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JCPenney looking to cash in its real estate
Plano, Texas – JCPenney is putting its 1.8 million-sq.-ft. headquarters here building up for sale.
Hancock Fabrics files for Chapter 11
Baldwyn, Miss. – Fabric, sewing and accessories retailer Hancock Fabrics, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries this week filed petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
Kirkland’s sees holiday sales spike
Nashville, Tenn. – Kirkland's managed to tough out a heavily promotional fourth quarter and come away with a double-digit sales gain.
2016’s “Color to Avoid”
Durham, N.C. – Much as been written about Pantone’s surprising choice for 2016’s Color(s) of the Year. But what’s the opposite of that?
Deadline for NY Market coverage one week away
New York – There’s one week left to submit new product information for coverage in H&TT’s big New York Home Fashions Market issue.
Mohawk awarded for customer service
Sugar Valley, Ga. – For the second year in a row, Mohawk Home is being honored for its customer service.
Gift for Life honors industry leaders
New York – Home textiles executive Arun Agarwal was among the honorees at the Gift for Life party here earlier this week, which raised $200,000 for HIV/AIDS service and education programs supported by DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting.
Cotton price 60 cents
New York – Thursday’s end-of-day price on Cotton #2 futures for March contracts was 60 cents. The price on May contracts was 61 cents.
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- JCPenney looking to cash in its real estate
- Hancock Fabrics files for Chapter 11
- Kirkland’s sees holiday sales spike
- Gift for Life honors industry leaders
- Hollander appoints vice president for planning and customer service
- Anna’s Linens vet joins Aico/Amini upholstery team
Business Annual 2016
February 1, 2016Have you heard? Brick-and-mortar retail stores are kaput, passé, doomed. They are about to become, as Monty Python would have said it, ex-parrots. You would think the annual gathering of the National Retail Federation would be the last event to foster such a point of view, but it emerged as a key theme during last month’s NRF expo in New York. Steve Barr, a partner and the US Retail and Consumer Sector leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, told online outlet Retail Dive this year will bring “more store closures, more bankruptcies and restructurings, and increased shareholder activism that will either lead ...
Home Alone 3
February 1, 2016What a crazy start to the new retail year, right? Just when you thought you knew who the good guys were — and weren’t — 2016 starts off with a bizarro series of reports and news that seem to put the entire retailing landscape upside down. Consider: • Walmart says it will close hundreds of stores around the world, including a sizeable bunch here in the good old U.S. of A. The Boys from Bentonville open stores, they don’t close them. • JCPenney, of all people, says it had a pretty good Christmas. Granted, it is still recovering from the Johnson ...
Home Alone 3
January 25, 2016Walmart is closing some stores. There’s an old journalistic rule about “not burying the lead,” which means don’t put the most important piece of information deep into the story but always place it first. So, theoretically I’ve not broken that rule…but in fact I have. The big news is not that Walmart is closing some stores. The big news is that it’s not that big a deal. Earlier this month, The Big W announced it would be closing 269 stores around the world, including 154 in the United States. At first glance, that does sound ...
January 25, 2016You’ve heard the advertising adage – “Sex sells.” It’s rarely used in the marketing of bedding, at least not in the U.S. And a mattress topper, so utilitarian and always out of sight, would seem to be the un-sexiest textile product of the lot. Not so fast. At Heimtextil earlier this month, Austrian bedding manufacturer Hefel Bed and Sleep was promoting the “Hefel Romance Mattress Topper” with language that promoted its ability to enhance…the mood, shall we say. “The Hefel Romance mattress topper sets the scene for a truly romantic bedroom – in a completely natural way. Microcrystals ...
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