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The Weekly Closeout: Pacsun opens dedicated activewear store, FTC proposes new guidelines for mergers

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It’s been another week with far more retail news than there is time in the day. Below, we break down some things you may have missed during the week and what we’re still thinking about. 

From GNC launching into telehealth to Twisted Tea expanding into a new product category, here’s our closeout for the week.

What you may have missed

GNC offers telehealth services for loyalty program members

Health and nutrition retailer GNC announced on Tuesday the launch of GNC Health. It’s a new supplemental healthcare service available to GNC Pro Access members as part of the company’s revamped loyalty program.

GNC said the $39.99 annual fee for an upgraded access membership now includes free healthcare services, including telehealth appointments for urgent and personal care. Members also receive access to 40 generic versions of most urgent care medications and more than 70 generic personal health medications with no co-pays, additional costs or fees required.

The retailer also said its myGNC Rewards loyalty program now offers two new tiers, silver and gold. The new tiers give customers the option to level up to gain access to greater perks and more value, the company said. 

Walmart creates sensory-friendly hours

For customers who live with sensory disabilities, Walmart has introduced a quieter shopping environment. Sensory-friendly hours will occur Saturdays in July and August, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in most stores. During those hours, static image will replace moving pictures on televisions and select stores will turn off radios and lower overhead lights. 

For areas that start school after Labor Day, sensory-friendly hours will begin this coming Saturday. 

Pacsun opens first dedicated activewear store for Pac1980 line

Pacsun is opening its first dedicated activewear store at the Mall of America, the retailer said Thursday. Dubbed Pac1980, the store is named after Pacsun’s founding date and represents a more dedicated shift into the activewear category for the teen fashion brand. The store features a greater selection of activewear than is available in Pacsun stores and is organized by color.

Thanks to “overwhelming success and response” to the Pac1980 line, which debuted earlier this year and features leggings, skirts, onesies and tops, the retailer has added the activewear collection to all of its namesake Pacsun stores as well. Early demand caused some of the athleisure and active styles to sell out, and now the brand is pursuing a rapid expansion of the activewear business.

Pacsun plans to roll out more dedicated Pac1980 stores in the future, according to the release. Others in the teen fashion space have sought to establish themselves in activewear as well. Abercrombie & Fitch launched its Your Personal Best activewear sub-brand in 2022 and American Eagle expanded its Aerie brand with a dedicated activewear line, Offline by Aerie, in 2020.

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Twisted Tea wants hairless backs this summer

Is the hair on your back preventing you from enjoying an ice cold Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea? There is now a solution for that, according to a press release. 

Image courtesy of Twisted Tea


The alcoholic beverage brand is now selling a wax for your back hair amid the current beach weather. The “tea-inspired hair removal system” smells and looks like the company’s iced tea drink, and comes with wax strips and detailed instructions for use. The system is available online through Aug. 1 while supplies last.

“For those who need some extra confidence this summer, we’re back with a ridiculously twisted invention designed just for them,” Erica Taylor, senior brand director for Twisted Tea, said in a statement. “From the beach to the backyard, whether proudly rocking body hair or looking for some help, Twisted Tea is here to provide nothing but fun and delicious refreshment this summer.” 

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