During the Great Recession, shoppers could stroll down just about any major city block and find one, or two, trendy storefront pop-up stores. But those days are long gone. With less vacant commercial retail space available this holiday season, pop-up shops — temporary retail stores — are evolving and finding new outlets. The vacancy decline in fact is a sign of a stabilizing economy, said Chuck Lanyard, a retail analyst for the Goldstein Group, a real estate brokerage firm.
Ad Age takes a look at one of the first Google pop-up locations in Manhattan.
J.C. Penney is launching a Disney shop inside 565 stores on Oct. 4 after launching the shop online Sept. 6. The stores will carry toys, collectibles and children's apparel for ages two to 10 that showcase Disney characters. Prices will range from $7 for a plush toy to $90 for a keepsake collection of Disney princess dolls. "The addition of Disney Shops to J.C. Penney will be a major draw in our kids department," Betsy Schumacher, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for children's, said in a release.
eBay and the United States Postal Service have a long relationship thanks to the importance of shipping to online sellers. In fact, eBay with its 120 million active users (globally) is one of the U.S. Postal Service's largest package mailers. The Postmaster General was warmly welcomed by eBay sellers when he appeared on stage at the 2005 eBay Live conference. But it's only now, in 2013, that the USPS is opening a store on eBay.