The Hamptons can rekindle the spark for long established couples, too. Why not take a hike together through the 2,000 plus acres of the wildlife filled Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island (look for the nests of breeding eagle pairs), amble down the dreamy Cooper’s Beach in Southampton at sunset or tackle the rugged beachfront at Montauk’s Shadmoor State Park? There you can clamber over the cliffs down to the surfing beach at Ditch Plains and share burritos and iced coffee from beloved kitchen trailer Ditch Witch. Sip a freshly made mai tai at Lynn’s Hula Hut, a romantic tiki bar on Montauk Pier, or cuddle under a blanket for an al fresco surf ‘n’ turf supper at Duryea’s.
TJX Companies (TJX), the parent of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, is opening 238 stores this year, and Burlington Stores (BURL) is opening up to 40.The discounters, also known as off price sellers, are expanding their physical footprints, even as Americans shop more online and most brick and mortar retailers pour cash into their digital operations.During an era of disruption, these companies have proved resilient and durable against competition from Amazon.Related: Mall vacancies hit six year highRoss, which doesn’t have a digital shop, relies on a flexible purchasing strategy to offer top brands at bargain prices, enticing shoppers to head to stores to find clothes they can’t buy online.The average item is only $10, and 98% of the stuff in its store is under $30.”The place that Ross and TJX occupy is a place that’s tough to do online,” said Simeon Siegel, a retail analyst at Nomura Group. “I believe Ross is winning because it doesn’t have e commerce, not in spite of it.”Capitalizing on brand miscuesRoss racked up more than $14 billion in sales last year, second only to TJX in its category. It has recorded 13 consecutive years of growth at stores open at least a year, outpacing Macy’s (M), JCPenney (JCP), and Nordstrom (JWN).Ross stores offer a mix of name brand and designer apparel and home fashion for 20% to 60% less than department and specialty stores.When brands produce too many clothes or department stores cancel orders, Ross and other discounters step in and buy the leftover inventory.Related: H needs to offload $4 billion in unsold clothesRoss calls them “opportunistic purchases.” It can either quickly ship the product to shelves to meet in season looks or pack the products away in warehouses to sell later.
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