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Austin Natural Pet Food Company Moves to Become a National Brand

In less than four years, Austin-based Nulo has grown from premium pet food startup to a regional brand available at Texas Whole Foods Markets and some other retailers.


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Retail Sales Growth Slows

Texas Business reports: Retail sales signaled continued growth in February, albeit at a slower pace, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index remained in positive territory but plunged from 20.7 to 5, its lowest reading in seven months. Inventories rose at a slower pace than in January. 

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Retail Sales Growth Picks Up

Texas Business reports: Retail sales climbed again in January, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. Thesales index rose from 17.4 to 20.7, signaling stronger growth. Inventories rose at a slower pace than in December. 

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Comptroller Distributes $655 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Business reports: The Texas Comptroller's Office announced today state sales tax revenue in October was $2.14 billion, up 5.4 percent compared to October 2012. 

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Novelty of Eco-Friendly Bamboo Garments Lures Consumers -- If the Price Is Right | wac_txbz,
Novelty of Eco-Friendly Bamboo Garments Lures Consumers -- If the Price Is Right

Texas Business reports:  WACO—Consumers who plan to buy eco-friendly bamboo apparel are attracted if the price is right, but their next consideration is the novelty of the product, according to a new study by Baylor University researchers. 

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Texa Retail Sales Rebound

Texas Business reports: Retail sales improved notably in July, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index jumped back into positive territory to 12.6, its highest reading since January. Inventories increased. 

 
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Texas Comptroller's Office Distributes $578 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Business reports: The Texas Comptroller's office said that state sales tax revenue in June was $2.17 billion, up 9.1 percent compared to June 2012. 

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Texas Retail Sales Decline

Texas Business reports: Perceptions of broader economic conditions continued to reflect optimism in June. The general business activity index rose slightly from 1.3 to 4.8. The company outlook index dipped from 6.2 to 4.3, with 18 percent of respondents noting an improved company outlook over the prior month, compared with 14 percent reporting their outlook had worsened. 

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Texas to Give $864,000 to Kohl’s Department Stores

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Texas will give $864,000 to Kohl's Department Stores, which is opening a customer service operations center in Dallas. 

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Retail Sales Rebound

Texas Business reports: Retail sales improved notably in May, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index climbed back into positive territory, gaining 16 points to reach 11.6. Inventories were largely unchanged. 

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Piñata Shop Thrives in a Changing East Austin | aust_txbz, Isaias Hernandez,
Piñata Shop Thrives in a Changing East Austin

AUSTIN — East Austin is changing, but Isaias Hernandez isn’t complaining. The native of Guadalajara, Mexico, found a successful career selling piñatas in the traditionally Hispanic neighborhood. But as East Austin has become a hot venue for affluent young residents and trendy businesses that have displaced many Hispanics, Hernandez’ shop is benefiting from the boom.


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By Hannah B. Shea for Reporting Texas

Texas Retail Sales Rise

Texas Business reports: Retail sales posted their seventh consecutive month of growth in February, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index was positive but edged down from 14.8 to 12.4, suggesting growth slowed slightly. Inventories rose. 

 
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Cabela’s To Build Waco Outpost Store | wac_txbz, Cabela,
Cabela’s To Build Waco Outpost Store

Texas Business reports:  WACO—Nebraska’s Cabela’s Incorporated plans to open a 42,000-square-foot Cabela’s Outpost store in Waco, Texas.


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DFW International Airport Board Approves New Concessions Opportunities For Terminals B and E | dal_ftw_txbz, DFW Airport, concessions,
DFW International Airport Board Approves New Concessions Opportunities For Terminals B and E

Texas Business reports: DFW AIRPORT—The DFW International Airport (DFW) Board of Directors approved seven recommendations for concessions packages, culminating the latest competitive process for the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Terminals B and E Part II. 

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Helen of Troy Limited Plans To Build $37 Million Distribution Center

Texas Business reports: EL PASO—Helen of Troy Limited, designer, developer and marketer of brand-name household, personal care and healthcare/home environment consumer products, plans to build a 1.3 million-square-foot distribution center in Olive Branch, Mississippi. 

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7-Eleven Buys 143 New Locations in South Texas from C. L. Thomas

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—7-Eleven Inc.. continues its expansion in Texas with the acquisition of 143 Speedy Stop and Tigermarket retail locations from C. L. Thomas Inc. of Victoria, Texas. 

