Restaurant Technologies Adds More than 1,500 New Grocery and C-Store Customers in 2018

Minneapolis — Restaurant Technologies, the leading provider of cooking oil management and exhaust cleaning solutions, is providing its Total Oil Management solution to more than 1,500 new grocery and convenience store (c-store) units since the start of 2018, bringing the company’s total customer roster of foodservice providers across a range of segments to more than 27,000 locations nationwide.

Payless Pops Up in Times Square

New York City — Payless, a trusted name in footwear and accessories for over 60 years, recently opened its first ever holiday pop-up location in New York City. The temporary store, which opened just before Thanksgiving, is located at 136 W. 42nd Ave., between Times Square and Bryant Park.

Mattress Firm Emerges from Chapter 11 with Optimized Store Footprint

Houston — Mattress Firm, Inc., the nation's leading specialty mattress retailer, has successfully completed its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11. The company has closed more than 600 stores over the past couple of months and now moves forward with an optimized store footprint of approximately 2,600 stores.

IKEA to Open City Center Store in Manhattan

Conshohocken, Pa. — IKEA U.S. is opening its first city center store in the U.S., marking the company’s ongoing transformation and commitment to bringing IKEA into the heart of urban areas. The ‘IKEA Planning Studio’ is scheduled to open in Manhattan in spring 2019.

Billabong Reopens Flagship Store With Focus on Experiential Retail

Honolulu — Billabong, one of the surf industry's most iconic brands, is celebrating the grand reopening of its flagship store at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach on December 1, 2018. Billabong's goal for its expanded and extensively renovated flagship store is to create an experience that is authentic, reflects Hawaiʻi and highlights the significance of Waikiki to the global surf culture.

Express Kitchens Opens 3 New Stores

Hartford, Conn. — Express Kitchens, a fast-growing kitchen cabinet and countertop retailer in the Northeast, celebrated the grand opening of three new store locations in Southington, Conn.; Springfield, Mass.; and Holyoke, Mass., on November 17, 2018.

Beautycounter to Open First Retail Store

Los Angeles — Beautycounter, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based leader in safer skin care and cleaner cosmetics, will open its first brick-and-mortar store at 51 Prince St. in New York City. Beautycounter develops and distributes its own high-performing products — including skin care, color cosmetics, advanced anti-aging, kids, baby and personal care collections.

David's Bridal Files for Chapter 11

Conshohocken, Pa. — On November 19, 2018, David's Bridal took the expected next step of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Doing so will reduce the company's debt by more than $400 million and provide significant financial flexibility to support long term growth prospects. The process is expected to be completed by early January.

Levin Management Names Vice President of Leasing

North Plainfield, N.J. — Levin Management Corporation (LMC) has appointed Stephanie Harris as vice president of leasing, according to Matthew K. Harding, president. This key addition augments LMC’s executive leadership team during a period of strong growth and transactional volume for the commercial real estate services firm.

Marcus Theatres Hires Former Smashburger President as EVP and COO

Milwaukee, Wis. — Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation, has hired Greg Creighton to the newly-created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer of Smashburger Master LLC, parent company of the fast-casual restaurant chain, Smashburger.

DSW Launches New Shop-in-Shop Boutique in Toronto

Toronto — DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse has launched a shop-in-shop boutique called ‘What's the Occasion?’ to deliver a unique, year-round destination for special-event shopping. The concept opened in the greater Toronto area at the DSW Heartland and Vaughan Mills locations, as well as online, on November 1, 2018.

Vuori Opens San Francisco Store

San Francisco — On October 23, 2018, Southern California-inspired Vuori Clothing opened its latest brick-and-mortar store at 2070 Union St. in San Francisco. Vuori's expansion to San Francisco follows tremendous success at its flagship store in the beach city of Encinitas, Calif.

Lowe's Appoints Chief Information Officer

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe's Companies, Inc. has appointed Seemantini Godbole as chief information officer, effective November 12. Godbole currently serves as senior vice president, digital and marketing technology, at Target Corporation.

Daikin Completes First R-22 Conversion to R-407H of a U.S. Supermarket

Orangeburg, N.Y. — Daikin America has partnered with TOPS Friendly Markets LLC to complete the first refrigeration conversion of a U.S. supermarket from R-22 to Creard R-407H. At the TOPS store in Alden, N.Y., 1,200 lbs. of Creard R-407H has been used to provide more than 25 cooling tons in medium-temperature refrigerated cases and displays. It has replaced R-22.

Build-A-Bear Workshop® Plans Seasonal Pop-Ups and New Permanent Stores

St. Louis — Just in time for the holidays, Build-A-Bear Workshop® is bringing its signature Make-Your-Own experience to a variety of locations with new permanent shops inside the flagship FAO Schwarz store at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and inside four Great Wolf Lodge Resorts. Build-A-Bear® also plans to open 10 seasonal pop-up shops at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations.

U.S. Polo Assn. Eclipses Milestone of 1,000 Stores

West Palm Beach, Fla. — USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL), the official licensing arm and national broadcaster of the United States Polo Association (USPA), notes that U.S. Polo Assn. has surpassed a major milestone by opening approximately 1,050 monobrand retail stores globally. Additionally, U.S. Polo Assn. has continued its aggressive international expansion efforts and is now represented in 166 countries worldwide while delivering strong double-digit growth in 2018.

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