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    The Revolutionary Store

    Kitchen Kaboodle is onto something big. Bigger than bread slicers. Bigger than wine aerators. Bigger than self-carbonating soda machines. In March of last year, the Portland, Ore.-based kitchenware, housewares and home furnishings retailer unleashed a revolutionary retail strategy on a sour economy — and met with sweet success

    The retailer took two bold steps. First, it lowered all of its prices in all five of its stores. Second, to make the lower prices possible, Kitchen Kaboodle cut costs by limiting its hours to four days a week (Thursday through Sunday). This gutsy move garnered international media attention for the stores. It also turned heads here at The Gourmet Retailer, where our editors were looking for the next U.S. gia Award winner — a truly innovative leader in housewares retailing.

    The Global Innovator Award (gia) honors housewares retail excellence around the world. Launched in 2000 by the International Housewares Association (IHA), the gia Award is presented annually at the International Home + Housewares (IH+H) Show in Chicago.
     

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