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S&P Wins $9.2 Million Abilene Sam’s Club Contract   | market retail,
S&P Wins $9.2 Million Abilene Sam’s Club Contract

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Walmart awarded a $9.2 million contract to Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. to build a new Sam’s Club in Abilene, Texas.

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Comfortable Clothes and Charity Work | wac_txbz, Kaya Reeves, Congress Clothing, Joel Peel, John Peel, Christin Peel, Genevieve Peel,
Comfortable Clothes and Charity Work

Congress Clothing provides comfortable clothes and donates to charities at the same time. The store at 1218 Speight Avenue in Waco offers graphic tees of their own designs in addition to items from some popular brands. They donate a portion of their income to a different charity every two months.


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Texas Retail Sales Growth Slows

Texas Business reports: Retail sales increased at a significantly slower pace in October, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index fell from 22.3 to 11.3. Inventories rose. 

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September Inflation Rates Released by Dallas Fed

Texas Business reports: The trimmed mean PCE inflation rate for September was an annualized 1.9 percent. According to the BEA, the overall PCE inflation rate for September was 4.7 percent, annualized, while the inflation rate for PCE excluding food and energy was 1.4 percent.


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7-Eleven To Buy TETCO Assets   | dal_ftw_txbz, aust_txbz, sanant_txbz,Tetco,7-Eleven,
7-Eleven To Buy TETCO Assets

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—7-Eleven Inc. agreed to acquire the retail and wholesale assets of San Antonio-based TETCO Inc. 

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FW International Airport Board Approves New Concessions Outlets For 26 Locations in Terminals B & E

Texas Business reports: DFW AIRPORT—The DFW International Airport board of directors approved 14 concessions packages.

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Eight Decades of Flowers | wac_txbz, Krista Pirtle, Reeds Flowers, Harry Reed,

Reed's Flowers.
Eight Decades of Flowers

Texas Business reports: If you forget your sister on her birthday, you get a disappointed phone call. If you forget your anniversary, your spouse might send you to the couch, or the doghouse, for a night or two. If you forget your mom on Mother’s Day, well, that is just something you do not want to do. 

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Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies to Open New Store in San Marcos

Texas Business reports:  SAN MARCOS—Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies (Leslie's), opened a store in San Marcos, Texas.

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Hudson Group Joint Ventures Win Retail, Food Concessions at Dallas Love Field

Texas Business reports:  EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.— Two joint ventures led by travel retailer Hudson Group won the bid process to provide both retail and food services in the newly renovated Dallas Love Field Airport. 

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Sales Tax Revenue Up Significantly From Last Year
Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN--Texas state sales tax revenue in March was $1.87 billion, up 16.9 percent compared to March 2011. 
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RadioShack Expands Into Southeast Asia With Berjaya Master Agreement

Texas Business reports:  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, and FORT WORTH, Texas—RadioShack Corp., a national retailer of mobile and technology products, services and accessories, and Berjaya Retail Berhad, a Malaysian retail group with diverse franchised brands, have signed a master development agreement that substantially expands RadioShack's global footprint across 10 Southeast Asian countries.

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Robert Graham to Open New Retail Store at the Galleria in Houston

Texas Business reports:  NEW YORK—Robert Graham signed a new lease agreement to open a branded retail store showcasing the full Robert Graham collection in the Galleria shopping center in Houston.


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Books And Books

What used to be clean, white tile floors are now a smooth and deep shade of brown.  The change in color has  occurred gradually over the past 33 years as customers weeve between the high shelves of Golden’s Book Exchange.  Located at the end of a strip mall, Golden’s Book Exchange is one of two used bookstores in Waco, Texas. Started in 1978 by Donna Carroll, Golden’s has managed to survive the intrusion of large retail bookstores and other competitors over the years in a mid-sized market like Waco.


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Padgitt's: From Saddles To Electronics

Padgitt’s has gone form selling saddles and harnesses to selling top of the line photographic electronic and communication technology. They are also the oldest continually operating business in Waco, Texas.

