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• Macy's announced yesterday that it will acquire Bluemercury, a stand-alone beauty and spa chain, for $210 million. The New York Times reports that "Bluemercury operates 60 stores in 18 states and has a growing e-commerce business. Macy’s, which also owns the Bloomingdale’s chain of department stores, said it also planned to bring some Bluemercury boutiques and products to some department store locations."


• Unified Grocers announced yesterday that Rudy and Debbie Dory and their daughter Lauren Johnson — owners of Newport Avenue Market in Bend, Oregon — are this year's recipients of the 2015 "Ben Schwartz Retail Grocery Visionary Award." The award is given to "an independent retail grocer or grocery company that is a leader and innovator in the retail grocery industry. The award recognizes retailers who, by their practice and example, have consistently demonstrated initiative, creativity and leadership within their businesses and, in the process, have inspired others to think and act creatively and with passion in the grocery field."

Congrats to Rudy, Debbie and Lauren ... and I am happy to say here that Newport Avenue Market is the impetus behind rule # 19 in my book, "Retailing Rules: 52 Ways To Achieve Retail Success." So I'm not surprised....
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