With the tagline “close to home,” Facemire Foodland’s stores demonstrate that its primary commitment is to remaining a key figure in the communities in which it operates, as well as supporting local endeavors and organizations. The West Virginia-based group of independently owned and operated grocery stores remains dedicated to meeting its customers needs and providing the best value.

“Foodland stores are locally owned and operated, dedicated members of the communities we serve and always close to home,” the company says. “So whether customers have just moved in or they have grown up in the area, they’ll feel like family in our stores.”

Fashion is much more than what someone wears or what they listen to – it’s a lifestyle. Not every retailer lives by that credo, but DTLR Inc. certainly does, and because of that it has been a leading retailer for 30 years. By focusing on the latest and most popular trends in urban culture, DTLR has created a core of loyal customers who view the stores as centers of their communities. “Our moniker is ‘your fashion, your lifestyle,’ and we pride ourselves on having the greatest, latest footwear, apparel and music,” Chief Merchandising Officer Scott Collins says.

Twenty-nine years ago, Carpet One Floor & Home was founded on a philosophy that didn’t focus solely on how cheaply it could buy from suppliers. Instead, it also focused on how well it could merchandise and sell for a higher profit.

“Our foundation was merchandising, management and marketing,” President Eric Demaree says. “Our parent company is CCA Global Partners, which has 12 affiliated divisions. Carpet One Floor & Home is the first and still the largest.”

A focus on customer service and technical knowledge give Ben’s Pharmacy the edge it needs to compete against much larger big-box retailers. The pharmacy, founded in 1979 in a medical center in Pefferlaw, Ontario, today has 12 stores including its largest, flagship location in Beaverton, Ontario. That is where founder and President Ben Smith can be found personally helping customers.

“We believe in personal service and being involved in the community,” Smith says, noting the pharmacy regularly sponsors local hockey, baseball and soccer teams and organizes events including an annual golf tournament.

Ever since it was founded in 1996, APW Brands has stayed on top of technology trends. The organization is known for its airport retail locations, where it sells and services electronic devices and accessories.

The company began with The Cellular Shop, a cellphone and accessory store in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Over the next few years, the organization created the Airport Wireless brand, selling wireless phones and accessories from a cart in Terminal B of the Philadelphia International Airport in 1997 before opening a small store in the airport in 1998.

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