Mike Baker

Mike joined Chain Store Guide in February 2016 as a data content editor and writer, bringing with him the extensive publishing, brand management and new-product development experience that he gained over the course of a decade with John Wiley & Sons publishers and the “For Dummies” brand in North America and the U.K. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Ball State University.

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Mar 29, 2017 JCPenney: Interactive Store-Closings Map
Apparel & Department

This month, JCPenney released the list of 138 stores it will close by the end of Q2, details of a move that company executives first made public in January.  The closings are part of a plan “to optimize retail operations, […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…

Mar 29, 2017 Food Lion: Mapping the NC Remodels Ahead of Lidl’s Arrival
Commercial Real Estate

Food Lion executives have announced plans to invest more than $170 million in remodeling 93 stores in the North Carolina Triad region (greater Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point) over the course of the spring and summer. The initiative marks the […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…

Mar 28, 2017 2017 Restaurant Hardware Survey Results
Retail & Food Technology

Last month, we broke down POS software use in the foodservice industry, and we follow up this month with a look at hardware. This graphic comes from our recent foodservice technology survey that included 1,042 unique companies. The survey supported […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…


Mar 29, 2017 Food Lion: Mapping the NC Remodels Ahead of Lidl’s Arrival
Commercial Real Estate
Mar 28, 2017 2017 Restaurant Hardware Survey Results
Retail & Food Technology
Mar 27, 2017 Q1-2017 CSG Discount Dashboard
Discount & Specialty
Mar 27, 2017 Q1-2017 CSG Supermarket & Grocery Dashboard
Grocery & Convenience
Mar 16, 2017 DATATRAC: Home Center and Hardware Chains – March 2017
Home Center & Hardware eUpdate
Mar 16, 2017 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – March 2017
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Mar 10, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Benzer Pharmacy
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Mar 9, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Ace Hardware Corp.
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Mar 9, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc.
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Mar 8, 2017 CSG Snapshot: American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Mar 6, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Giant Eagle
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Mar 6, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Dollar General Corp.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Feb 27, 2017 Q1-2017 Drugstore Dashboard
Drug & HBC
Feb 23, 2017 Q1-2017 Casual Dining Dashboard
Restaurant & Foodservice
Feb 23, 2017 Lumber Liquidators: $5M Loss Marks Progress
Home Center & Hardware
Feb 22, 2017 Payless: Store Counts and Closings
Apparel & Department
Feb 22, 2017 Aldi: 1,300 Remodels and 400 New Stores on Tap
Commercial Real Estate
Feb 21, 2017 2017 Restaurant Software Survey Results
Retail & Food Technology
Feb 20, 2017 Whole Foods: Charting the Challenge
Grocery & Convenience
Feb 20, 2017 Targeting Top Card & Gift Shops
Discount & Specialty
Feb 16, 2017 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – February 2017
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Feb 16, 2017 DATATRAC: Home Center and Hardware Chains – February 2017
Home Center & Hardware eUpdate
Feb 10, 2017 CSG Snapshot: NYX Cosmetics
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Feb 9, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Fastenal Company
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Feb 9, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Feb 8, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings, Inc.
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Feb 6, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Feb 6, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Lucky’s Market LLC
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Jan 30, 2017 Fred’s Hopes to Triple Its Pharmacy Fleet
Drug & HBC
Jan 26, 2017 Paint Stores by the Numbers
Home Center & Hardware
Jan 26, 2017 Freshii’s Plans of Growth
Restaurant & Foodservice
Jan 25, 2017 Specialty Supermarket Expansion by the Numbers
Commercial Real Estate
Jan 25, 2017 Holidays Unkind to Department Stores
Apparel & Department
Jan 24, 2017 2017 Tabletop Tablet Survey Results
Retail & Food Technology
Jan 23, 2017 BJ’s Moves into SC: Here’s a Look at the Location
Discount & Specialty
Jan 20, 2017 Store Growth Projections for the Natural/Organic Segment
Grocery & Convenience
Jan 19, 2017 DATATRAC: Home Center and Hardware Chains – January 2017
Home Center & Hardware
