- Halloween City
A Dominant Specialty Retailer (5/22/2013)
by Beverly Dykes
At Halloween City, the second most important retail season of the year is their only business. The stores have been enticing customers with the sights and sounds of this unique holiday since 1977. During the course of its evolution, Halloween City has become a reputable retailer in the marketplace, and the fastest growing temporary retailer in the world.
- Destination XL
Meets the Style Needs Of Big & Tall Men (4/25/2013)
by Beverly Dykes
Big and tall men have made specialty-sized apparel one of the fastest growing segments of retailing. The national expansion of Destination XL (DXL) has been a natural progression of the trend, reflecting the growing need for designer brand clothing, shoes, accessories and home and living products that appeal to this niche ...
- Auntie Anne’s
Building Its Global Brand Presence (3/14/2013)
In February of 2013, Auntie Anne’s celebrated its 25th birthday. The momentous occasion was preceded by another milestone -- the opening of the chain’s 1000th U.S. store opening, which took place in Elizabethtown, KY in late December 2012.
New Prototype Conveys the Look, Feel and Taste of Its Italian Heritage (2/7/2013)
In the last quarter of 2012, Sbarro launched a new pizza recipe, Neapolitan-style, that would replace the longstanding pizza recipe featured at its more than 500 distinctive eateries operating throughout the U.S. The debut was timed to coincide with National Pizza Month...
Offers Unmatched Variety and Nutrition (12/29/2012)
In the interests of eating enjoyable food and feeling good, there is an innovative quick food restaurant that takes the concept of serving good tasting, good for you food to a refreshing new level. Founder Matthew Corrin has hit on a trend in dining that is right in tune with people’s longing for customized meals that aren’t complicated or laden with unhealthful ingredients. It’s about eating without any regret, eating to benefit one’s nutrition, yet not having to compromise on taste.
The concept began as a single unit opened by Matthew Corrin in Toronto in early 2005, with the intent of changing the way people eat, for the better. It garnered the ARC award for National Innovative Retail Concept of the Year from Cadillac Fairview Ltd., and the foundation for future success was affirmed. Today, as President of Freshii, Matthew Corrin is still very involved with the development of the chain, which currently numbers approximately 60 locations opened throughout the United States and Canada. Among new locations added in the past few years have been restaurants in Dubai, Vienna, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, Houston, Denver, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia,
- CHARLOTTE RUSSE
Represents Savvy Retailing (11/7/2012)
Those familiar with formerly popular confections will recognize Charlotte Russe as a dessert invented by a noted French chef in the late 1700s, who named it in honor of his Russian employer, Czar Alexander I. In the retail realm, Charlotte Russe is the name of a women’s apparel and accessories retailer that aptly epitomizes the moniker’s subtle reference to the ever evolving nature of consumers’ tastes and preferences.
A Consistent Fast Casual Segment Leader (10/11/2012)
Denver, CO based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has consistently ranked among the restaurant industries’ best performing companies. When it was founded in 1993, the goal was to provide tacqueria-inspired, affordably priced menu items, of a quality on par with fine dining, but delivered up fast, by friendly servers. The concept created a new category in the minds of consumers that did not fit the fast-food mold.
It’s Regarded as The Destination for Hats (9/6/2012)
The company playfully implores customers, “No matter where you’re at, wear a hat.” By serving the needs of a broad market base, encompassing everyone from core sports fans and fashion-conscious, trend-savvy teens to customers ranging in age from their 20s on up through retirement age, LIDS has become a leading retailer of athletic fashion headwear, apparel and accessories.
- Solstice Sunglass Boutique
A Resource For Personal Style (8/2/2012)
When trying to make a distinctive fashion statement, nothing else has quite the impact of a quality, stylish pair of name brand sunglasses. This is particularly the case in such sunny resort destinations as Florida, Hawaii, California, and numerous high profile recreation destinations frequented by celebrity trend setters.
- Urban Outfitters
Resonates with Its Targeted Customers (6/21/2012)
When the August 2011 Issue of STORES magazine ranked Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) at number 18 on its annual listing of the Hot 100 Retailers, it confirmed the company’s enviable position among its many competitors. At the time, the retailer’s store roster numbered 334 units operating under five distinct retail brands...
