Retail Roundup—Apple in India, Wawa to hire 5,000

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Apple's pilot stores in India are part of a plan to compete with rivals in the country.

Apple opens 100 stores in India

Apple has set up more than 100 small franchise stores in India. The pilot stores are part of a six-fold expansion of such outlets to compete with rivals in the country. The stores are each 450 to 500 sq. ft. in size and are called Apple Authorized Resellers, a format the company plans to expand in large cities, neighborhoods, and tier two and three markets. (The Economic Times)

Uniqlo speeds up design to delivery

Uniqlo's parent company, Fast Retailing Co., is speeding up the time it takes from design to delivery to about 13 days. The move is a calculated one as the fast-fashion retailer goes head-to-head with the world's biggest clothes retailer, Inditex SA's Zara. The move will also help Uniqlo expand its direct-to-consumer custom-clothing sales and same-day delivery. (Bloomberg)

Wawa to hire 5,000

Wawa will hire 5,000 new store associates over the course of the next three months. The new employees will fill customer service and management level positions across the chain's 750 stores in six states. (Convenience Store News)

8 shopping centers to lose multiple tenants in wave of store closures

Looking at the latest list of retailer closures from JCPenney, Macy's, Kmart and Sears, eight shopping centers across the country are losing stores from two of those three chains in the near future. Losing one anchor tenant can be a warning sign for a mall, never mind losing two. Reasons specific anchor stores may close include a stronger property opening nearby or a spike in local unemployment. (CNBC)

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