Retail Roundup—J. Crew closing 39 stores; Amazon prepares to sell in Israel

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J. Crew announced it will close double the store locations it previously predicted.

Publix opens second smaller format

Publix will open a second newly designed smaller-format grocery store in 2019 in South Carolina. The 25,000-square-foot GreenWise Market will focus on specialty and organic products. (The Post and Courier)

Amazon looking to sell in Israel

Amazon is preparing to launch sales in Israel and is in talks to rent out a 260,000-square-foot storage space to house products for the local market. Amazon is working with teams in Israel to study local consumer trends, services and logistics. (The Times of Israel)

Whole Foods promotes new EVP of operations

Whole Foods Market has promoted Christina Minardi to EVP of operations. Minardi, who oversaw 40 stores in three states as Northeast regional president, is now in charge of four regions while co-leading the company's integration with Amazon. (Progressive Grocer)

J. Crew announced store closings

J. Crew will close 39 stores by the end of January, which is about 6% of its total locations and double the number previously stated. The announcement comes after the retailer announced a 12% drop in sales in the most recent quarter and losses of $161 million in the first nine months of the year. (CNN)