riDuluth Holdings Inc., a lifestyle brand of men’s and women’s casual wear, workwear and accessories, today announced the grand opening of its 20th store in Warwick, Rhode Island, part of the Greater Providence Area. The store is located at 1000 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, RI 02886.

“Opening our 20th retail store in Warwick is a milestone for Duluth and it is also the fourth location in the eastern U.S to serve our largest concentration of customers,” said Stephanie Pugliese, Chief Executive Officer of Duluth Trading.. . . more