Wednesday Tipsheet: Sneak Peek CityTarget Fenway | 1st Lowe’s in Winnipeg | Kroger Pres Out | Bitter Pods

Sneak Peek Inside the first CityTarget on the East Coast by Eden Shulman at The Boston Globe. “We’re tailoring the store to Fenway Park,” said Don Aldridge, the store’s general manager. As such, several original Fenway Park seats, dating back to the 1950s, are installed in the ground floor entryway.” See the pics / Read more

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Lowe’s to build its first store in Winnipeg at Winnipeg Free Press. “The document estimates the cost of constructing the building at between $15 million and $20 million. It says construction work is to get underway this year, with completion in 2016.” Read more


Best Buy rolls out mini-shops for Samsung appliances by Kavita Kumar at Star-Tribune. “The “Samsung Open House,” a roughly 20-by-20-foot area, was installed in Best Buy’s Maple Grove and Maplewood stores, as well as one in the Chicago area, in early June. It will roll out the mini-shop to about 200 more locations by the end of the year.” Read more


Amazon Launches Full Retail Operations In Mexico by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch. “The company is also launching its online selling service for Mexican businesses and sellers as well as its Fulfillment by Amazon service.” Read more


A struggling Sam’s Club refocuses on treasure hunt deals, daily values by Kim Souza at The City Wire. “During a recent tour of the Sam’s Club in Bentonville, management unveiled several new merchandising plays in the retailer’s turnaround game plan. Sam’s Club merchant teams were told to take more risks on items and to turn over the merchandise in quick fashion so that there is “more newness, more often.” Read more


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Kroger president and COO makes exit by Steve Watkins at Cincinnati Business Courier. “Kroger Co. president Michael Ellis has retired, effective immediately. Ellis, who is 57, became president and COO in January 2014. That’s when Rodney McMullen vacated those roles to become CEO after David Dillon retired.” Read more


Controversial WinCo store opens in Surprise, AZ by Garrett Mitchell at The Arizona Republic. “After two years of legal hurdles and local resistance, the seventh Arizona WinCo supermarket has finally opened its doors in Surprise. But the legal battle is ongoing, with one attorney for a competing store saying WinCo could close its doors if it loses one of the four lawsuits the store faces.” Read more


Macy’s urged to drop Donald Trump after anti-immigrant comments by Teresa Novellino at New York Business Journal. “Macy’s carries a Trump menswear line that includes business apparel and accessories, and the department store chain has also featured Trump and other celebrity merchandising partners in TV commercials.” Read more


Loblaw workers appear headed for strike in coming days by Ahmad Hathout at Globe & Mail. “On Monday, Locals 175 and 633, representing 14,000 employees, set a strike deadline of July 2 at 12:01 a.m.” Read more


Wal-Mart works to correct ‘Made In USA’ label problem by Kim Souza at The City Wire. Read more


RadioShack is back, the retailer proclaims by Krystina Gustafson at CNBC. “Even as details of the brand’s future are being hashed out, it has launched a marketing campaign to let shoppers know that it’s still in business. By using the hashtag #RadioShackisBack, the firm is posting to itsTwitter and Facebook accounts its products, deals—and endorsements by celebrities Carlos Mencia and Orlando Jones.” Read more


P&G adds bitter taste to make Tide Pods safer by Alexander Coolidge at Read more


CEO Lundgren: ‘I was the obstacle’ to Macy’s discount concept by Andy Brownfield at Cincinnati Business Courier. “I think, frankly, I was the obstacle in the way here because I didn’t really want this business. I thought we could do enough of this ourselves,” Lundgren said.” Read more


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