Retail Roundup—Target removes additives; Timberland's first concept store

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Target is making strides in removing all additives from its private food lines.

Lowe’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Blue Apron cutting jobs

Lowe’s, Bed Bath and Beyond and Blue Apron have all announced layoffs that will impact hundreds of workers. Blue Apron is closing a facility that will affect 470 jobs, Lowe’s said more jobs will be lost on top of the 500 layoffs in February, and Bed Bath and Beyond is cutting eight job titles that will affect 880 positions. (Associated Press)

Target removes all additives from private label

Target announced it will remove all artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, colors, trans fats and high fructose corn syrup from all of its private-label food products by the end of 2018. Currently, about 75% of the kids' foods sold under the retailer’s Market Pantry and Simply Balanced labels meet these criteria. (Simplemost)

Uniqlo to sell from vending machines

Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo has decided to expand in the U.S. via vending machines. The company, owned by Fast Retailing, will roll out 10 vending machines in airports and malls in the next few months. (Fortune)

Timberland introduces first concept store

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland announced the opening of its first specialty concept store, The Timberland Tree Lab. Located in the King of Prussia mall in Pennsylvania, the store will feature curated products in a gallery-style setting that will completely change every six weeks. (PR Newswire)