Retailers, consumers and prices
Check Out STORES Magazine’s 2010 Hot 100 Retailers list.
The top spot goes to off-price retailer SYMS, based in Secaucus, New Jersey. The chain, known for the slogan “An educated consumer is our best customer,” bought 20 Filene’s Basement locations last year, and now offers discount designer clothes for women and men. Other off-price chains who made the top 100 list include Citi Trends (#10), Ross Stores (#21) and TJ Maxx operator TJX (#29).
The annual list ranked the fastest-growing retail chains in the United States, based on increases in year-over-year domestic sales between 2008 and 2009. The list was compiled by Kantar Retail on behalf of STORES Media, which is the publishing and communications group of the National Retail Federation (NRF).
Coming in at No. 2 this year is the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain by Britain’s Tesco. The small-format grocer debuted in late 2007 and at the end of last year had 145 Fresh & Easy stores located in a few western states.
“It’s not unusual to see smaller retailers atop lists of fast-growing companies because generating growth off a small base can be relatively easy for an appealing concept,” said Mary Brett Whitfeld, senior vice president of Kantar Retail in a statement. “But given the economic challenges of the past year, making this list regardless of size is quite an accomplishment.”