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What If Woolworth Came Back

July 30th, 2016 · 4 Comments

The closure of many Kmart stores, and the potential for the shutting down of the entire chain, reminded me of F. W. Woolworth, better known as Woolworth’s. At the time of their closure in 1997, they had many long-term leases and at well below market rates. For thus reason alone, they had an incredible value. […]

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Tags: Retail

Kmart Tries Again With Blue Light

January 16th, 2016 · 3 Comments

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Kmart, a unit of Sears Holdings, has struggled for the last two decades. In the last two years, management has tried to give the brand focus, all the while suffering from old stores and less viable locations. This month, more bad news came as more store closings are announced and Christmas […]

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Tags: News · Retail

Nice New Store Brand at Walgreens

December 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments


DEERFIELD, IL – Walgreens has a nifty new store brand for store-branded groceries. It’s called Nice, and it tries to take a snazzy approach to the basics, including coffee, rice and the like. Notice it’s “TM” rather than “R” on the packages. Interesting choice of a very generic word for products. Do you like Nice? […]

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Tags: Private Label · Retail

The Season for GE Xmas Tree Lights

December 7th, 2010 · No Comments

For those who like a traditional looking Christmas, there is no substitute to light from incandescent C-7 and C-9 light bulb, and no name more synonymous with Christmas lights than General Electric. One can make the case that the outdoor Christmas light has been one of the greater (and most surreptitious) of methods of evangelism […]

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Tags: Retail

Mello Yello Goes Back to Irvington, Virginia, 1979

June 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Part of the reason I love brands is because I studied them at the Irvington Country Store. When I was 15, in 1979, my father bought a country store in Irvington, Virginia on the Northern Neck. It was a cool country store, and he did the right things with it, including bringing in deli sandwiches […]

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Tags: News · Regional Brands · Retail

Local Brands: Lamson Brothers, Toledo, Ohio

May 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

TOLEDO – In a box of fabric, we found a little label for a dress store called Lamson Brothers. Every town used to have a Lamson Brothers, a stylish local department store that not only sold national labels, but stitched a few of its own labels into wholesale garments to give turn the retail shop […]

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Tags: Retail

How Sears Does Social Media

February 18th, 2010 · No Comments

HOFFMAN ESTATES – As the most iconic and historic retailer in the U.S. and owner of some of America’s greatest brands, Sears, Roebuck & Co. made a major jump into social media with the launch of last spring. It now has 1.9 million monthly unique visits; (the site has about 19 million). Thin-skinned […]

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Tags: Department Stores · Retail

Fight Over Woolworth Legacy In U.K.; Brand Forgotten In U.S.

January 12th, 2010 · No Comments

In the UK, companies are fighting over the legacy of Woolworth’s, which was thought to be dead. Not only has the name brand Woolworth’s been purchased by the British online retailer Shop Direct, but a number of companies have purchased individual stores and redone the Woolworth’s concept, with a slightly modified name. In Dorchester England […]

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Tags: Department Stores · Retail

Note to Sears: Nobody Needs More Stuff

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois – Sears Holdings (SHLD) announces earnings today; turns out their second-quarter loss is $94 million, or 79 cents a share, with revenue falling to $10.55 billion from $11.76 billion. I could have guessed it going into their Westfield Sarasota Square store. On our visit, the clerks were friendly. The store maintenance and […]

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Tags: Retail

What a Shortened Name Says About a Brand

August 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Two name changes-or more correctly, modifications-have received attention in the media and branding worlds recently. Pizza Hut has announced that its boxes and select locations will carry the name “The Hut,” and RadioShack plans to unveil new creative for “The Shack,” its shorter, catchier moniker. These name shortenings are proof of what professional namers already […]

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Tags: Advertising · Electronics · Retail