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Hastings Entertainment to Host Midnight Release Parties for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Texas Business reports:  AMARILLO—Hastings Entertainment Inc., a multimedia entertainment superstore retailer, plans chain-wide Midnight release parties for the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and the video game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


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Finding the Perfect Fit: Baylor University's Apparel Program Explores Body Scanners as Tools for Designing Fashions and Protective Clothing
Texas Business reports:  By merely stepping into a darkened booth, gripping a couple of handles and pushing a "trigger" with your thumb, you one day may be able to virtually try on garments and find the perfect fit -- all without a glance in a mirror or a second opinion from a shopping companion. Full Story »
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Golfsmith Announces First Retail Operations in South Korea

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Golfsmith International Inc., the largest golf specialty retailer in the U.S., plans to introduce its first retail operations outside the U.S., in South Korea, the fastest growing golf market in the world.


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7-Eleven To Acquire 51 ExxonMobil North Texas Locations   | dal_ftw_txbz, 7-Eleven, ExxonMobil, convenience store,
7-Eleven To Acquire 51 ExxonMobil North Texas Locations

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—7-Eleven Inc. agreed to acquire ExxonMobil's retail interests in 51 North Texas sites.


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The Kiley Group Completes Acquisition of Buff Water; Distribution to Over 300 Retailers Nationwide

Texas Business reports:  CARROLLTON—The Kiley Group Inc. acquired the fitness water company, Buff Water Inc.


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Forecast: Tough times ahead for daily deal sites  | hou_txbz, Rice University, Texas Business,daily deal, Utpal Dholakia, Groupon, LivingSocial, OpenTable, Travelzoo, BuyWithMe, promotions, U.S. markets, structural weakness,  Yellow Pages,
Forecast: Tough times ahead for daily deal sites

Texas Business reports:  Over the next few years, it is likely that daily deal sites will have to settle for lower shares of revenues from businesses compared with their current levels, and it will be harder and more expensive for them to find viable candidates to fill their pipelines of daily deals, according to Rice University associate professor of management Utpal Dholakia.


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Texas Owner of Cash Rewards Inc., Accused of $7 Million Fraud   | Coppell, CRI, Cash Rewards, David Maloy, Neil H. MacBried, James W. McJunkin, FBI, Marla B. Tusk, scam, advertising tool,
Texas Owner of Cash Rewards Inc., Accused of $7 Million Fraud

Texas Business reports:  ALEXANDRIA, VA—A federal grand jury late yesterday indicted David Maloy, 57, of Coppell, Texas, for his involvement in a fraud scheme that caused more than $7 million in losses.


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Michaels Secures U.S. Stores : Retailer offers additional details in PIN pad tampering investigation  | Michaels, PIN Pad, PIN pad tampering, dal_ftw_txbz, Irving, Secret Service,
Michaels Secures U.S. Stores : Retailer offers additional details in PIN pad tampering investigation

Texas Business reports: Irving—Michaels has removed the PIN pad tampering threat from its U.S. stores and believes it has identified the time frame that customer information was exposed.


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Rice University: Daily deal promotions beneficial for certain kinds of startups | hou_txbz, Groupon, Rice University, daily deal, promotion, Gourmet Prep Meals, GPM, Utpal Dholakia,
Rice University: Daily deal promotions beneficial for certain kinds of startups

Texas Business reports:  In the first-of-its-kind analysis of Groupon's impact on a startup company, a new Rice University study found that the daily deal promotion was beneficial even though it had no material impact on the company's profits when unredeemed Groupons were not accounted for. When those unredeemed Groupons were factored in, the company had a substantial 30 percent increase in profits.


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James Avery Opens 60th Store | aust_txbz, Kerrville, Cedar Park, James Avery, Hill Country, Texas Hill Country, Chris Avery, artisans, design studio,
James Avery Opens 60th Store

Texas Business reports:  James Avery, a family-owned jewelry retailer, opened a store in Cedar Park, a suburb north of Austin.


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Ontility Opens New Distribution Center and Retail Store in Houston  | hou_txbz, ontility, solar panel, GE EV, electric, solar attic fan, distribution center, solar module,
Ontility Opens New Distribution Center and Retail Store in Houston

Texas Business reports:  Houston—Ontility plans to open one of the largest solar products distribution centers in the solar industry next month.


