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Retail Store Openings & Closings March 2014

 

The March store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store openings, with a total of 119 and a slowing of closures at 49. Industry-wide that is a 70 net gain, significantly better than the total 656 net loss we saw in February.

Retail Store Openings & Closings February 2014

 

The February store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a slower pace of store openings, with a total of 80 but a significant amount of closures at 736. Industry-wide that is a 656 net loss but down from the 1004 net loss we saw in January.

Retail Store Openings & Closings January 2014

 

The January store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a slower pace of store openings, with a total of 97 but a significant increase in closures at 1071. Industry-wide that is a 1004 net loss however the majority of closures were due to Blockbuster Video stores shuttering their doors at the beginning of the year.

Retail Store Openings & Closings December 2013

 

The December store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a slower pace of activity this month, with a total of 62 store openings and 32 closures. Industry-wide that is 30 net openings.

Retail Store Openings & Closings November 2013

 

The November store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide show lots of activity this month, with a total of 200 store openings and 91 closures. Industry-wide that is 108 net openings.

Using Consumer Reviews to Your Advantage

 
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Industry reports have shown that 44% of shoppers read opinion sites/social media prior to making a purchase and almost 60% of consumers surveyed consider consumer-generated reviews to be more valuable than expert reviews. There are many third-party websites that are havens for consumer reviews, like Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! Local reviews, Google+Local, Consumer Search, Yelp!, etc.

Web-Rooming is giving Show-Rooming a Run for its Money

 
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Don’t listen to those nay-sayers who claim that brick-and-mortar is sliding into the abyss in favor of e-commerce. Nothing makes “main street” more vigilant and opportunistic than when their backs are against the wall.

Game-Changers that Enhance the Constants of Retail

 
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The omni-channel experience, social media, customizing data for demographic segments and high-trafficked times of day, tablets replacing cash registers—all these (and more) are shaping the new face of retail.

Eye on Retail: Five Below

 

The Sporting Goods Sector Scores Big

 
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Even though Dick’s Sporting Goods has assumed the top spot among the large sporting goods retailers, the category overall is no slouch. Over the last year, there has been strong growth in this sector.

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