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    Steve Manning

    Steve Manning is a journalist based in Idaho. When he's not writing, he can usually be found at the theater or taking his dog on a hike. If he could only go to one restaurant for the rest of his life, it would be Al's Place in San Francisco.
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    How T-Mobile, Canadian Tire, and Dutch Bros are Tackling Store Development Challenges

    Costs are up, real estate availability is down, materials are in short supply, permitting offices are understaffed, labor is fickle, customers remain wary about in-person shopping: the state of store development could be better, in short, but it...

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    Retail Experts Debate the Future of Physical Stores

    As the fog of the last few years fades away, retail brands are finally beginning to glimpse an outline of the industry’s future. What they see is a familiar landscape evolving in several directions at once: a little more curbside pickup here, a few...

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    How Retailers Are Coping with Construction and Labor Woes

    After T-Mobile finalized its acquisition of Sprint in the spring of 2020, it converted 5,800 Sprint retail stores that summer. It was an impressive undertaking—especially given certain world-changing events occurring at the same time—and it was only...

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    Inside the Rapid Growth of Dutch Bros

    As the retail industry experienced shuttered stores, tanked sales, and hobbled development plans, in March 2020, Dutch Bros found itself in a rather inconvenient position. Just two weeks before lockdowns began, the Oregon-based drive-through coffee...

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    How Prioritizing Diversity Benefits Store Development

    If there are any silver linings to the massive social upheaval of the last few years, one is undoubtedly the renewed focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives across the American corporate landscape. These efforts have yielded...

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    Why Aren’t Retailers Embracing the Neighborhood?

    A recent McKinsey study of 500 CEOs and 5,043 employees confirmed what we all know by now: hybrid models will define the future of work. 

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