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Retailing Studies To Honor “Visionary Merchant” Wednesday | colsta_bry_txbz, TAMU, Castro-Wright, Eduardo Castro-Wright, M.B. Zale,

Eduardo Castro-Wright
Retailing Studies To Honor “Visionary Merchant” Wednesday

Texas Business reports:  College Station—Texas A&M University’s Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School will present the 2011 Visionary Merchant Award to Eduardo Castro-Wright, vice chairman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.  


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EcoBox Grow From Car Trunk To Four-Store Chain | aust_txbz, EcoBox, box, environmentally responsible, green company, Dale Malone, Christi Smith, Stephanie Garcia,
EcoBox Grow From Car Trunk To Four-Store Chain

EcoBox, an Austin box-supply company that started in the trunk of a Volkswagen sedan in 1994, has outpaced its big-business competitors by selling used, durable boxes at cheap prices while offering customers a chance to be environmentally responsible.

That and a dash of new technology has allowed EcoBox to grow to a four-store chain that grossed over $4.5 million in 2009.

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By Stephannie Garcia of Reporting Texas

Imperial Sports Auctions To Auction Lou Gehrig Autograph, Other Baseball Memorabilia | Helotes, Lou Gehrig, Henry Gehrig, Ty Cobb, New York Yankees, Wally Pipp, Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Jackie Robinson, Jimmie Foxx,sanant_txbz,
Imperial Sports Auctions To Auction Lou Gehrig Autograph, Other Baseball Memorabilia

Texas Business reports:  Helotes—A Texas firm is about to offer a 1917 Lou Gehrig autograph for sale.  


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Haggar Buys Certain Neema Clothing Assets | dal_ftw_txbz, Haggar, Neema, Bert Pulitzer, men's clothing, Jon Ragsdale, Paul Buxbaum,
Haggar Buys Certain Neema Clothing Assets

Texas Business reports: Dallas—Haggar Clothing Co., maker of Haggar branded casual and dress apparel for men, bought certain assets of Neema Clothing Ltd.


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Spenco Medical Launches New Products In Sandal Line | Spenco Medical, wac_txbz, Yumi, Fusion, Kholo, Ryan Cruthirds,
Spenco Medical Launches New Products In Sandal Line

Texas Business reports:  Waco’s Spenco Medical, an independently held manufacturer of footcare and healthcare products, launched several new products in its Total Support Sandal line. 

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Plano's JCPenney Streamling Operations, Cutting Catalog | dal_ftw_txbz, J.C. Penney, JCPenney, call center, Myron Ullman,
Plano's JCPenney Streamling Operations, Cutting Catalog

Texas Business reports:  It’s been a awhile since the heyday of the J.C. Penney’s Fox, but the Plano company is cutting its catalog and closing some stores that dates back before the era of online retailing.


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Research Partnership Gives McCombs School of Business Faculty Access to Valuable Retail Data | McCombs School, UT, aust_txbz,
Research Partnership Gives McCombs School of Business Faculty Access to Valuable Retail Data
Texas Business reports:  Two research centers at The University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business have formed a partnership with the Center for Advancing Retail Technologies (CART), which will provide access to data about retail technologies, consumer behaviors and other areas of study to faculty and students for research purposes. Full Story »
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Cowboy boots: A Certain Swagger
Texas Business notes this story by the Economist:  FOR his 16th birthday, Blake Kobelan’s father gave him a pair of cowboy boots from Texas Traditions, one of America’s most renowned custom bootmakers. On a sunny December morning in Austin, after nearly four years on the waiting list, the time had come to make some styling decisions. Full Story »

Half Price Books launches its own online shopping website
Texas Business notes this story by Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News:  While the digital revolution has turned the book business on its head, Dallas-based Half Price Books has thrived by moving at its own deliberate pace. Full Story »

Bryan-College Station mixed about sales
Texas Business notes this story by Vimal Patel of The Eagle:  Local retailers and shoppers had mixed thoughts about the economic recovery on Sunday, the day after Christmas, which is overshadowed only by the consumer spectacle of the day following Thanksgiving. Full Story »

New Adventures In La Grange
Texas Business notes this story by Nola McKey of Texas Highways:  On long trips, I like to break up the drive by exploring a small town along the way. Full Story »

Three Ashley stores in Texas close temporarily
Texas Business notes this story by the San Angelo Standard-Times:  Three Texas Ashley Furniture HomeStores in Abilene, San Angelo and Wichita Falls have closed their doors temporarily, citing shipping difficulty, Full Story »

Dell Services Signs Five-Year Contract With The Carlyle Group  | aust_txbz, dell, carlyle group, Peoplesoft, Hyperion Performance,
Dell Services Signs Five-Year Contract With The Carlyle Group

Texas Business reports:  Dell Services signed a five-year contract with global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group to provide hosting and support for Oracle(R) PeopleSoft Enterprise and Hyperion Performance Management applications. 

