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10 Bricks-and-Mortar Stores That Beat Online

6. Specialty apparel retailers
Specialty retailers, where there is a strong product-and-service bundle and the service is the big difference, are another form of establishment that won't soon be relegated to Web-only.

Bridal gowns and men's suits, "where trying it on matters and the service of alteration matters," Lobaugh says, are two examples of specialty apparel retailer.

Another example: Jimmy Au's for Men 5'8'' and Under labels itself as the only short men's designer in the U.S. The store began by targeting jockeys and now caters to height-challenged men in entertainment and Hollywood.

"You have to gather good information about your customers and build a relationship," Alan Au says. "I know what most of my customers do for a living. I know their spouse's names."

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