Rather than focusing on how much consumers spend, this retail Mecca focuses on providing well-rounded, family focused entertainment options for its guests. With 4.3 miles of total storefront footage, it’s hard to imagine how Mall of America could get any larger. But the 4.2 million square feet of space that now make up the Minnesota-based retail mall only account for the first phase of the original vision. The entire project has yet to be realized.

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By never compromising its quality, this European bakery has maintained a place in the hearts of Los Angeles residents. In the last 100 years, Viktor Benes Bakery has become such a staple in Los Angeles that even the mention of its infamous Alligator cake is enough to make mouths water. Ugo Mamolo, the bakery’s president, said the pecan coffee cake sells in such high numbers, it’s almost as though people are addicted.

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The world’s largest shoe store promises to keep your feet and your wallet happy. Much has changed in the last 125 years, but one thing that hasn’t is people’s need for shoes. Whether it’s a pair of buckled boots or a pair of hot pink pumps, people need to cover their feet, and they want to do so in style. This is where Reyers Shoe Store comes in. 

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By working with business partners and creating new store formats, this Canadian-based office supply and business machine retailer is growing in a down economy. Last year Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada, had big ideas for 2008 and 2009. The plan was to open 20 stores during 2008 and another 15 during 2009. 

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This family owned and operated chain of retail outlets remains competitive by giving customers what they want: good prices with old-fashioned value. Conventional wisdom would say Pam Coy and her family’s 11 retail operations in rural Reedsburg and Baraboo, Wis. should be struggling just to stay in business. After all, three Super Walmarts have popped up within a 20-mile radius, and that’s seldom good news for local mom-and-pop stores.

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Innovation and ethics drive fast-paced expansion at this unique cosmetic company. Don’t go into a Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics store expecting to be left alone. The global manufacturer and retailer takes a consultant-based approach to selling, with sales associates expected to give each customer at least five product demonstrations per visit. Literally hands on, it’s an approach designed to ensure that customers get what they need as well as what they want.

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The team at this family owned business knows that maintaining a loyal customer base is the key to any retailer’s success. The retail industry can be broken down into an array of sectors according to a range of criterion, but there is a common thread that will forever tie all of the businesses in the industry together.

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Through IT investments, a strong culture, and acquisitions, this furniture company continues to grow. According to Edward Breunig III, the state of the economy has been both a blessing and a hardship for his organization. As more businesses begin to dissolve during the recession, Breunig and his team encounter more opportunities to purchase companies at a reasonable rate. 

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