Target Corp., which operates 19 stores in San Diego County, will pay nearly $4 million to settle a consumer protection complaint accusing the company of overcharging customers, it was announced Wednesday. The complaint accused the retail chain of charging higher prices at their cash-register scanners that were posted in the aisles and misrepresenting the weight of its own packaged food items. The complaint was filed by the San Diego City Attorney's Office in conjunction with the District Attorney offices in Contra Costa, Sonoma, Marin, Santa Cruz and Fresno counties.
For many years, Kohl's has struggled with its merchandise assortment. Until recently, management emphasized private labels like Sonoma and Croft & Barrow and Jumping Beans. Now Kohl's is moving away from private brands toward national brands like Nike, Adidas, Keds, Levi, Juicy Couture and Izod, Elie Tahari for DesigNation, Elle, Gloria Vanderbilt, Disney, Arrow, Dockers, Carters and many others. The emphasis on exclusive lines such as Vera Wang, Jennifer Lopez, Dana Buchman and others will continue.
Footcandy Shoes announced the launch of its Footcandy mobile shop. The 34-ft. luxury coach vehicle is styled out and stocked with designer shoes, currently touring West Coast proper from Los Angeles to San Diego, Seattle and beyond. The Footcandy mobile shop is also for hire, adding a fresh take on wedding parties, showers, private fashion functions and events.
Williams-Sonoma, a $3 billion juggernaut with 268 stores nationwide, could face an uphill battle over its plans to return to Sonoma, Calif. and open a store at the original site on Broadway.