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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This airport retailer’s success comes from close relationships with front-line employees, airports and airport leasing companies, and manufacturers. This year, one of the highest acclaimed and fastest growing airport chains is launching the next generation of its stores. Airport Wireless, which started as a 90-square-foot cart selling cell phones and accessories in the early 1990s, will soon include two new concepts aimed at providing hot technology and helpful accessories to airline passengers in the US.

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This designer of high-end costume jewelry promises to help its customers maintain their fashionable appearance without breaking the bank. It’s been said you can’t put a price on fashion, but the folks at Bijoux Terner beg to differ.

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Success for this retail pharmacy corporation lies in helping patients achieve medication compliance. Success for this retail pharmacy corporation lies in helping patients achieve medication compliance. Established in 2005, BioScrip, Inc. specializes in helping patients manage their chronic, acute, and specialty medicine needs.

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