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Next month, Tommy Bahama is opening a restaurant at its new flagship store in Manhattan, N.Y. Shoppers will be able to buy one of the chain's signature tropical print shirts and then order the Macadamia-nut encrusted snapper. More and more retailers are following the Tommy Bahama model these days, using food and drink to lure customers into stores as sales increasingly migrate online. Urban Outfitters Inc., known for selling hipster threads in college towns, has served lamb merquez and striped bass at its Terrain home-and- garden store in Westport, Conn. More
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The 9 most successful retail stores in the USA
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Apple has the most successful retail stores by a wide margin. According to RetailSails, a retail and consumer goods consulting firm, the tech giant's 372 worldwide locations sold goods at a rate of more than $6,000 per square foot of floor space in the past 12 months. The average store of the next most successful company in the United States, Tiffany & Co., sold less than half that per square foot. In low-end department stores and supermarkets, sales per square foot were in many cases less than $100. Hancock Fabrics, a fabric retailer, brought in just $72 per square foot. More

Toys 'R' Us gains flexibility in Canada
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The Canadian division of Toys "R" Us has added new distribution capacity in British Columbia to receive imports and improve shipping to local stores. The 180,000-sq.-ft. facility, located in the Vancouver suburb of Delta, is the retailer's third Canadian distribution center. It is strategically positioned to receive goods from overseas and domestic manufacturers who can now ship directly to British Columbia for distribution to local Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores. More

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Malls make their move — Multimillion-dollar renovations try to get everyone to hang out, not just teens
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Shopping malls want to be Starbucks. In the same way that coffee shops transcended the idea of selling caffeinated beverages to become community hubs, malls want to transcend shopping and become the place where everyone — and not just teenagers — comes to meet, socialize or get some work done. More

TJX: Same-store sales rose 3 percent in November
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TJX Cos., the Framingham, Mass.-based company that operates such retail chains as T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, said Thursday that same-store sales rose 3 percent in November when compared to sales in the same month a year ago; that gain was "above plan," TJX said. Same-store sales — or sales at stores open at least a year — are regarded by Wall Street analysts as a strong indicator of a retailer's performance. More

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Costco, J.C. Penney and Nordstrom on the rise
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Retail stores are having a happy day, with Costco Wholesale Corp. up nearly 5 percent and leading the Standard & Poor's 500 index, and J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Nordstrom Inc. all near the top of the index, up 3.6 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively. Clothing retailers Express Inc., up 9 percent, and American Eagle Outfitters Inc., up 7 percent, are also doing well, both posting gains after good earnings. More

Calvin Klein opens first store in Edmonton, Canada
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Fashion retailer Calvin Klein is opening at South Edmonton Common, its first store in Edmonton, Canada. The 8,000-square-foot store will be the sixth Calvin Klein lifestyle location to open in Canada and the second in Alberta. A store opened at Cross Iron Mills north of Calgary in August. More

Sustainability on every aisle
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From product conception to storefront display, today's top retailers are trending toward a greener image — and wisely so. Adopting sustainable practices isn't just the right thing to do for the environment, it's the smartest thing to do for the bottom line. A comprehensive environmental assessment is an essential tool for benchmarking water and energy usage, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. A waste audit can also help identify which materials are coming in and how they are being consumed and disposed. More


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US shopping malls cater to shifting demographics
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Macerich Co. isn't usually in the business of hosting religious processions in its mall parking lots. But when it allowed a Good Friday event featuring a costumed Jesus, prisoners and Roman guards at a Phoenix mall last year, hundreds of shoppers turned out from the heavily Hispanic community, where re-enactments of the Stations of the Cross are a major occasion. The response proved to Macerich that its program to attract the surrounding population to its malls was working. More

Green building to surge amid new LEDs and smart windows
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As new LED light bulbs and smart windows debut, new surveys say the lure of lower utility bills is prompting a boom in green building despite a weak global economy. Half, or 51 percent, of companies say most of their construction projects (at least 60 percent) will be certified as green by 2015, up from 28 percent in 2012 and 13 percent in 2009, according to a study that finds saving money — not the planet — is their primary motive. More

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Flaunt your green, conference told
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Shoppers have gained sustainability smarts, and they can usually spot a phony "greenwash" effort when they see one, sustainability experts say. Those same folks, however, are apt to respond far more enthusiastically to holistic "social marketing" efforts that engage their inner "green" while also promoting other positives — like fair trade and sustainably sourced products. More

Maintain the look of floors through the holiday rush
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The holiday season can wreak havoc on floors in commercial facilities — especially retail locations — and make work a lot more difficult for cleaning professionals. However, incorporating some preventive measures and taking a few extra steps can help protect a floor's finish and keep floors clean, safe and shiny. More

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Smart art today for smart building ventilation tomorrow
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The "Bloom" installation by University of Southern California architect professor Doris Kim Sung is composed of 14,000 pieces of thermobimetal, a smart material that changes its shape when hit by the heat of the sun. "Bloom" was constructed with two thin sheets of these metals, each with different expansion rates, which were then laminated together. Because one sheet expands faster than the other, when the temperature rises, the metal sheets curl up. When the mercury dips again, these sheets flatten out. More

Starbucks plays to local Chinese tastes
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After nearly 14 years of working to persuade China to buy into its foreign coffee culture, Starbucks Corp. is aiming to become more Chinese as it plans a rapid expansion in the country. Belinda Wong, president of Starbucks China, said in an interview that Starbucks aims to roll out 800 new stores in the next three years to add to its existing fleet of 700. Over that period it will increase the number of employees to more than 30,000 from the current 12,000. More

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