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1. Dick's maps 3-year growth plan

NRF SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Pennsylvania-based Dick's Sporting Goods will open up to 150 new stores and book $9 billion in sales by 2017, the company said Tuesday. The retailer plans to invest $850 million in new stores, remodels and e-commerce, and focus on new and underserved markets. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/14)

2. Can Victoria's Secret wade past changing consumer tides?

NRF SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Lingerie leader Victoria's Secret is under pressure from new, lower-priced rivals including AdoreMe and consumers who want the brand to offer larger sizes. "Women today have never felt stronger or sexier. They have single-handedly redefined sexy as a state of mind and not a specific dress size. Victoria's Secret needs to celebrate this new attitude to remain relevant," branding expert Jeetendr Sehdev said. Business Insider (04/13)

3. Kohl's aims to rev up fashion offerings

NRF SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Arthur Lewis leads the team at Kohl's design office in the heart of New York City's fashion district, where designers are creating fall lines for popular brands including LC Lauren Conrad, Jennifer Lopez and Simply Vera Vera Wang. The retailer is raising the bar on its fashion offerings as part of an ongoing turnaround effort, and over the past few years Lewis has attracted designers from rival retailers including Macy's and Victoria's Secret. Fortune (04/15)

4. Why Nordstrom, Macy's are bringing their outlets closer

NRF SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's have begun moving their outlet stores closer to their full-line locations to serve as entry points for shoppers. "Instead of taking business away from the base Bloomingdale's store, we actually brought new customers who learned and got comfortable with Bloomingdale's from the outlet experience," said Karen Hoguet, chief financial officer of parent Macy's, which will bring Bloomingdale's Outlets to New York City. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (04/12)

5. Sears enters real estate venture with Simon to raise cash

NRF SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

Sears Holdings has teamed with mall operator Simon Property Group, contributing 10 retail properties with a total value of $228 million to a new joint venture. Simon will contribute $114 million in cash to the venture. Sears, which will lease the stores back from Simon, sealed a real-estate deal earlier this month with General Growth Properties. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/13)

6. IKEA to bet big on neighboring retail

NRF SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

IKEA will invest as much as $3.2 billion on new shopping center development in the next several years, looking to capitalize on the demand from retailers to set up shop near the furniture giant's massive stores. The Sweden-based retailer operates 318 stores around the globe, which drew 716 million shoppers last year. Reuters (04/15)

7. Report: Teens love Starbucks, Nike and Amazon

NRF SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Teens spend the biggest share of their cash on food, with Starbucks and Chipotle the most popular nosh spots, according to a report from Piper Jaffray. Denim is out and activewear brands such as Nike and Lululemon are in, and Amazon topped the list of the most popular online shopping sites, the report revealed. Business Insider (04/15)

8. How Angela Ahrendts is rethinking retail at Apple

NRF SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Apple fans have been keeping a close eye on Angela Ahrendts' moves since the former Burberry CEO stepped into her new role as senior vice president of retail and online stores last May. So far, Ahrendts has reorganized the Apple Retail management team, introduced new employee apparel and increased emphasis on China. STORES Magazine looks at what's next, including changes to in-store service. Read more. National Retail Federation (04/10)

9. Stuart Weitzman names luxury exec to lead global retail

NRF SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Luxury Daily (04/14)

10. Build-A-Bear picks ex-American Eagle exec for COO post

NRF SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (04/14)

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