CALVIN IN COLUMBUS CIRCLE: The second Calvin Klein Underwear store will open in New York on Saturday in The Shops at Columbus Circle. Located on the ground level of the Time Warner Center at 10 Columbus Circle, the 950-square-foot store will sell women’s and men’s underwear by Calvin Klein. The shop, which is the latest location in a global network of freestanding stores expected to total 60 units by the end of 2004, will carry exclusive styles, as well as Calvin Klein fragrances. The first freestanding Calvin Klein Underwear shop in New York opened at 104 Prince Street in December. The Warnaco Group owns the trademarks for Calvin Klein underwear and intimate apparel. Blue Vibes, a multinational organization with retail interests, owns and operates the two New York units under an agreement with Warnaco.
TRUCKS BACK ON TRACK: East Coast port authorities said Thursday that cargo traffic had largely returned to normal after wildcat strikes by independent truckers early this week. Upset over low wages and high fuel prices, non-unionized truckers had demonstrated at several ports, slowing the flow of goods. About 200 truckers picketed at Port Newark, N.J., on Monday and Tuesday, slowing cargo volume by as much as 50 percent, according to a spokeswoman for the port, but things have since normalized. At the Port of Charleston, S.C., a spokesman said about 20 protesters remained on Thursday, keeping traffic at about 75 percent of standard levels. A VF Corp. spokeswoman said, “We are watching the situation, but it has not had an impact on our business.”
HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: Fashion consultant Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at NPD Group, will explore another frontier Monday when he starts his stint as co-host of a new CNBC program, “What’s in Store.” Joining Cohen on the half-hour pilot, featuring a live discussion about the 21st-century consumer and shopping malls, will be host Garrett Glaser, plus a panel of five experts. The panelists, who will communicate from remote locations, include futurist Maddy Dychtwald, author of “Cycles: How We Will Live, Work and Buy,” in San Francisco; Michael McCarty, president of the community center division at Simon Property Group, at Waterford Lakes Town Center in Orlando, Fla.; Michael Bills, newly named president of Retail Planning Associates Worldwide in Columbus, Ohio; Dan Hess, senior vice president at Internet ratings agency comScore Networks in Chicago, and retail analyst Jeff Klinefelter at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis. “What’s in Store” is slated to premiere at 10 a.m. and will be rebroadcast at 4:30 p.m. Monday. “We’re in talks about the next show,” Cohen said of the program, which is expected to air either biweekly or monthly.