FGRT tracks store openings and closures for a select group of retailers in the US and, as of last week, in the UK as well.
What Is Happening this Week in the US?
Perfumania Files for Bankruptcy and Plans to Close 64 Stores
American specialty retailer Perfumania has filed for bankruptcy. It plans to close 64 of its 226 stores and privatize the company as part of its reorganization. According to the company’s announcement, it is reducing the number of retail stores to better align with current consumer shopping patterns, in order to increase investments in its e-commerce business.
Macy’s Appoints Former eBay Executive Hal Lawton as President
Macy’s has named former eBay North America SVP Hal Lawton as President, effective September 8. Lawton has a strong technology and e-ecommerce background. Prior to joining eBay, he worked at Home Depot and McKinsey & Co.
Ulta On Track to Open 100 Stores in 2017
During its earnings call, Ulta reaffirmed that it is on track to open 100 new locations in 2017. The company already opened 20 stores in the second quarter, bringing the total to 1,010 stores. Management emphasized that cannibalization of existing store sales is low, which suggests that combining the online experience with the brick-and-mortar shopping experience is important.
Estée Lauder CEO Denies the Company is in Talks for a Potential Sale or Merger
President and CEO Fabrizio Freda said that Estée Lauder Companies is not for sale, according to a Bloomberg article, reiterating that the company is strong and has excellent momentum going forward.
As of last week, we have expanded our coverage of store openings and closures to include the UK market.
Pep&Co Closed 20 Stores and Replaced them with Concessions
Fashion retailer Pep&Co closed 20 stores, or about one-third of its standalone stores, and replaced them with concessions. According to the Chief Executive Adrian Mountford, store-in-stores have been driving incremental revenue growth. The company will open 50 shop-in-shops by October, and is on track to open a total of 100 concessions in Poundland outlets this year.