Retail Roundup—Raley's new concept, Rue21 closing 400 stores

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The teen retailer plans to close nearly 400 stores.

Rue21 closing 400 stores

Teen retailer Rue21 announced it will close 400 stores across the United States. The chain reported earlier this month that it was struggling to pay bills and was planning on restructuring. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Raley's unveils new store concept

Raley's has opened the first of five new concept stores focused on health, wellness and sustainable operations. The 35,000-square-foot store in Sacramento, California, offers fresh, high-quality food in a unique shopping environment that includes solar panels. To enhance personalization, Raley's will have two nutritionists and a wine steward on staff. (Progressive Grocer)

Hy-Vee adds IT positions 

Hy-Vee announced a corporate restructuring which includes hiring 70 new workers, including IT positions. The company wants to grow in the areas of information technology, restaurant, health and wellness. More than 50 of the new full-time positions will be IT-based. (Supermarket News)

Shopkick's new grocery rewards

Shopping rewards app Shopkick is expanding its focus to include grocery awards. The app will give out gift cards to consumers who engage with brands' content by scanning barcodes on products, making purchases, watching videos, trying recipes and more. Other rewards apps on the market include Snap by Groupon, Checkout 51, Coupons.com and Ibotta. (TechCrunch)