Impatient Landlords Say No Way to Giving Ascena a Break on Rent
The bankrupt owner of the Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant asked for a deferral in July, but a group of landlords argue it isn't reasonable because most of the company’s stores are operating despite the pandemic.
While GU, with slightly lower prices than Uniqlo and clothes aimed at younger clientele, has a solid presence in Japan, it’s less known in other major markets. Building its presence abroad is part of Fast Retailing founder Tadashi Yanai’s push to “become a true global player,” by first doubling annual profit to ¥5 trillion within a few years.
The best stores don’t just serve as billboards or customer touchpoints —they’re a stable and lucrative revenue stream. As younger consumers have embraced in-store shopping despite their digital native instincts, the value of stores is undeniable. Running an effective store requires choosing the right location, understanding its sales potential and making sure it serves its local clientele.