She said Target, with its new Missoni line, is "a great example of a retailer that's in the mid-end" that is refurbishing stores and introducing exciting products. In turn, she said, they are able to pass costs along to consumers.
"If you want to play the discounters space, that's certainly the name right now," she said. "It's all about creating excitement."
Other mid-priced retailers, such as Gap , are "in a really tough position" and need to do more to create the excitement that will bring shoppers into their stories, Widletz said.
Another exciting retailer is Lululemon Athletica, Widlitz said Tuesday.
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