NEW YORK ó
Kohlís shoppers will be able to pick up some groceries while
shopping for clothing at select stores.
store chain said Thursday it is teaming up with German no-frills
grocery chain Aldi to lease space in five to 10 of its stores. The
move comes as Kohlís looks to scale back its footprint while making
its stores more productive.
reported a 6 percent increase in sales at established stores for the
critical fourth quarter, the largest gain since 2001. Business was
helped by more customers coming into the stores as well as shopping
online, where sales were up 26 percent. Kohlís also reported
better-than-expected profits as it offered fewer discounts.
followed good results at Macyís Inc., which broke out of its
three-year sales funk, as department stores try to regroup as
shoppers spend more online and on items other than the clothing on
which the chains are very dependent. Retailers have revamped their
businesses, from closing poorly performing stores to changing their
product lineups to expanding their online services.
Kohlís has been
testing small-concept stores and last year started accepting returns
Amazon.com in 82 of its stores. It also has dedicated areas in
10 stores that sell Amazon Echos, Fire tablets and other gadgets.