Retail Roundup—Aaron Brothers to shut down; Target and Kroger talk merger

Kroger (Mike Kalasnik / CC BY-SA 2.0)
Kroger and Target are discussing a merger. (Mike Kalasnik/CC BY-SA 2.0)

Michaels to close down Aaron Brothers

Michaels Companies will shut down 94 of its Aaron Brothers brand stores as it struggles to keep the framing and art supplies store afloat. The retailer plans to make Aaron Brothers a store-within-a-store and provide framing in all Michaels locations. (Reuters)

Target, Kroger talk merger

Target and Kroger are reportedly in talks regarding a merger. Talks first started last summer when Target wanted to improve its grocery division, and discussion resumed this week as the two entities decide if a merger is the best path forward for both parties. (New York Post)

Walmart moving forward with e-commerce strategies 

Walmart has announced updates to its e-commerce business, including rolling out in-store pickup towers for online orders in as many as 650 stores by the end of 2018. At the same time, the company will decommission the automated dispensing system the retailer tested last year in Oklahoma for online orders. (Shopper Marketing)

Gilt executives launch new plus-size site

Former Gilt executives announced the launch of CoEdition, a plus-size fashion website that curates many brands into one destination. While the site will stock brands that are hot in the plus-size space now, it will also host designs by fashion companies that have not made clothing for these sizes in the past. (Racked)