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Abercrombie & Fitch Launches New Store Concept at Polaris

Walker Evans Walker Evans Abercrombie & Fitch Launches New Store Concept at Polaris

New Albany-based Abercrombie & Fitch is reinventing their look with a new store layout that opens today at Polaris Fashion Place. The new store format is the first of seven to launch this year, designed to reimagine the customer experience and showcase new clothing collections that the brand is rolling out. “It is important that […]

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Shop Talk: Bates & Brown Offers Clients an Old-Fashioned Haircut in a Modern Setting

Randi Walle Randi Walle Shop Talk: Bates & Brown Offers Clients an Old-Fashioned Haircut in a Modern Setting

Bates & Brown Barber Chair, a modernized barbershop, opened at the end of 2016. Located at 5033 Olentangy River Road in the small plaza next to Micro Center on Bethel Road, the shop offers an old-fashion haircut experience for gentlemen. Upon entering the wood-and-leather-clad building, customers realize right away this is a unique experience. From […]

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Swan Cleaners Opens New Tailoring & Alteration Center

Walker Evans Walker Evans Swan Cleaners Opens New Tailoring & Alteration Center

Columbus-based Swan Cleaners has officially opened their newest location, just south of Grandview Heights, which focuses exclusively on tailoring and alterations. The new location is housed within the Swan Cleaners Fur Vault at 1140 Dublin Rd. “Many of our customers are surprised to learn that we can help update their wardrobe with services like narrowing […]

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STUMP Opens Second Location in German Village

Walker Evans Walker Evans STUMP Opens Second Location in German Village

The first of four new businesses launching at the corner of Thurman Avenue and Jaeger Street in German Village officially opens today. Local plant shop STUMP is opening a 560 square foot expansion in the building located at 220 Thurman Avenue. “From the early stages of conceptualizing our shop, the educational component to the plant buying experience […]

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Wet Seal Closing All Stores

Walker Evans Walker Evans Wet Seal Closing All Stores

The hits keep coming for traditional mall retail stores. California-based chain Wet Seal is reported to close all 171 of its remaining stores soon, following a bankruptcy filing and 338 store closures in 2015, and the failure to find a buyer for the struggling business. Multiple national media outlets are reporting that a notice has […]

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Re:work Furnishings Expanding into Larger Location

Walker Evans Walker Evans Re:work Furnishings Expanding into Larger Location

After less than two years operating out of a 2,000 square foot workshop just south of Grandview Heights, Re:work Furnishings is making the move to a much larger 10,000 square foot space just north of Grandview Heights. Husband-and-wife duo Alex and Lindsay Remley officially announced the move today, providing details about about that the news […]

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The New Math for Mall Retailers

Chris Boring Chris Boring The New Math for Mall Retailers

"The vast majority of traditional enclosed malls will need to be reinvented as something other than monolithic, single-use properties."

Holiday retail sales results are in. All retail sales (excluding autos, gasoline, and restaurants) increased four percent in November and December 2016 versus the same period in 2015, according to the National Retail Federation. There was a 13 percent increase in online sales, continuing a long-term trend of annual double-digit increases. Sales at clothing and […]

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