Retail Roundup—L.L. Bean plans urban format; Nordstrom's e-commerce hits 23%

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One of L.L. Bean's smallest locations is set to open in Boston next year.

L.L. Bean to open first urban format

L.L. Bean will open its first urban-format store in Boston’s Seaport District. The store will offer classes and activities on the waterfront. At 8,600 square feet, it will be one of the smallest of the retailer’s 37 locations. (Boston Globe)

Nordstrom’s e-commerce now 23% of sales

Although Nordstrom’s U.S. brick-and-mortar sales were down 6.4% in the latest quarter, sales on Nordstrom.com were up 10.9% and Nordstromrack.com/Hautelook were up 19.1%. As much as 23% of the retailer’s sales come from online, up from 6% in 2006. (The Seattle Times)

Marsh files for Chapter 11

The Marsh supermarket chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in hopes of protecting its 44 remaining stores. The 86-year-old company could still face closure in two months if it does not find a buyer. (USA Today)

J.C. Penney to focus on dresses, activewear

After another quarter of apparel sales in the black, J.C. Penney announced that it will push its two most promising categories, women’s activewear and dresses, in the future. All clothing categories, including men’s, women’s and children’s, posted negative comps for the quarter. (Bloomberg)