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In New Mexico, a new farm store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Tractor Supply Co. will open a 19,000-sq.-ft. store in Tucumcari, N.M., in September, according to local press reports. 

The store will be the 12th Tractor Supply location in the state, and one of the 1,245 stores in the nation’s largest farm and ranch chain.

In the first three quarters of the company’s current fiscal year, Tractor Supply opened 71 new stores and closed two stores. Late last year, the retailer established its first stores in the states of Wyoming and Nevada.

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Ranking the buzz of brands

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The recently released YouGov Brand Index Buzz rankings had some familiar names at and near the top of its 2013 U.S. listing.

Amazon.com, which ranked 12th on the HCN Top 300 Retailer Scoreboard, appeared in the top spot with a Buzz Ranking of 30.6. 

The rankings were based on the YouGov survey of respondents, who were asked "If you’ve heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative?" 

Lowe’s, which was credited for its well-received Twitter Vine campaign that captured home improvement concepts in six second videos, ranked fifth on the overall chart, with a Buzz rating of 25.9. 

Home Depot scored 21.8, good enough for 15th place, just ahead of the iPad and the iPhone. John Deere rounded out home improvement brands in the top 25 with a 20.3 rating and 25th ranking.

A separate Specialty Retail category of Buzz rankings produced the following results: Lowe’s, 25.9; Walgreens, 24.8; Home Depot, 21.8; Best Buy, 15.5; and Ace Hardware, 15.4.

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Sears to close Chicago flagship store

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Sears is planning a Chicago-style liquidation this month, as it prepares to shutter its flagship store on North State Street in the heart of the Windy City’s Loop. 

The Chicago Tribune quoted a Sears spokesman: "The store has lost millions of dollars since opening and we can no longer continue to support the store’s operating losses." The store has operating in the location since 2001. 

Liquidation sales are expected to begin Jan. 26, with a closing in April.

Sears Holdings operates more than 2,000 Sears and Kmart locations in the United States. 

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