Friday, September 10, 2010

The Old and New in American Retail

When it comes to retail store chains, Nordstrom and Office Depot are pretty hard to beat, unless of course you’re an innovative entity like an Underground Station store. All of these stores are similar yet different all at the same time. If you think about it, for many, these stores have provided a selection of merchandise that has been the cornerstone of consumer business for years. On the flip side the coin, even though these stores offer a great selection of products, the winning formula for success mainly relies on the branded niche that these stores symbolize and the “Go-To” place for their industry specific products. For the most part, all Nordstrom, Office Depot, and Underground Station stores offer a winning combination of high quality products and affordable prices. In addition to these companies being the go-to sources for consumers, these stores truly provide a shopping experience that goes above and beyond the ordinary.

To give you an idea of the types of products these 3 stores sell and what makes them so great; below is a breakdown of each store accordingly:

Nordstrom - an upscale retail chain founded by John Nordstrom. Nordstrom in the early days was synonymous with shoes and was one of the finest shoe retailers in the United States. The company that we know today also sells clothing, accessories, handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances, and in some locations, home furnishings. The corporate headquarters is located in Seattle, Washington. The company's philosophy has remained unchanged for more than 100 years since its establishment by John W. Nordstrom in 1901: Offer the customer the best possible service, selection, quality and value.

Office Depot - Is a seller of office products and services to consumers. An S&P 500 company, Office Depot is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. Founded by 3 partners in 1986, Office Depot was first visualized as a warehouse-style type store where consumers could purchase office products in bulk for discount prices. Office Depot’s ambience is second none, their Mantra say it all, “If you're looking for office supplies, our name says it all. We have one of the widest selections of office furniture available on the market today. You can count on us for the low prices on office products and home office supplies every single day.” Their customer service is great too!

Underground Station – Innovation, style and elegance describes Underground Station. A leading footwear and shoe retail chain, Underground Station sells the latest in footwear, apparel, & accessories, for both men and women who value cutting-edge styles and the latest brands. A Nashville-based specialty retailer, Underground Station sells footwear for a variety of people with a variety of styles. A refreshing look to shoe outfitters, this store’s ambience puts many shoe retailers to shame with current and innovative styles and a friendly staff that is happy to help you locate your favorite type of shoe.

Happy Shopping!

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