Casual Male to launch superstore concept

Canton, Mass. ( July 8, 2010 ) Casual Male Retail Group said it will open Destination XL (DXL), a new men’s superstore concept catering to the bigger and taller man. The initial DXL stores are planned to launch in Chicago, Houston, Memphis and Las Vegas this summer.

The new format will feature a wide range of clothing, shoes and products under one roof, with collections of good, better and best products merchandised by lifestyle. With a 12,000-sq.-ft. footprint, the stores will carry product assortments in a range of very broad sizes starting at XL in tops and a 42-inch waist in pants for the bigger customer and a 38 inch waist for the taller customer.

The Casual Male superstore concept was created following a six-month consumer research study conducted by L.E.K. Consulting that found that big and tall men are looking for more options in a “one-stop-shop” environment and are willing to travel longer distances for a place that caters to their specific needs.

“DXL is a new and innovative retail concept that is attuned to our customers’ needs,” says David Levin, president and CEO of CMRG. “Our target customer wants choices, value for their dollar and the convenience and unique shopping experience DXL offers. We are confident that our new lifestyle superstore concept will offer the unique shopping experience that many big and tall men have been seeking.”

The DXL superstore concept also will be supported by an all-inclusive e-commerce site, launching in 2011, which will offer the same breadth of apparel and products.

Currently, Casual Male Retail Group operates 454 Casual Male XL retail and outlet stores, as well as 19 Rochester Clothing stores.

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Make-up and marketplaces are tops for beauty and apparel shoppers.

In March, eBay came out on top for traffic to beauty and apparel retail sites while Mary Kay was No. 1 for time spent, Nielsen Online reports.

eBay was the traffic winner despite posting a 44% traffic decline. 6.5 million shoppers visited eBay Clothing, Shoes and Accessories last month, Zappos was second in line with 5.2 million visitors, a 55% increase from a year earlier.

Visitors to Mary Kay spent on average a whopping 2 hours and 23 minutes on the make-up site—far longer than Avon, which ranked No. 2 with nearly 50 minutes.

The top 10 online apparel and beauty shopping destinations in March with unique visitors in millions this year compared to a year earlier and the percent change, according to Nielsen Online were:

* eBay Clothing Shoes & Accessories, 6.57,11.64, -44%
* Zappos.com, 5.23, 3.38, 55%
* Victoria`s Secret, 4.89, 4.20, 16%
* Avon 3.94, 4.20, -6%
* Lands’ End, 3.88, 3.47, 12%
* The Gap, 3.81, 2.38, 60%
* Old Navy, 3.54, 3.36, 5%
* eBay Jewelry and Watches, 2.72, 4.81, -44%
* L.L. Bean, 2.48, 2.70, -8%
* Shoebuy.com, 2.25, 1.94, 16%

Unique visitors count only once each shopper who came to a site, no matter how many times the shopper visited. This is a custom list compiled by Internet Retailer of the top e-commerce sites in this category based on Nielsen Online data. Rankings may contain multiple web sites from the same retailer or manufacturer.

By length of visit, the top 10 apparel and beauty sites in March (hours:minutes:seconds), according to Nielsen Online, were:

* Mary Kay, 2:23:10
* Avon, 0:49:58
* Lane Bryant, 0:30:17
* Woman Within, 0:18:49
* Blair.com, 0:18:25
* OneStopPlus.com, 0:16:30
* Victoria’s Secret, 0:16:24
* Sierra Trading Post, 0:15:11
* DavidsBridal.com, 0:14:45
* eBay Clothing Shoes and Accessories, 0:14:04

The top eight consumer goods industry segments in terms of online ad impressions (in millions) in March, according to Nielsen data, were:

* Food & Beverage, 3,490.70
* Personal Care, 3,354.67
* Print Publishing, 1,159.02
* Home & Garden, 985.01
* Apparel & Jewelry, 685.80
* Automotive Supply, 417.50
* Toy & Hobby, 150.57
* Recreational Gear, 146.14

Bata plans to open 240 new outlets in 3 years

SHOE company Bata India is expanding its national footprint in tier-I and tier-II cities. The company, which is a subsidiary of Canadian shoe company Bata Shoe Organisation, on Wednesday announced it would open 40 new retail stores across the country in the first-quarter of 2009. These new stores will be based on Bata’s international format and will have an average size of 3,000 sq ft.

The new stores of Bata will be primarily located in tier-I and tier-II cities like Sonepat, Kota, Jodhpur, Ludhiana, Kakinada, Berampur, Mandya, Gangtok, Hassan, Hubli, Ahmednagar, Nasik, and others, apart from the metros. This will help Bata to offer its contemporary and trendy footwear range to potential customers in small towns. These products are currently available in Bata’s international format outlets.

Announcing this, Bata India managing director Macelo Villagran said: “Bata India has opened over 150 new large format stores since 2006 and will continue to open 60 new outlets every year. Our retail expansion plans are aimed at meeting the shoe requirements of our customers across India. We thank our customers for their continued brand loyalty, which has helped us get this recognition from the industry.”

Bata India plans to open 240 new outlets across the country over the next three years with an investment of up to Rs 480 crore. According to the company, the cost of a new outlet would typically vary between Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 2 crore. Further, the company also plans to use the surplus cash for expansion and upgradation of 60 to 80 existing outlets.

Bata is the largest footwear retailer in India with more than 1,200 stores. The company is focusing on manufacturing shoes for defence and paramilitary personnel as well as airlines and hospitals to increase institutional selling.

The Indian footwear market is pegged at roughly Rs 10,000 crore in value terms and is growing at 10% annually.

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