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New stores on way to shuttered Pier 1 sites in Charleston; Mount Pleasant restaurant closes | Retail

A pair of darkened Pier 1 Imports stores in the Charleston area will soon be reconfigured for new tenants.

Memphis, Tenn.-based AutoZone plans to renovate the former houseware chain’s location at 7643 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston while discount retailer Five Below plans to move into the former Pier 1 space in Azalea Square Shopping Center in Summerville, according to construction documents.

Plans call for the new store in North Charleston to take up 8,993 square feet in the shopping center where Outback Steakhouse operates near Northwoods Mall.



Pier 1 Imports Rivers Avenue North Charleston closed

The former Pier 1 Imports store site on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston is slated to become a retail shop for auto parts vendor AutoZone. Warren L. Wise/Staff


AutoZone has 14 stores in the Charleston area.

In Summerville, Philadelphia-based Five Below, which sells almost all items for $5 or less, plans to open a second Charleston-area location in a 10,974-square-foot shop

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Smart shopping carts on the rise as stores adapt to pandemic era

Kroger is the latest retailer to embrace automation at a time when shoppers are more thoughtful about who they come in face-to-face contact with.

Last week, the grocery store chain revealed it has partnered with artificial intelligence firm Caper to deploy computer vision-enabled shopping carts at a supermarket in Cincinnati. If the test run is successful, the retailer — it owns the Fred Meyer and QFC chains — will add connected buggies to more of its stores around the country.

Kroger now has 20 branded smart carts built to know what customers place inside. The wireless buggies can tally up your total, make recommendations and allow you to pay for groceries directly on the cart. The gadgets eliminate the need to stand in line around strangers or pass off items to a salesclerk.

For the past few years, connected shopping carts were billed as a way to cut down on

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Zara Is Closing Over 1,000 Stores to Invest in Online Shopping

Zara Is Closing Over 1,000 Stores to Invest in Online Shopping

Zara is the latest fashion brand to start closing retail stores across the globe due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has kept many shops closed since mid-March.

On June 12, the fast-fashion retailer’s parent company, Inditex, announced its plans to shut down between 1,000 and 1,200 brick-and-mortars over the next two years and divert resources into online sales strategies.

It’s not yet known exactly which Zara locations will be affected, but the closings will be “stores at the end of their useful life” and “whose sales can be recovered in nearby stores and online,” the company said their statement.

Under that plan, Inditex CEO Pablo Isla confirmed the company will “increase the online customer service teams and the dedicated packaging both from the specific online stockrooms and from the stores,” as well as offer customers “uninterrupted service wigs singapore no matter where they find themselves, on

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What will a shopping trip to H&M look like when stores reopen?

Like many non-essential retailers across England, H&M has confirmed that stores will be reopening on 15th June. 

It will be welcome news for fans of the fast fashion behemoth’s affordable, trend-led clothing, especially now that the days are getting warm enough to stock up on easy sundresses and sandals. Of course, H&M has maintained its e-commerce operation during lockdown, but there’s no substitute for browsing the store and stumbling across a treasure, magpie-like, that you didn’t know you needed.

With new Government guidelines to protect customers and staff from transmission of Covid-19 though, the shopping experience at H&M post-lockdown will look very different from the one we’ve come to know.

“There will be many restrictions in place meaning conditions will remain challenging and we are flexible and humble about the fact from one day to another, the situation may change,” H&M said in a statement announcing the new protocols.

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