A small display of snow-topped villages and ornaments sits nestled between the mattress and hardware departments at the Sears store in Manassas. Next week, Toys R Us stores in the area are inviting children to decorate Christmas cards and slurp away on candy canes while their parents shop Christmas sales.
Yes, it's July, but some stores have decided that to get ahead of the poor economy they need to start now on the holiday shopping season.
Here are some other news and notes on retail and retail real estate from around the Web today.
According to Supermarket News, Food Lion is joining the green parade. The company is planning a LEED-certified store in South Carolina. It will be the first LEED-certified grocery store in the state.
Microsoft continues to move ahead with its plan to open brick-and-mortar stores. CNET tells us the first locations will open this fall. It originally announced its intentions in February. There's a nice video below that illustrates the concept.
The New York Times looked at how luxury stores have started discount advertising, creating competition between chains you'd never previously lump together. For example, Saks and Neiman Marcus now have ads that put them in the same league as Daffy's.
The New York Post had an update on Eddie Bauer's plight. Liquidation may be possible for the chain. "Monarch Alternative Capital and Anchorage Advisors -- a pair of New York hedge funds that together control Eddie Bauer's $200 million in debt -- aim to convert Eddie Bauer into a Web-based business to sell outdoor clothing and other licensed products, sources told The Post."