Experiencing Strong Sales Growth Across its Global Retail Base (5/31/2012)
Fossil, Inc., an innovative global design, marketing and distribution company that specializes in consumer fashion lifestyle and accessory products, announced in early May that the company’s reported net sales and earnings for the first quarter of 2012 continued at record levels, defying the experiences of many of its competitors. In a comparison with the financial results reported for the same quarter in 2011, the brand saw net sales...
- Corner Bakery Café
Continues to Evolve and Grow the Brand (5/10/2012)
Corner Bakery Café has garnered significant media attention over the past few years for its aggressive rate of growth. Through a combination of multi-unit franchise partnership agreements, as well as controlled company-owned unit growth, the brand has added approximately 20 new locations annually to its roster for the past five years, with hundreds of new franchise locations committed for future development. The company’s growth projections have been variously described by corporate executives as: “75 openings in the ...
- WEIGHT WATCHERS
Makes Weight Management Achievable and Sustainable (4/19/2012)
The battle for people attempting to shave off pounds is typically hard fought and can be wrought with peril. Though a variety of trends in weight loss have come and gone, one company has been at the forefront of the industry for over 50 years, helping millions throughout the world achieve their goals.
- Dollar Tree
An Endless Treasure Trove (4/5/2012)
Who could pass up an opportunity for convenient, fun shopping that also offers the promise of scoring great values? That, in a nutshell, characterizes the Dollar Tree retailing concept -- the nation’s leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less. Every Dollar Tree store is stocked with a broad, exciting merchandise mix that...
- Cycle Gear
The Premium Resource for Motorcycle Enthusiasts (3/8/2012)
To the uninitiated, face plants, high-sides, low-sides, get offs and tank slappers may sound like lingo used among professional stuntmen on a daily basis. To those who regularly ride motorcycles, dirt bikes and ATV’s, however, these are recognized as the reason there exists such things as helmets, body armor, leather apparel...
Features Fashion Basics at Compelling Values (3/2/2012)
Most every household having a teenage girl or boy in residence has likely heard of the Ačropostale (or Aero) brand of stores. The retailer targets trend conscious young women and men, primarily ranging in age from 14 to 18, with a fashion-forward offering of casual apparel and accessories. The stores provide a focused selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion and wardrobe basic merchandise at value price points. The Ačropostale branded merchandise can only be purchased ...
Specialists In Custom Framing (2/23/2012)
It has been said that the frames that grace a room’s walls elevate the environment by giving the room dimension, and act as a window through which the viewer observes an artist‘s vision. Frames also convey a distinctive image and subtle sense of style. For anyone considering updating their home or business wall décor, the options can be daunting. There‘s personal artwork to consider, framed photos, posters, prints of all sizes and themes, mementos, mirrors, memorabilia, limited edition works of art, certificates, important documents, and inspirational mission statements. Increasingly, even ...
- MASSAGE ENVY SPA
Offers Premium Facials In Addition To Relaxing Massages (2/1/2012)
Nationally, therapeutic massage is a $10 billion a year industry that has benefited from unprecedented popularity in recent years, particularly owing to the proliferation in the marketplace of upscale, convenient retail clinic locations that offer quality, affordable services. Their success has also been fueled by referrals from medical providers who have embraced the auxiliary health benefits of therapeutic massage ...
- Smashburger Succeeds In Building Better Burgers (1/11/2012)
In the competitive customizable burger category of the restaurant business, Smashburger has become a front-runner in a short span of time. The chain‘s distinctive offerings, and unique smashing technique for cooking their burgers, have been getting rave reviews in each market they serve. Among recent industry accolades have been a ranking among the top 75 ...
- Autobell is Growing (10/27/2011)
by Thomas A. Mussoni, CCIM
Last month Autobell Car Wash opened its 62th car wash with a new location in Mooresville, NC. Two more are soon to open in Virginia. With that addition, Autobell will have opened 13 car washes since 2008, a 25% growth rate, during the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.
Charlotte-based Autobell Car Wash Inc. is generally considered amongst both industry peers and customers to be the Disney or Chick-Fil-A of the car wash industry, a leader and trailblazer that sets and maintains the highest standards for its field...