Jan 19, 2017 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – January 2017
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Jan 13, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Thrifty White Drug Stores Inc.
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Jan 12, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Simply Southern Restaurant Group LLC
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Jan 12, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Busy Beaver Building Centers Inc.
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Jan 11, 2017 CSG Snapshot: TechStyle Fashion Group
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Jan 9, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Walmart Stores Inc.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Jan 9, 2017 CSG Snapshot: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Dec 29, 2016 A Good Year at e.l.f.
Drug & HBC
Dec 29, 2016 Green (Salad) Growth in 2017 and the Companies to Watch
Restaurant & Foodservice
Dec 29, 2016 Farm & Home: Top Stores of 2016
Home Center & Hardware
Dec 28, 2016 Caleres Tries Allen Edmonds on for Size
Apparel & Department
Dec 28, 2016 First Look at the Latest Retail Technology Data
Retail & Food Technology
Dec 28, 2016 PetSmart Testing a New, Smaller Footprint
Commercial Real Estate
Dec 21, 2016 The Ten Largest Discounters in 2016
Discount & Specialty
Dec 21, 2016 Whole Foods Partnering with Local Restaurants
Grocery & Convenience
Dec 21, 2016 DATATRAC: Home Center and Hardware Chains – December 2016
Home Center & Hardware eUpdate
Dec 21, 2016 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – December 2016
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Dec 16, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Dec 15, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Dunn-Edwards Corporation
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Dec 15, 2016 CSG Snapshot: MUY Brands, LLC
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Dec 14, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Ross Stores Inc.
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Dec 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Big Lots Stores Inc.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Dec 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Nov 25, 2016 Bartell Drugs Signs on with Amazon
Drug & HBC
Nov 24, 2016 Westlake Ace Hardware: Corp. Funds Fuel Growth
Home Center & Hardware
Nov 24, 2016 Street-Level View: Domino’s and Pizza Hut Franchisees
Restaurant & Foodservice
Nov 23, 2016 Targeting Fast-Growing Sandwich Chains
Commercial Real Estate
Nov 23, 2016 Ranking the Top Family and Children’s Retailers
Apparel & Department
Nov 21, 2016 Foodservice POS: Breaking Down the Hardware
Retail & Food Technology
Nov 21, 2016 Tractor Supply Plans for Petsense Growth
Discount & Specialty
Nov 21, 2016 Wegmans Move into Raleigh, NC by the Numbers
Grocery & Convenience
Nov 17, 2016 DATATRAC: Home Center and Hardware Chains – November 2016
Home Center & Hardware eUpdate
Nov 17, 2016 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – November 2016
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Nov 11, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Nov 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: The Tile Shop
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Nov 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: United States Beef Corporation
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Nov 8, 2016 CSG Snapshot: rue21
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Nov 7, 2016 CSG Snapshot: The Fresh Market Inc.
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Nov 7, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Staples Inc.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Oct 28, 2016 Walgreens Results and Same-Store Pharmacy Sales
Drug & HBC
Oct 27, 2016 Orchard Supply Hardware Heads East
Home Center & Hardware
Oct 27, 2016 Franchise Focus: The Top Burger King Franchisees
Restaurant & Foodservice
Oct 26, 2016 Bass Pro Shop’s Cabela’s Acquisition by the Numbers
Apparel & Department
Oct 26, 2016 Franchise Focus: Pizza Hut’s Top Franchisees
Commercial Real Estate
Oct 25, 2016 Click-and-Collect: Analyzing the Top 10 Grocery Chains
Retail & Food Technology
Oct 24, 2016 Walmart Building Plans Reflect Ecommerce Focus
Discount & Specialty
Oct 21, 2016 The Shape of Supervalu after Save-A-Lot
Grocery & Convenience
Oct 20, 2016 DATATRAC: Home Center and Hardware Chains – October 2016
Home Center & Hardware eUpdate
Oct 20, 2016 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – October 2016
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Oct 14, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Sephora USA Inc.
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Oct 13, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Do it Best Corp.
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Oct 13, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Cafe Rio Mexican Grill
