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March 14, 2014

Chain Store Age’s 32nd annual Retail Store of The Year design competition recognizes the best in retail and restaurant design from around the world, as well as achievements in sustainability and in-store digital innovation. All the winning stores and restaurants are featured in this exclusive report.

March 6, 2014

Following a bitterly cold and stormy January that left many retailers with disappointing monthly sales figures, February’s sales results were generally s bit more encouraging.

New York – Following a bitterly cold and stormy January that left many retailers with disappointing monthly sales figures, February’s sales results were generally a bit more encouraging. Chain store sales posted a gain of 2.7% for the fiscal month of February on a year-over-year basis, according to a tally of comparable-store sales compiled by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

December 30, 2013

Due to the holiday rush and related closings, Chain Store Age has extended the deadline for its 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year Design Competition until Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

New York -- Due to the holiday rush and related closings, Chain Store Age has extended the deadline for its 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year Design Competition until Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

More than 20 competition categories are featured, including department stores, supermarkets, discounters, restaurants, convenience stores, specialty stores, service, sustainability and pop-up stores. This year, for the first time, the competition also includes the category of in-store digital innovation.

December 22, 2013

Chain Store Age's Retail Store of the Year design competition has added a new category for its 2014 awards: in-store digital innovation.

New York -- Chain Store Age's Retail Store of the Year design competition has added a new category for its 2014 awards: in-store digital innovation. Retailers, design firms, vendors and suppliers are all eligible to submit entries.

April 2, 2013

Store development and facilities professionals from some of the nation’s biggest retail and restaurant chains gathered in Dallas, Texas, to attend Chain Store Age’s 49th annual SPECS Conference, March 17-20, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

New York -- Store development and facilities professionals from some of the nation’s biggest retail and restaurant chains gathered in Dallas, Texas, to attend Chain Store Age’s 49th annual SPECS Conference, March 17-20, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.   

The show combined a premier educational program — featuring more than 30 individual workshop sessions — and dynamic keynote presentations with plenty of business networking opportunities and a lively exhibit floor.

January 8, 2013

The deadline for Chain Store Age's 31st annual Retail Store of the Year Design Competition is Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

New York -- The deadline for Chain Store Age's 31st annual Retail Store of the Year Design Competition is Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Entries may be submitted electronically (click here for entry form).

If you need a couple of extra days, please contact Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson at mwilson@lf.com.

August 3, 2012

Receive industry recognition for new store and renovation projects! The 32nd annual Chain Store Age Retail Store of the Year Awards will celebrate the best in retail and restaurant design. There are more than 20 categories, including supermarkets, department stores, discount/mass merchant, quick serve dining, pop-up stores, soft lines, hard lines, in-store shops, showrooms. and restaurants.

March 20, 2012

report released Tuesday by research firm Technomic found that sales among the 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains increased 3.4% to $242 billion in 2011.

Chicago -- A report released Tuesday by research firm Technomic found that sales among the 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains increased 3.4% to $242 billion in 2011.

That compares to just a 1.8% increase in 2010.

Of the 500 restaurants analyzed by Technomic, more than 60% posted at least nominal sales increases; just 193 saw sales declines in 2011, compared with 231 in 2010.

February 22, 2012

Don’t miss out! Register now for Chain Store’s Age’s 48th annual SPECS Conference, held March 4-7, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. The industry’s premier retail store development and facilities event, SPECS combines a targeted and comprehensive educational program with a dynamic exhibit floor. For more information and to register for the event, click here.

September 27, 2011

Twitter and Facebook aren’t just for consumer networking anymore. 


With more and more retailers and shopping centers jumping on the social media bandwagon, Chain Store Age and Cleveland-based shopping center developer Forest City Enterprises surveyed CSA’s readership to find out where retailers are trending in terms of social media engagement and communication tools.


August 16, 2011

Wal-Mart Stores reported Tuesday that profit for the quarter ended July 31 rose to $3.8 billion, up from $3.6 billion in the year-ago period.

Bentonville, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores reported Tuesday that profit for the quarter ended July 31 rose to $3.8 billion, up from $3.6 billion in the year-ago period. Overall revenue, up 5.4% to $109.37 billion, topped Wall Street’s expectations.

Yet, the world’s largest retailer is feeling the pinch from a tight economy that is slow to loosen. Wal-Mart U.S., the company's biggest unit, posted a 0.9% drop in same-store sales, the ninth consecutive quarterly drop and beneath analysts' estimates for a 0.6% fall.

August 8, 2011

By Fred Stiftel, president and CEO, Walton Management Services

July 14, 2011

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department showed that retail sales in June experienced a slight uptick of 0.1%.

Washington, D.C. — A report released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department showed that retail sales in June experienced a slight uptick of 0.1%. This comes on the heels of a 0.1% dip in May, the first time in 11 months that sales fell. 

The June resurgence was attributed to a rise in auto sales and increased spending in big chain stores. Sales excluding gasoline rebounded 0.3% after declining 0.2% in May.

Sales at general merchandise stores, which include Wal-Mart and Target, increased 0.4% on warmer weather and aggressive discounting. 

April 13, 2011

Davaco a provider of retail and restaurant services, announced that the company is partnering with their clients to execute safety audits across stores and restaurants, nationwide.

Dallas -- Davaco a provider of retail and restaurant services, announced that the company is partnering with their clients to execute safety audits across stores and restaurants, nationwide.

January 12, 2009

For the week ended Jan. 10, chain store sales fell 2.3% according to the International...

January 6, 2009

Lebhar-Friedman Inc., parent company of Chain Store Age, last month named Gary Esposito as publisher...

December 31, 2007

Marianne Wilson and Gary Esposito have assumed additional leadership responsibilities for the editorial and...

September 20, 2007

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August 30, 2007

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April 30, 2007

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July 24, 2005

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