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Texas furniture retailer Lack's Stores to shut down
Texas Business notes the following story by Clint Engel of Furniture Today:  VICTORIA, Texas — Lack's Stores plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and close its remaining 36 Texas stores, apparently the victim of a lending squeeze. Full Story »

Corsicana Alcohol sting nabs three clerks
Texas Business notes this story by the Corsicana Daily Sun:  A joint operation by the Corsicana Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission conducted Friday night found most Corsicana retailers will not sell alcohol to minors. Full Story »

Westlake’s Animal Health International Acquires Sales Staff, Assets of Bankrupt Omaha Firm
Texas Business reports:  WESTLAKE—Animal Health International Inc., a leading distributor of animal health products in the United States and Canad, announded the company hired 23 sales personnel from Professional Veterinary Products Ltd. and opened a customer sales and service center in Omaha, Nebraska. Full Story »
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The latest shopping trend? Pairing items
Texas Business notes this story by Marcella S. Kreiter of UPI:  Ever wonder why bananas have started showing up in the cereal aisle, or why soft drinks are stacked across from the chips? Full Story »

James Avery Opens New Location at Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge | aust_txbz, sanant_txbz
James Avery Opens New Location at Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge

Texas Business reports:  Kerrville—James Avery, a family-owned jewelry retailer, announced today the opening of a new store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

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What's In A Name?
Texas Business recommends this discussion by Daniel Hamermesh, a professor at the University of Texas, on the power of a name in marketing.  Full Story »

Plano’s PFSweb Reaches eCommerce Solution Deal for Leading Action Sports Brand

Texas Business reports:  Plano’s PFSweb Inc., an international provider of end-to-end eCommerce software vendor for leading online retailers and manufacturers, announced today an agreement with Volcom Inc. , a designer, marketer and distributor of young men's and young women's clothing, accessories and related products, to develop and support Volcom's online eCommerce initiative, which launched yesterday.

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Abilene Furniture Store To Close
Texas Business notes this story in the Abilene Reporter News:  Come the end of the year, Abilene shoppers will have one less local furniture store to supply their needs for sofas, dining room sets and other home furnishings. Full Story »

J.C. Penney's August sales come in better than expected
Texas Business notes this story by Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News:  J.C. Penney Co. beat analyst forecasts for August sales and posted a 2.3 percent increase with strongest results from men’s and children’s apparel. Full Story »

Dollar Tree opens in Portland
Texas Business notes this story by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times:   The only dollar store in Portland dedicated to $1 items now is open. Full Story »

Hastings Relocates Entertainment Superstore in Killeen

Texas Business reports:   Amarillo’s Hastings Entertainment Inc., a leading multimedia entertainment retailer, announced today it will open its 34,000-square-foot relocated Killeen store Friday.  

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Heelys IBrings Nano To Market

Texas Business reports:  In an attempt to recapture its earlier success and broaden its market, Carrolton-based Heelys Inc. announces that its all-new Nano is now available for sale at Zappos.com and online. 

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Texas' proposal to sell OU license plates stirs up passions on both sides

Texas Business recommends this story by Melanie Mason of the Dallas Morning News:  Add another piece of disputed turf to the Texas vs. Oklahoma rivalry.

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Saks to close Shops at Willow Bend store on Saturday
Texas Business notes this story by Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News:  Saks Inc. said Tuesday that it will close its Saks Fifth Avenue store in the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano on Saturday. Full Story »

Could Walmart Be the Key to Mainstream Sustainability?
TexasBusiness.com notes this story by McCombs Today: Anyone who has ever balked at the sometimes dizzying price of recycled paper or organic yogurt may be skeptical, but Walmart—a company that has long planted its roots in bargain prices and mass markets—is trying to change that. Full Story »

Legacy Books will begin its next chapter as A Real Bookstore in Fairview

TexasBusiness.com notes this story by Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News:  North Texas' largest independent bookstore is moving from Plano to Fairview.