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Oct 12, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Francesca’s Holdings Corp.
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Oct 10, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Dollarama Group L.P.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Oct 10, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Trader Joe’s Co.
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Sep 30, 2016 Pharmacy Same-Store Sales Tracker
Drug & HBC
Sep 29, 2016 Five Fast-Casual Poke Concepts to Watch
Restaurant & Foodservice
Sep 29, 2016 “Lackluster” Summer for Lowe’s
Home Center & Hardware
Sep 28, 2016 Top 5 North American Candy Retailers
Commercial Real Estate
Sep 28, 2016 Sears Holdings: Closings Continue
Apparel & Department
Sep 27, 2016 Subway’s Summer of Technology
Retail & Food Technology
Sep 26, 2016 Lidl and Aldi Look Ahead
Grocery & Convenience
Sep 26, 2016 Toys R Us: Renewed Prosperity for American Girl?
Discount & Specialty
Sep 23, 2016 DATATRAC: Drug Stores and HBC Chains – September 2016
Drug & HBC eUpdate
Sep 22, 2016 DATATRAC: Home Center and Hardware Chains – September 2016
Home Center & Hardware eUpdate
Sep 22, 2016 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – September 2016
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Sep 16, 2016 CSG Snapshot: The Bartell Drug Company
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Sep 15, 2016 CSG Snapshot: MOOYAH Franchise
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Sep 15, 2016 CSG Snapshot: McCoy’s Building Supply
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Sep 13, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Signet Jewelers Limited
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Sep 12, 2016 CSG Snapshot: The Save Mart Companies
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Sep 12, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Tuesday Morning Corp.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Aug 31, 2016 The Halal Guys Nationwide Expansion by the Numbers
Commercial Real Estate
Aug 26, 2016 Kroger Acquisition Bolsters Its Specialty Pharmacy Reach
Drug & HBC
Aug 25, 2016 Record Sales for The Home Depot
Home Center & Hardware
Aug 25, 2016 Fast Pizza and Once-Cool Casual Midway through the Year
Restaurant & Foodservice
Aug 24, 2016 Alex and Ani: Positive Energy Fuels Growth
Apparel & Department
Aug 22, 2016 Wal-Mart Goes Big with Jet.com Acquisition
Retail & Food Technology
Aug 22, 2016 GameStop Doubles Down on AT&T
Discount & Specialty
Aug 22, 2016 Target Struggles – in Grocery and Elsewhere
Grocery & Convenience
Aug 17, 2016 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – August 2016
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Aug 11, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Fred’s Inc.
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Aug 11, 2016 CSG Snapshot: PPG Architectural Coatings
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Aug 11, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Black Bear Diners Inc.
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Aug 10, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Urban Outfitters Inc.
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Aug 4, 2016 CSG Snapshot: 99 Cents Only Stores
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Aug 3, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Brookshire Grocery Co.
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Jul 28, 2016 The Path to a Walgreens – Rite Aid Merger
Drug & HBC
Jul 28, 2016 Hardware in Cedar Rapids: Why You Should Care
Home Center & Hardware
Jul 28, 2016 Another Florida Concept with Expansion Plans
Restaurant & Foodservice
Jul 27, 2016 Market Share in Sheboygan
Commercial Real Estate
Jul 27, 2016 By the Numbers: Apparel Sales & the Top Sporting Goods Chains
Apparel & Department
Jul 26, 2016 Walmart Pay, Thunder Bay and the Future of Payment Processing
Retail & Food Technology
Jul 22, 2016 East Coast Shakeup
Grocery & Convenience
Jul 22, 2016 Consolidation in the Pet-Store Space
Discount & Specialty
Jul 21, 2016 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – July 2016
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Jul 15, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Great Clips Inc.
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Jul 14, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Newk’s Franchise Company
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Jul 14, 2016 CSG Snapshot: BMC Stock Holdings, Inc.
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Jul 12, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Gap Inc.
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Jul 8, 2016 CSG Snapshot: PETCO Animal Supplies Inc.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Jul 8, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Sheetz, Inc.
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Jun 24, 2016 CVS: A Pharmacy that Cares about Health
