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February 7, 2011
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J.C. Penney launches new big-and-tall chain, wants 150 stores by 2013

Image Source Page: J.C. Penney ‘s Growth Brands Division announced plans to launch a new retail concept catering to the men’s big & tall customer. To be called The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co., the chain will carry branded apparel and accessories as well as its own line of upscale merchandise. The Foundry…

February 3, 2011
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January U.S. Chain Store Sales Continued Strong…

Retailers weathered the storms in January, both literally and figuratively. Based on ICSC’s tally of 32 retailers that reported monthly sales, aggregate industry comp-store sales rose by 4.8% in January—besting our forecast. Although retailers were impacted by storms in the Northeast and Southeast, in particular, strength across the board helped to lift overall industry sales…

February 2, 2011
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How Antara Polanco Revived a Corner of Mexico City..

How Antara Polanco Revived a Corner of Mexico City By Maria Bird Pico Skeptics predicted that Antara Polanco would become a white elephant, albeit a beautiful one. Instead, not only has this architecturally precocious mixed-use center grown over the past four years into a vibrant shopping and office complex, it has spurred other ambitious projects…

February 1, 2011
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Northeast Storm Slams Store Sales in Region–ICSC and Goldman Sachs

  Another week, another storm seemed to derail the consumers’ ability to shop, which in turn was accentuated since January is a low-volume month for sales. The ICSC-Goldman Sachs (ICSC-GS) chain-store sales index for the latest week ending on January 29--which is also the end of the fiscal year for most retailers--dropped by 1.0% from…