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Waco-area lighting and energy company changes hands

TexasBusiness.com notes this story by Bill Teeter of the Waco Tribune-Herald: A McLennan County company specializing in energy-efficient lighting for businesses has changed hands.

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Waco's Miller family celebrates 100-year-old car business
TexasBusiness.com recommends this story by Bill Teeter of the Waco Tribune-Herald: Bill Miller’s family business is still rolling after 100 years. Bill Miller Used Cars is the continuation of a family enterprise that started with mule and wagon sales at 113 Washington Ave. in 1910. Full Story »

Fossil's 2Q profit soars 230 percent
TexasBusiness.com notes the following story by Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News: Fossil Inc.’s second-quarter profit tripled on the strength of its core watch business as retailers replenished stores and consumers worldwide are buying watches again. Full Story »

Burleson Old Town Winery
TexasBusiness.com notes:  The Burleson Star runs this story on two sisters opening a wine shop. Full Story »

Container Store, Whole Foods aim for conscious capitalism
TexasBusiness.com notes this story by Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News: The first couple of times Rob Holmes met with Kip Tindell about putting the Container Store on the market in 2007 he couldn't get away fast enough from the co-founder of the chain of 50 organization stores.  Full Story »

J.C. Penney sales falter ahead of crucial back-to-school season

TexasBusiness.com notes:  Plano-based J.C. Penney Co. missed its July sales forecast. The company said Thursday that sales started out strong over the Fourth of July weekend, but softened as the month progressed just as the retailer heads into its key back-to-school season, reports Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News. 

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Less Than Two Years After It Opened, It's Time To Close the Book on Indie Legacy Books
TexasBusiness.com recommends:  Kyle Hall, who handles marketing and promotions for Legacy Books up in Plano, hadn't taken a vacation since the mammoth indie bookseller opened its doors in November 2008. He was ready for his very first on July 25 when, the night before, he got a call from Teri Tanner, who manages and operates the store, reports Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Observer. Full Story »

Lacks store relocating from Bellmead to Waco
The Lacks furniture store that anchors a shopping center in Bellmead will relocate to the vacant Goody’s building at Franklin Avenue and New Road in Waco, reports the Waco Tribune-Herald.  Full Story »

Waco Ross Store Accepts Pesos; Customers’ Reactions Mixed

TexasBusiness.com notes: The Waco Ross Dress for Less Store has been accepting pesos in payment for clothes, accessories, decorations and more and customers' reactions are mixed. Some said Wednesday they’re concerned the dollar could be devalued if the practice spreads to other businesses, reports Megan Fleetwood of KWTX. 

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Dinette Designs & Barstools
 Back in 1980 when Darla Schwartz was working in retail furniture sales, she realized that many homes were built with counters used for dining. Therefore, there was a need for counter-height barstools, reports Gail M. Williams for the Odessa American.  Full Story »

Collectibles has delivered unique items for 31 years
 Gabi Graham walks playfully up to the circular counter in the middle of the Collectibles on the East Side. Customer Rita Montalvo is leaning patiently, waiting for the staff to find a purse she put on layaway. "Want some chocolate-covered apricots?" Graham asks in a singsong voice, reports Doug Pullen of the El Paso Times.  Full Story »

Petland in Austin closes as city steps up scrutiny of pet stores
 AUSTIN – For the first time in two years, Jeanne O'Neil left her picket sign at home Saturday.  Instead of protesting near the local Petland store, she and other demonstrators are celebrating, reports Erin Mulvaney of the Dallas Morning News.

 

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El Paso Flea Market Operators Angry At City Proposal
 Several flea market vendors and operators are upset at city Rep. Susie Byrd because they think she wants to shut them down by proposing new regulations. Byrd said that is not so and it is not her intent to close down flea markets, reports Raymon Bracamontes of the El Paso Times.  Full Story »

Old West collectibles are rounding up top prices
TexasBusiness.com notes the following feature by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's David Casstevens:  DENTON -- Among the thousands of rare and vintage items for sale at the Western Heritage Gallery are the full-body preserved remains of an American buffalo. The shaggy beast is no doubt a conversation piece. But who would pay $7000.  Full Story »