Drug & HBC
Jun 23, 2016 Taking Stock of the Big Chains
Home Center & Hardware
Jun 23, 2016 Breaking Down Barbecue
Restaurant & Foodservice
Jun 22, 2016 Ralph Lauren Corporation and the Factory Outlet Scene
Apparel & Department
Jun 22, 2016 When the Outlet Comes to Town – Taking Stock
Commercial Real Estate
Jun 21, 2016 QSR Mobile App Functionality at a Glance
Retail & Food Technology
Jun 20, 2016 Five Below – and Rising
Discount & Specialty
Jun 20, 2016 A Loaf of Bread, a Gallon of Milk and a Urine Sample
Grocery & Convenience
Jun 16, 2016 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – June 2016
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Jun 10, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Jun 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: The Sherwin-Williams Co.
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Jun 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc.
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Jun 8, 2016 CSG Snapshot: The Marmaxx Group
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Jun 6, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Costco Wholesale Corp.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Jun 6, 2016 CSG Snapshot: SUPERVALU Inc.
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
May 27, 2016 Looking Beyond the Big Three: Small Chain Growth Done Right
Drug & HBC
May 26, 2016 Gloom and Doom at Sears and Kmart
Apparel & Department
May 26, 2016 Blaze-ing through the Numbers
Commercial Real Estate
May 26, 2016 Digging into Jersey Mike’s
Restaurant & Foodservice
May 26, 2016 Lowe’s + Rona: The Shape of the Industry after the Deal
Home Center & Hardware
May 24, 2016 Amazon’s Prime Time Is Now
Retail & Food Technology
May 23, 2016 Catching Up with Amazon
Discount & Specialty
May 23, 2016 Goodbye Texas, So Long Iowa: The Fresh Market Looks East
Grocery & Convenience
May 19, 2016 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – May 2016
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
May 13, 2016 CSG Snapshot: General Nutrition Centers, Inc.
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
May 12, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Lowe’s Companies Inc.
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
May 11, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Blaze Pizza LLC
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
May 11, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Lululemon Athletica Inc.
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
May 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
May 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Aldi Inc.
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Apr 29, 2016 CVS + Curbside: Please Stay Seated
Drug & HBC
Apr 28, 2016 State of the Restaurant Industry
Restaurant & Foodservice
Apr 28, 2016 Fastenal’s Struggles Continue Relative to Past Performance
Home Center & Hardware
Apr 27, 2016 New Starbucks Covering Full Range of Sizes
Commercial Real Estate
Apr 27, 2016 Tough Times for Teen Retailers of the Past
Apparel & Department
Apr 26, 2016 Big Pizza and the Digital Order
Retail & Food Technology
Apr 25, 2016 Are Dollars Opening Up In Your Town?
Discount & Specialty
Apr 25, 2016 Kroger market share across the country
Grocery & Convenience
Apr 21, 2016 DATATRAC: Restaurant & Foodservice – April 2016
Restaurant & Foodservice eUpdate
Apr 15, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Rite Aid Corporation
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Apr 14, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Lumber Liquidators
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Apr 14, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Arby’s Restaurant Group
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Apr 13, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Pacific Sunwear of California Inc.
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Apr 11, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot
Apr 11, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Sprouts Farmers Markets
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Mar 24, 2016 Gator: Tenants & Facilities Leads
Commercial Real Estate
Mar 22, 2016 CSG’s Gator: Cutting through the Data Clutter
Restaurant & Foodservice
Mar 22, 2016 Gator: Small Bites out of Big Data
SmartData
Mar 11, 2016 CSG Snapshot: PharmaSave Drugs (National) Ltd.
Drug & HBC Company Snapshot
Mar 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: CKE Restaurants Inc.
Restaurant & Foodservice Company Snapshot
Mar 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Harbor Freight Tools
Home Center & Hardware Company Snapshot
Mar 9, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Kohl’s Corporation
Apparel & Department Company Snapshot
Mar 7, 2016 CSG Snapshot: Kroger Co.
Grocery & Convenience Company Snapshot
Mar 7, 2016 CSG Snapshot: O’Reilly Automotive, Inc.
Discount & Specialty Company Snapshot