Davenport, Iowa

Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

Davenport, Iowa -- Von Maur Department Stores announced Wednesday it has signed a contract to open a 150,000-sq.-ft. store at the GGP-owned Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City in fall 2014. The store will be the company's first location in Oklahoma....

Davenport, Iowa -- Department store chain Von Maur said Thursday that it has opened a 4,000-sq.-ft. Dry Goods store at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines, Iowa – the specialty retailer’s first location in the state and its eighth overall. The...

Von Maur has begun construction on an expansion of its e-commerce fulfillment center to support continued growth in its web business. Projected for completion in October 2012, the expansion will add an additional 73,000 square feet to the company's current 46,000-square-foot center and create more than 50 new jobs in Davenport, Iowa over the next three years. The expansion reflects the Von Maur's successful online business, which has seen triple-digit percentage sales increases every year since 2008.

Mired in a “sea of sameness,” multichannel retailer J.C. Penney is challenged to differentiate itself from its competitors. By creating emotional connections with consumers through easy and enjoyable shopping experiences — no matter the channel — it believes it can do just that. At last month's National Retail Federation Convention in New York, Clarence Kelley, executive vice president of planning and allocation at J.C. Penney, outlined four tactics the company uses to better serve its customers.

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