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MidWest Gloves & Gear introduces ‘Ninja Turtles’-themed products

BY Ryan Chavis

ST. LOUIS — MidWest Gloves & Gear — a manufacturer of garden accessories, lawn and garden footwear, boots and rainwear — has introduced a licensed line of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" garden gloves and accessories. The MidWest Ninja Turtles Garden Gloves and Gear lineup includes Gripping and Jersey Garden Gloves, Bucket Hat, Watering Can, Garden Bucket, Kneeling Pad and Garden Trowel and Cultivator.    

"We are very proud to be the exclusive licensee for Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Garden Gloves and Gear products, and are being applauded by the buyer interest and excitement for these great fun products for kids," Stephen J. Franke, president of MidWest Quality Gloves, said.

The Ninja Turtle-themed products feature the distinctive, recognizable graphics that have inspired fans for generations, the company said, adding that the colorful products are great for boys from ages 4 to 10 years.

 

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TargetExpress format is in the works

BY Marianne Wilson

NEW YORK — Target Corp. has signed a lease to open a 20,000-sq.-ft. location in Minneapolis that will serve as a test of a new format called TargetExpress, the New York Times reported. The new unit, considerably smaller than CityTarget’s 80,000- to 125,000-sq.-ft. footprint, would be the chain’s smallest store to date.

The test store will be located in the base of an apartment building currently under construction near the University of Minnesota campus, the report said. It is scheduled to open in late summer, with grocery items, health and beauty products, a pharmacy and an edited assortment of basic clothing, home decor and electronics.

 

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Albertsons to shutter 26 locations

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons has confirmed that it plans to shutter 26 locations.

“This is part of our typical review cycle, and after reviewing store performance, we determined that these stores could not be positioned for future profitability, with the exception of the two stores in Acme that were closed for underperformance. The two Acme stores were closed because the leases are expiring,” the company said in a statement sent to Drug Store News.

The closures include 22 locations that are part of Albertson’s LLC, as well as two Acme and two Shaw’s locations that are part of New Albertsons Inc. Albertsons LLC and New Albertsons Inc. are part of AB Acquisition.

 

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