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• Publix Super Markets announced that Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will be home to the sixth announced location for its new-format GreenWise Market, which it describes as “a specialty, natural and organic store where customers can find everything from products that support their healthful lifestyle to indulgent, unique treats for their inner foodie.”

The company’s first GreenWise Market opened in Tallahassee, Florida, in October. The other announced locations are Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Lakeland, Fla.; Boca Raton, Fla.; and Marietta, Ga. The Mount Pleasant, Lakeland and Boca Raton stores are expected to open in 2019. No opening date for Fort Lauderdale has been set.

USA Today reports this morning that while many stores will open for business at some point on Thanksgiving, hoping to get a jump on the start to the holiday shopping season, “ a growing number of retailers have made the decision to remain closed Thanksgiving.”

Among the stores closed on Thanksgiving: Ace Hardware, Allen Edmonds, Barnes & Noble, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bloomingdale’s, Bob's Discount Furniture, Costco, Crate & Barrel, H&M, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, HomeGoods, Ikea, Lowe’s, Marshalls, Menards, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Office Depot and OfficeMax, P.C. Richard & Son, Patagonia, Pep Boys, Petco, PetSmart, Publix, REI (which will remain closed on Black Friday, urging its customers to go for a hike rather than engage in crass consumerism), Saks Fifth Avenue, Sam’s Club, Staples, Stein Mart, Sur La Table, The Container Store, and Trader Joe’s.

• The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that Gap Inc. is exploring whether to close hundreds of under-performing stores that do not fit the company’s strategic plans.

Gap currently has some 800 stores in North America.

“We have had a lot of stores that are in the bottom half of the fleet that have continued to deteriorate over time, and it’s my strong belief that we’ve kicked the can down the road on this and offered a deteriorating customer experience and it does have a negative effect on the health of the brand,” CEO Art Peck tells the Journal.
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