Went to the Andersons store today to check out some plants (violas, naturally) and I was shocked to see they are creating a Target/Bed Bath/department-store-worthy housewares department. They've installed big-box fixtures and they're in the process of filling them up with hundreds of kitchen accessories. The linens "department" is going to look like Sears or Penney's. The former pots-and-pans shelf has been replaced by a specialty nook with entire lines of cookware. Although they've carried some furniture in the past, they have now created a separate, dedicated area ... along with some badly-needed aisle widening!
This is a bold reinvention of what their store has traditionally been. It's so interesting to see a familiar old business investing out the wazoo in new merchandise lines and attractive fixtures.
Food, pet stuff, work clothing and hardware all look the same. But Housewares is now on steroids! I'm intrigued by the idea that good ol' Andersons is going head-to-head with some of the big box stores. Anyone who's interested in retail evolution, or shop-local issues, ought to go check it out.