IKEA is a furniture store chain from Sweden, and about 10% of its 424 stores are located in the U.S. These are incredibly large, high-volume stores that make IKEA the largest furniture retailer in the world.
While traveling recently in Minnesota, I had to visit one of Hy-Vee’s newer stores. The chain consists of approximately 250 stores, and the ones in Minneapolis have received high praise for delivering a superior shopping experience.
Amazon is taking showrooming to a new level by partnering with Hearst Corp.'s Good Housekeeping to open a cashierless pop-up store dubbed GH Lab, where purchases are facilitated by SmileCode mobile technology.
I don’t know if I have ever felt the energy in a downtown area as I did during a recent trip to Denver. Both Whole Foods and Kroger’s King Soopers have built stores made for the urban environment inside some of the new construction.
Talk about reinventing brick-and-mortar retail and creating an experience that shoppers will find appealing. Restoration Hardware (or RH) has now opened 17 design galleries across the U.S. and Canada that are nothing less than spectacular.