London, England - Arc’teryx has come to Europe, with a stand-alone store in British retailer Snow + Rock’s retail chain. The new store is a company first, as the brand typically opens shops within shops at retail outlets. Currently, Arc'teryx stores are also open at Transa in Zurich and Globetrotter in Cologne. Two corporate stores are open in Vancouver and Montréal, Canada as well. Arc’teryx creates clothing and outerwear for men and women, as well as outdoor gear, accessories and backpacks.
Washington, D.C.,-- The National Retail Federation reported this month that July was a “mixed bag” for retailers. Back-to-school categories like clothing and sporting goods brought boosts to sales, although home-based categories, like building materials and furniture stores showed declines.
The association reports that July retail sales, recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, showed that total retail and food services sales (which include non-general merchandise categories such as automobiles, gasoline stations, and restaurants) increased 0.2 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and increased 5.4 percent adjusted year-over-year. Additionally, Sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores’ sales increased 1.0 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month and increased 3.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
Seattle, Wash.,-- REI announced that they will open a new REI store at Knoxville, Tenn.,-based Papermill Plaza in Fall 2014. This is the retailer’s second location in Tennessee. The other store is located in Brentwood. The Knoxville store will be 23,500 square feet, located in the northeast corner of Papermill Drive and Kingston Pike Road. The new retail outlet will include a bike shop where assembly and repair services will be available, as well as a community space for outdoor-related classes and presentations. The new store is expected to create 50 new jobs, for which online applications will be taken next summer.
Washington, DC – The National Retail Federation, in partnership with University of Phoenix, recently announced the names of 10 individuals who will receive full-tuition scholarships to fulfill their educational and professional dreams by undertaking a bachelor’s or MBA program with University of Phoenix.
Lawrenceville, N.J. – Last month, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) toured Mrs. G. TV, Appliance and Sleep Center as part of their “Simpler Taxes for America” tour. This was the second location on the tour, which begain in St. Paul, Minn. The store is the first retail facility to be visited.
Los Angeles, Calif. – More than two-thirds of American consumers reported they prefer to shop in traditional brick-and-mortar stores, according to a recent study from Synquera, by Instant.Ly. The study found that 67 percent of respondents prefer brick-and-mortar over online. However, that number is tempered by the 73 percent of respondents that said the greatest deterrent to shopping in brick-and-mortar stores is the checkout process.
Los Angeles, Calif. – Sporting goods retailer Sport Chalet has a new location at the FIGat7th shopping center in Downtown Los Angeles. The new store, which was designed by global design firm Gensler, features a store hub dubbed the “Expert Center” where classes and clinics are held covering a wide range of activities from cycling to hiking to scuba diving. Accompanying the store’s grand opening will be 52 consecutive weeks of in-store clinics where professionally trained expert staff members will help customers explore and learn more about their favorite athletic activities.
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Outdoor specialty retailer, Alabama Outdoors, is closing its 5,000 square-foot store in Tuscaloosa, AL. The building lease ends July 31st and the owners plan to liquidate the inventory before then. With over 15 years of service in the area, President Scott McCrory told a local newspaper that he planned to explore options for another location in the city, but for now it was best to take advantage of the ending lease. Alabama Outdoors has stores in eight other Alabama cities: Homewood, Trussville, Inverness, Montgomery, Huntsville, Florence and Mobile.
Lexington, Mass. – Sperry Top-Sider, the maker of nautical-inspired footwear that was acquired by Wolverine last year, is bringing its performance footwear line to 49 different Dick's Sporting Goods stores nationwide. Also available at Dick's is the Sperry Shock Light shoe, which is designed to reduce the impact of boat vibrations while aboard a water vessel.
Sperry's distribution also includes independent, marine, outdoor and department stores. Since early 2010, the brand has launched 26 flagship retail locations in the U.S as well.