dd's DISCOUNTS Opens First Store in Pennsylvania

Dublin, Calif. — dd's DISCOUNTS® opened its first store in the state of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, on June 24, 2017. With this new opening, dd's DISCOUNTS now operates 201 locations in 16 states. The opening is a part of the retailer's 2017 proposed expansion program of about 20 new dd's DISCOUNTS locations nationally during the year.

Creighton Construction Completes Shoot Center in Florida

Cape Coral, Fla. — Creighton Commercial Development and Construction has completed construction services for the new Shoot Center in Cape Coral, Fla., located at 1122 Del Prado Blvd. S. The Creighton Construction team was led by project manager Tom Misotti and superintendent Tracy Saylor.

dd's DISCOUNTS To Open 200th Store in June

Dublin, Calif. — dd's DISCOUNTS®, a division of Ross Stores, Inc. will open its 200th store in Manteca, Calif., on June 24, 2017. The 18,000-square-foot Northern California store is located in the Stadium Center at Highway 120 and Airport Way. The new location will increase the store count to 84 in California.

Things Remembered Names New President, COO & CFO

Cleveland — Lisa Gavales has resigned from her post at Things Remembered as chairman, chief executive officer and president. Nelson Tejada has been promoted from senior vice president and chief merchandising officer to president, and Dave J. Helkey, has been promoted from chief financial officer to chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 Billion

Seattle — Online retail giant Amazon has agreed to acquire high-end grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion. The all-cash transaction amounts to $42 per share and includes the Austin, Texas-based grocer’s net debt. Whole Foods Market will continue to operate stores under the Whole Foods Market brand. John Mackey will remain CEO of Whole Foods Market, and the company’s headquarters will remain in Austin.

BCBG Contemplates Sale of Substantially All Assets

Los Angeles — BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC (BCBG) and certain of its affiliates have reached an agreement on a comprehensive restructuring which contemplates the sale of substantially all the assets of the company through a Chapter 11 plan to Marquee Brands LLC and Global Brands Group Holding Limited.

IKEA Canada Breaks Ground on Quebec City Store

Burlington, Ontario — On June 8, 2017, IKEA Canada officially broke ground on its new store in Quebec City. Newly appointed Store Manager Annika Lenoir is setting the vision for the new store, which is on track to open in late summer 2018.

First 7-Eleven Store Opens in Vietnam

Irving, Texas — Seven System Viet Nam JSC (SSV), a master franchisee of 7-Eleven, Inc., will soon open the first 7-Eleven store in Vietnam. The Ho Chi Minh City store will open on June 15, 2017.

J.Crew Names New Chief Executive Officer

New York City — J.Crew Group, Inc. has named James Brett as chief executive officer. Brett, an executive with more than 25 years of retail experience, most recently served as president of specialty home furnishing company West Elm.

RadioShack Closing Over 1,000 Stores

Fort Worth, Texas — This past Memorial Day Weekend, RadioShack closed more than 1,000 stores, leaving fewer than 70 corporate and 500 RadioShack dealer stores around the country. From its beginnings in Boston in 1921, over the past 96 years RadioShack established itself as the go-to retailer for consumer electronics.

David's Bridal Opens First Mexico City Store

Conshohocken, Pa. — David's Bridal has partnered with Diltex, the foremost manufacturer and retailer of intimate apparel in Mexico, to open its first franchise location in Mexico City. The store opened on May 20, 2017 on Avenida Revolucion.

Kroger Division President To Retire

Cincinnati — On June 21, 2017, Paul Bowen will retire from The Kroger Co., where he served as president of the Jay C and Ruler division. His successor will be named at a later date. Bowen spent 46 years with the company.

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