Walmart to build Supercenter on Silber
 Walmart has confirmed it will build a Walmart Supercenter on a site on Silber just north of I-10. Construction on the long-rumored store should start within 60 days, according to Walmart spokesman Daniel Morales, with an anticipated opening of Fall 2011, reports Rusty Graham of the Memorial Examiner.  Full Story »

Busbee’s Hardware going out of business
TexasBusiness.com notes this story by T.J. Aulds of the Galveston Daily News:  TEXAS CITY — Whether it’s a post hole digger, a box of nails, a microwave or a box of hog nose rings, for 69 years, Busbee’s Hardware has sold it. But not for much longer.  Owner Benny C. Busbee has decided to retire and plans to close the Texas City fixture by next month. Full Story »

Baskins Western Wear to open in Corpus Christi, Waco, Lufkin and Texarkana
  — Baskins Western Wear will open later this year in Corpus Christi. The Livingston-based western apparel retail has leased space on Airline near McArdle roads. The store is one of four the company announced Wednesday. Other cities include Lufkin, Texarkana and Waco and bring the total to 20, once open, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.  Full Story »

Gap's closing marks another Victoria Mall vacancy

It wasn't your normal scene inside the Gap store.  Shelves, once lined with polos, T-shirts and accessories, stood nearly bare while hangers, storage bins and racks sat huddled together near the store's windows, reports Alison Miles of the Victoria Advocate.

 

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Coach to open Corpus Christi store
 The Coach store in La Palmera is slated to open Aug. 6. The store leased 2,480 square feet and will be the only Coach store in the Coastal Bend. Since July 2008, the mall has signed 21 new leases and 28 renewals/relocations, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 

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Fans who bleed orange can now drink orange

They say University of Texas fans bleed orange. Now, they can drink it, too.Today, UT President Williams Powers Jr., along with GSD&M Idea City co-founders Steve Gurasich and Tim McClure, will announce a partnership to sell H2Orange, purified water packaged in a bottle that is a scale-model replica of the UT Tower. reports Melissa B. Taboada of the Austin American-Statesman. 

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Serial entrepreneur Patricia Rodriguez Christian lives a dream
 Patricia Rodriguez Christian is living her American dream – and that of her parents. The second-oldest of six children of Mexican immigrants grew up to start six companies in two states, reports Sheryl Jean with the Dallas Morning News.  Full Story »

Family-owned hardware store defies the odds
In the age of big-box home improvement stores, the family-owned hardware store is getting rare, but Southland Hardware in Montrose is going strong, reports David Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle.  Full Story »

End of an era: No more Harold's in Odessa
 TexasBusiness.com notes:  For most of the time there’s been television in Odessa, Harold Moore has been selling them. In his 51 years in the business, he’s seen much change about TV sets, reports Geoff Folsom of the Odessa American.  Full Story »

Victoria store to open bright and early for release of DROID X
 One Victoria store will open at 12:01 a.m. Thursday as part of a much-hyped launch for fans of a new smartphone, reports Gabe Semenza of the Victoria Advocate.  Full Story »

Nordstrom to open Rack outlet store in Sunset Valley
 The store will be in the Sunset Valley Village shopping center, on the east side of Brodie Lane south of U.S. 290. Other retailers there include Old Navy, Sprouts Farmers Market and Barnes & Noble, reports the Austin American-Statesman.  Full Story »

Carrollton-based Kelli's Suppliers is a life line for hospital gift shops
 If there is a hospital gift shop in America that doesn't buy merchandise from Mike Cohen, he doesn't know about it, writes Sonya N. Hebert of the Dallas Morning News.  Full Story »

Photo that went viral is a big headache for store
 Sajid Master wants the phone calls and angry letters to stop. He wants people to quit coming into Perfume Planet in west Houston to yell at his workers, reports Moises Mendoza of the Houston Chronicle.  Full Story »

Two Walmarts to open in Corpus Christi
 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to open two stores in Corpus Christi, one on the city's Southside at Saratoga and Cimarron boulevards and the other at Parkdale Plaza on Staples Street, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.  Full Story »

Carrollton-based Heelys has a lot riding on first nonshoe product
 TexasBusiness.com notes:  Faced with waning sales of its wheeled shoes, Heelys Inc. is introducing its first nonshoe product in an effort to appeal to tweens and teens looking for the latest extreme sport, Sheryl Jean of the Dallas Morning News.  Full Story »

