84 Sprouts Farmers Markets Receive Grocery Stewardship Certification

Brunswick, Me. — Eighty-four Sprouts Farmers Market grocery stores in Texas, Colorado, Utah and Arizona have been awarded Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC). The GSC recognizes Sprouts’ commitment to operational best practices that reduce a store’s environmental impact and save resources. The certification is the latest sustainability milestone for Sprouts, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country.

Edible® International Names New Chief Operating Officer

Wallingford, Conn.— John Merkin has been named COO of Edible® International (Edible®). In this role, he will oversee all franchise operations for the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements. Merkin will also oversee Edible's® supply chain organization.

Walmart Unveils Plans for Expanding EV Charging Stations and Doubling U.S. Wind and Solar Energy Use

Bentonville, Ark. — On April 18, 2018, Walmart announced that suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of the company’s Project Gigaton initiative. Walmart launched Project Gigaton last April, seeking to work with suppliers to reduce emissions from the company’s value chain by a gigaton, or one billion metric tons, by 2030. The emissions reduction progress was shared at Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit, where expanded commitments on solar and wind power, as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, were also discussed.

Art Van Furniture Names President and CEO

Warren, Mich. — Art Van Furniture, the Midwest's Number 1 furniture and mattress retailer, has hired Ronald ("Ron") Boire, a retail industry veteran with extensive leadership experience, as its new president and chief executive officer, effective April 30, 2018. Boire will succeed Kim Yost, who is retiring after 9 years with the company.

Kirkland’s President & CEO to Retire

Nashville, Tenn. — W. Michael Madden has resigned from his roles as president, chief executive officer and director of Kirkland's, Inc., effective immediately, and will serve as an employee-advisor to the board until June 30, 2018. Michael B. Cairnes, the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as acting CEO while the board conducts a search for a new CEO.

Brooks Brothers Marks 200-Year Anniversary

New York City — On April 7, 2018, Brooks Brothers, America's oldest retailer, marked its 200-year anniversary. Since opening its doors on April 7, 1818, in New York City, Brooks Brothers has grown from a small family haberdasher to become a global brand that has shaped and defined American style.

DSW Names New Chief Information Officer

Columbus, Ohio — DSW Inc., a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, has hired Drew Domecq to serve as senior vice president and chief information officer, effective April 2, 2018. Domecq will report to CEO Roger Rawlins.

L'Occitane Introduces First-Ever L'Occi Retail Truck

Washington, D.C. — L'Occitane en Provence, the prestige beauty brand, continues to evolve its experiential retail strategy with the launch of the L'Occi Truck — the first-ever traveling shop experience for the brand. The unique retail store, encapsulated on wheels, presents a new direct-to-consumer shopping model, bringing the spirit and beauty of Provence across North America.

Knoebel Construction Hires New CFO

St. Louis — Jessica Carroll has joined Knoebel Construction as chief financial officer. She is responsible for the administrative, financial and risk management operations of Knoebel Construction. She also maintains financial control systems and develops financial reports.

Sears Wins 3 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Awards

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corporation has been named a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. In addition, the Kenmore brand has been named a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Product Brand Owner. According to the EPA, it marks the first time a company has won all three awards: Retailer, Energy Management and Brand Owner.

Lowe’s CEO to Retire

Mooresville, N.C. — After 25 years with Lowe's Companies, Inc., Robert A. Niblock plans to retire as chairman, president and CEO of the company. The board of directors has initiated a search for his successor, and in the interim Niblock will remain in his current role.

Retail Will Find a Way

The repositioning of existing space into multiple retailer formats is a necessary, and welcomed, evolution of our commercial, experiential and cultural built environment.

Orangetheory Fitness Names New SVP of Domestic Franchise Development

Boca Raton, Fla. — Orangetheory® Fitness has hired Mike Mettler as senior vice president of domestic franchise development. He will be responsible for overseeing the company's domestic growth and expansion, as well as providing strategic leadership to assist the fitness franchise in achieving its goal of having more than 1,100 open studios worldwide by the end of 2018.

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