New York-based Sycamore Partners has acquired a 9.9% equity interest in Talbots, the firm said Monday. The newly formed private-equity firm is headed by retail veteran Stefan Kaluzny, a former partner at Golden Gate Capital, which paid $75 million to acquire the J. Jill brand from Talbots in 2009.
The rate of hiring is increasing slightly at discount stores, grocers and restaurant chains, compared with earlier in the year, according to a study. Though hiring is still slow, the increase indicates more confidence from individual managers.
Retailers are likely to follow the lead of companies such as Wal-Mart, which is revamping its private-label brand, and Macy's, which is targeting local markets and customer segments. They also will probably reduce store sizes, packaging and expansion plans, consultants say.
When Odin New York opened in New York's East Village five years ago, the owners were filling a need for higher-end men's clothing in the neighborhood. They've since expanded with a larger store that sells more footwear, as well as a women's store and a store that constantly changes the designers and brands it features.
The fragmentation of the audience for mass media presents retailers with an opportunity to start using in-store digital media. Digital Signage Today recommends that the chief marketing officer take charge of the digital media and that it be tested for 90 days in a few distinct markets.