Festival Of Flags Sees Products In Schools, Churches
 When children at Rice Elementary School put their hands over their hearts and say the Pledge of Allegiance, chances are they're facing an American flag that came to the school by way of Tyler native Cindy Yancy-Hebert, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reports.  Full Story »

Fort Worth-based Pier 1 Imports to re-enter Web sales with site-to-store model
Fort Worth-based Pier 1 Imports Inc. will begin selling online again next year as the Fort Worth-based home furnishings retailer is confident enough to add a new venture following a three-year turnaround, reports Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News.  Full Story »

New Dallas Museum Store Café to Feature Hand-Selected Brazilian Coffee from Texas-Based Casa Brasil
 On July 1, Austin-based Brazilian coffee company Casa Brasil will join a select array of gourmet products to be offered at the new Museum Store + Café of the 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

 

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Cigarette labels changing
 The Food and Drug Administration made major changes regarding the labels of cigarettes.  Sherman area vendors express their opinion on the change, reports KXII.  Full Story »

Big Country gun shop owners are cautious about impact of ruling
 A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday giving Americans the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live was greeted with mixed reactions locally, reports Celinda Emison of the Abilene Reporter-News.  Full Story »

New clothing boutique opens in Lufkin
 Apricot Lane Boutique, a California-based clothing store franchise, opened in Lufkin, reports the Lufkin Daily News.  Full Story »

Fitzhugh's gentrification moves into retail site makeovers
 The Dallas Morning News reports retail redevelopment along Fitzhugh Avenue east of North Central Expressway follows an apartment building boom in the area. Full Story »

Proposed Smoking Ban Controversial Among San Angelo Businesses
 The San Angelo Standard-Times gives the current status of the proposed smoking ban.  Full Story »

Apple devotees get hands on new iPhones after camping outside Knox Street store in Dallas
 At 6:30 am today, two lines stretched back from the doors of the Knox Street Apple Store as more than 300 weary-but-dedicated iPhone fans – many with pillows or cups of coffee in hand – were finally able to put their hands on the new iPhone 4, reports Melissa Repko of the Dallas Morning News.  Full Story »

Economy doesn't faze El Paso outlet mall
 Caylor Ballinger of the El Paso Times reports on the 11 percent jump in traffic at Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, with 6.5 million customers in 2009.  Full Story »

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Boots on Square Stool. Photo by Alan Nelson. Copyright 2010.
Boots on Square Stool.
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Photo by Alan Nelson. Copyright 2010.

Boots on Square Stool.

Boots on Square Stool. Photo by Alan Nelson. Copyright 2010.
Boots on Square Stool.
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Photo by Alan Nelson. Copyright 2010.

Ex-EDC president reveals trips related to Bass Pro Shops
 Former Harlingen Economic Development Corporation President Armando Elizarde said at a Rotary club meeting Friday that he made two trips with other city officials to Springfield, Mo., to meet with Bass Pro Shops officials.
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Motorcycle memories for sale
 It may be the largest salvage yard of 1970s and '80s Japanese motorcycles in all of San Antonio, if not Texas. Full Story »

King & I expands to North Midland location
 After three years of contemplating an addition, the owner of the Thai restaurant King & I has opened a second location. Full Story »

Hot Dog Hill has family focus on dogs
 TexasBusiness.com notes this story by the Longview News-Journal: There's something familiar about the people who work in the Hot Dog Hill store in Mount Pleasant and the pet store's newest location in Longview.
 
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Pier 1 shares move up on first-quarter profit
 Pier 1 Imports surprised Wall Street on Thursday by reporting remarkably good results for its first quarter, earning 7 cents a share while analysts had predicted a 2-cents-a-share loss.

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Fitness, green trends boost cycling industry
Bicycling has spun into more than just a sport, according to one Amarillo store owner who takes the stance to heart. Full Story »

Dallas Cowboys Lease Store In Fort Worth
 The Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers are also going to become neighbors in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth.

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Texas jury awards $246 million to Dillards
Dillard's alleged that i2 had failed to meet obligations to Dillard's regarding two i2 products under a software license agreement and related services agreement for which Dillard's had paid i2 approximately $8 million.   Full Story »

Furniture outlet is in store
 An empty Amarillo grocery store soon will carry a different category of household goods. Full Story »