Retail Stores

Starbucks to Close 150 Stores Next Year
June 20, 2018 at 1:04 pm

Starbucks will close 150 poorly performing company-operated stores next year, about three times as many as it typically closes. The affected stores are located in mostly urban areas that are densely populated with Starbucks locations. The company told investors late Tuesday that it expects same-store sales to grow just 1 percent for the quarter that…

Millennials DO Shop in Stores
June 20, 2018 at 11:52 am

Some in the retail industry believe that millennials have contributed to the decline of brick-and-mortar stores. These young digital natives are constantly tethered to devices and buy products online at the expense of physical stores, or so goes popular belief. That’s a myth, according to our recent survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers. We…

Father's Day Spending Trends to Be Aware Of
June 15, 2018 at 10:58 am

In this week's episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss consumer spending for Father's Day. Topics addressed in this video include the product categories forecast to see the biggest boost in sales from Father's Day, the important role gift cards will play, consumers increasing preference for purchasing experiences rather…

Lands' End to Shutter More Sears Stores, Open Standalone Ones
June 14, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Lands’ End is distancing itself from struggling Sears Holdings Co. by shuttering more of its in-store shops and instead opening more smaller standalone locations. Since the apparel company split from Sears in 2014, it has been phasing out its sites in the department store chain.It's planning to decrease its number of Sears shops to 132…

J.C. Penney to Launch 650 Fanatics In-Store Shops
June 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

J.C. Penney announced last week that it has launched Fanatics shops inside 325 of its stores, with plans to introduce another 325 additional Fanatics destinations by the back-to-school season. Since 2014, sports apparel brand Fanatics has sold its merchandise online at Like the online store, the shops-in-shops will house Fanatics shops with local collegiate…

Lord & Taylor to Close 10 Stores, Including Fifth Avenue Flagship
June 7, 2018 at 2:19 pm

The Hudson’s Bay Co., continuing to suffer same-store sales declines across most of its divisions, is trimming costs by closing 10 Lord & Taylor stores, including its flagship location on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. HBC revealed the planned closures as it reported a net loss of 400 million Canadian dollars, or $308 million, for the…

Costco is Set to Raises Wages for 130,000 Employees
June 4, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Nearly 130,000 Costco employees are poised to get a pay raise starting on June 11. According to the Seattle Times, in a May 31 call with investors, CFO Richard Galanti said that the starting wage for Costco employees would go up $1 to $14 or $14.50 per hour, while other warehouse employees would see hourly raises…

Sweet Experiences Drive Lolli and Pops’ Success
June 4, 2018 at 10:48 am

In episode 148 of Total Retail Talks, Total Retail's Editor-in-Chief Melissa Campanelli interviews Sid Gupta, founder, president and CEO of Lolli and Pops. Gupta discusses why Lolli and Pops is different from other candy shops, what experiential retail means to the brand, how it's using technology as a competitive advantage, among other topics.

Sears to Shutter 72 More Stores
May 31, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Sears Holdings said Thursday it will be closing more than 70 stores in 2018 as its sales continue to decline. Earlier this year, the retailer identified 100 unprofitable Sears and Kmart stores, and announced today that it will be closing 72 of these stores "in the near future." In a statement announcing its fiscal first-quarter results, Sears said:…

Why Retail is and Shall Remain a Human-Driven Experience
May 23, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Is physical retail really dying? Not according to statistics, which show that upwards of 80 percent of all retail sales ​still take place in traditional brick-and-mortar stores. Yes, marketplaces like provide the convenience of online and mobile shopping, but physical retail continues to deliver on the promise of human-centered experiences. After all, humans are…