Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery retailer, will sell hemp-derived CBD topical products, including creams, balms and oils, in 945 stores across 17 states, according to a company spokesperson. The chain joins a growing list of national retailers, including Walgreens, CVS, Vitamin Shoppe and GNC, that are beginning to stock shelves with the cannabis compound.
Kroger will sell the CBD products in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. CBD is a nonintoxicating cannabis compound that promises to help relieve such problems as anxiety and pain, even though hardly any scientific evidence backs up these claims.
Grocerydive.com reports that discount retailers will account for more than half of retail store openings this year, according to data from Coresight Research cited by CBS News. Out of the almost 2,780 new locations slated for 2019, about 1,800 belong to discount chains. Dollar General leads growth by a wide margin, with 975 openings planned in 2019, followed by Dollar Tree, which is planning 350 new stores, then Family Dollar, Aldi and Five Below, according to the report. Discount retailers are gaining the most traction in rural areas where there are fewer store options and where larger retailers like Amazon have been less successful compared to metropolitan centers.
Ford is recalling 1.2 million Explorers in North America to fix a problem with the rear suspension that dates to the vehicle's redesign from a traditional SUV into a unibody crossover in 2010. The automaker also issued a recall for 123,000 previous-generation F-150s because transmission calibration software used during a February recall failed to resolve the problem. The 2011-17 Explorers being recalled were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from May 2010 through January 2017. Ford said the vehicles could experience a fracture in the rear suspension toe link that could reduce steering control and increase the risk of a crash. Ford said one customer reported hitting a curb due to a broken toe link, but it's not aware of any injuries related to the defect.
Build-A-Bear is bringing back the “Pay Your Age” promotion, but there’s a change this year. There are a limited number of tickets available. The store that specializes in stuff-your-own toys came under fire last year after overwhelming demand on Pay-Your-Age day led to long lines, crying children and people being turned away. This year, people are asked to enter to for a chance to receive a ticket for Pay-Your-Age day. Some 200,000 lucky recipients will get the chance to pay their age during one of two redemption periods in late June.
Got a limited budget for Father's Day - which is this Sunday? Firehouse Subs customers will receive a free medium sub with the purchase of a medium or large sub, chips and drink. Firehouse Subs has more than 1,070 restaurants across 46 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada.
As unemployment hovers near its lowest level in a decade or more, Target says it will strengthen its child care benefits and expand paid family leave for 350,000 part-time and full-time hourly employees across stores, distribution centers and headquarters. Target has raised its starting wage to $13 an hour and also pledged to take it up to $15 an hour by the end of 2020. Employee turnover is disruptive for retailers, which are locked in a tight battle to squeeze out sales in stores and online. So, companies are stepping up pay and perks to keep existing workers and attract new ones.
Kohl's will close its Off/Aisle stores, ending a four-year-old foray into discount retailing. The four Off/Aisle locations – three in Wisconsin and one in New Jersey – will close on Aug. 3, Jon Grosso, an executive vice president, said in a memo to staff.