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In an effort to become more prominent in markets where they currently operate, five U.S. and Canadian restaurant chains Bruegger's Bagels, Fazoli's Restaurants,
Walgreens Slows Down To Boost Profits
After years of strong growth, Deerfield, Ill.-based drugstore chain Walgreen Co. is slowing down in a bid to boost profits and reinvest its capital into its current store portfolio
Johnson Controls Helps Retailers Cut Costs, But Warns Firms Not to Neglect Necessary Maintenance
Looking to cut costs? You’re not alone. Milwaukee, Wis.-based Johnson Controls Inc. is working with retailers to manage portfolios and provides a range of services, including finding and building new locations, renewing leases and managing maintenance projects
Riese Brings Tim Horton’s into New York Market to Grab New Business
In the space of one weekend, 12 Dunkin' Donuts stores and one Dunkin' cart had turned into new locations for the Canadian chain best known for its homemade doughnuts, Tim Hortons Inc
For Eyes Focuses on Thrifty Consumers and Baby Boomers in Expansion Efforts
For retailers that focus on low prices and convenience, the sputtering economy has opened doors—literally
7-Eleven Poised to Take Bigger Gulp of North American Market
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Batteries Plus Powers Up Demand in Small Town America
Even as some retailers cut back on opening new stores and building out new concepts, battery retailer Batteries Plus is expanding to small-town America
Finish Line Seeks Gold in Spite of Real Estate Downturn
The sporting goods retailer renegotiates leases and cuts costs to prepare for a turnaround
New California Project Bucks the Odds and Attracts Retailer Interest (3/18)
Even as most retailers are cutting back on new development, one new project has seemingly piqued the interest of a growing list of retailers
Dollar Stores See Dollar Signs
For most retailers, a slowing economy characterized by inflation, unemployment and a lack of consumer confidence spells big trouble. But for at least
Down in the Dumps
It hasn't been an easy year for department store operators. Before the housing bust, department stores had been on a winning streak and seemed to dispel
Opening up
With the economy faltering and sales at most retailers declining from year-ago levels, many firms are trimming growth projections, cutting back on new
Shakeup at Talbots
Talbots Inc. is looking to reinvent itself. Long known as your mother's favorite store, the fashions have become too in the words of new CEO Trudy Sullivan,
Easing In
U.K. supermarket operator Tesco PLC says it may be too early to start drawing conclusions about the popularity of its new Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets
The Lap of LUXURY
When Libby Lassiter began developing the Tysons Galleria in McLean, Va., in 1988, she decided to try something rather novel in those days anchoring a
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