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Retailers come, retailers go

Openings and closings in the retail world seem to be the new normal these days. Here’s an update of who’s coming and who’s going.

Likely on the way out: Fresh & Easy.
The British parent of the mini grocer announced last week it just wasn’t making enough money to make shareholders happy. The retailer is considering pulling out of the U.S. and selling its stores. Signs of the retailer’s struggle were evident in the Valley, with several stores built but never opened.

What this means for the eight Fresh & Easy stores in the central San Joaquin Valley is still up in the air. You can read more about why it’s failing here.

Coming soon: Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Walmart has been opening its own version of a small grocery for a while now and one is coming to Fresno. The 40,000-square-foot store is under construction at the southwest corner of Willow and Herndon avenues, and another is slated for Demaree Street and Goshen Avenue in Visalia.

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Talking shops: Three new boutiques open

Stella Laguna Beach has moved into a new, bigger location in River Park. The locally owned women’s clothing store now looks like a New York City boutique stocked with lots of edgy, trendy clothing — think leopard print, studded jackets, leather-inspired dresses and lots of boots.

See the sultry model on the wall? That’s Lauren Cameron, who doubles as a sales clerk at Khloe California across the street. That store, which will feature a more laid-back vibe, will open in Stella’s old location Nov. 15.

  • Vintage on Fourth has opened in a little spot on Fourth Street between Clovis and Pollasky avenues in Clovis. The shops sells home decor, repurposing vintage items into something new.

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Talking shops: New clothing, horse store

Equestrian Dreamz opened in Clovis, carrying clothing and gear for horse riders, and collectible miniature horses.

As the Bee’s retail reporter, it’s my mission to let you know about all the cool new stores opening, you know, so you can be the center of attention at the water cooler with your knowledge of what’s coming.
So here’s a collection of new and soon-to-open stores.

Heads up, horse lovers. Equestrian Dreamz has opened in Clovis. Much of the store is dedicated to die-hard riders and competitors, selling clothing for show jumping and tack like bridles. But there’s something for people who don’t ride too, including the collectible model horses and accessories by Breyer.

Read reporter Tim Sheehan’s Word on the Street item, and learn why it’s spelled with a z here.

Stella Laguna Beach is expanding its River Park store. The locally owned retailer will move across the way into the space Amenities used to be in, tripling its size. It’s scheduled to open Nov. 2. The space it’s leaving will eventually become a Khloe California, another clothing store owned by the same woman.

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