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.

Stein Mart will expand its presence with the opening of three new stores on March 15. The new stores will be located in Irvine, California; Suwanee, Georgia; and Sunset Hills, Missouri.

EUROPEAN APPAREL VS. BILLABONG USA AND BRAD BLEICK, INC. IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Law firm of Richard G. Anderson has filed suit on behalf of the plaintiff, European Apparel, in the Superior Court of Orange County, California. The suit against Billabong USA (BBG:AX) and Brad Bleick, Inc. is for unspecified damages resulting from breach of contract, alleged fraud, and alleged conspiracy to commit fraud. The lawsuit alleges that Paul Naude, the Executive Director and General Manager of Billabong, USA, did issue written authority in April 2011 to European Apparel authorizing them as

Tags: Customer Experience, Retail - Apparel, Store Design & Layout According to a Business Wire story on, Nike continues to make retailing inroads into the youth-oriented action sport and culture market with the opening of its third Salvation concept store. The new Malibu, Calif. location joins stores opened in 2009 in Laguna Beach and Irvine. The 4,000-square-foot location offers market-tailored product lines from youth culture brands Nike, Hurley and Converse, merchandised and marketed for "a premium shopping experience." The retail environment features a fresh attitude and innovative consumer experiences, including "The Workshop," an on-site customization station that lets

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