bebe Opens its First Lifestyle Retail Store in New York City

New York City — The bebe® brand has opened its first lifestyle retail store in New York City, nearly a year after announcing it would close all brick-and-mortar stores. Located in the heart of Manhattan at 1 West 34th St., between 5th and 6th Avenues, the store sits adjacent to the Empire State Building. The new store also features bold bebe signage made of 38,000 Swarovski crystals.

Ross Stores to Open 100 New Locations in 2018

Dublin, Calif. — Ross Stores recently opened 23 Ross Dress for Less® and six dd's DISCOUNTS® stores across 14 different states in February and March. These new locations are part of the company's plans to add approximately 100 new stores — 75 Ross and 25 dd's DISCOUNTS locations — during fiscal 2018.

Target to Remodel More Than 300 Stores in 2018

Minneapolis — As part of several initiatives in its accelerated multiyear strategy, Target Corporation will nearly triple the size of its remodel program in 2018, updating more than 300 stores around the country and making sizeable investments in key cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York.

Hertz Names New Chief Retail Operations Officer

Estero, Fla. — Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., has hired Paul Stone as executive vice president and chief retail operations officer (CROO), North America. Stone, who will join Hertz on March 6, brings more than 30 years of operational expertise from his leadership roles with retail giants Sam's Club/ Walmart and Cabela's.

Fashion Retailer Dry Goods to Open 12 New Locations in 2018

Davenport, Iowa — Fashion destination Dry Goods plans to open 12 additional national locations in 2018. The openings are part of the boutique retailer's nationwide growth plans to showcase the latest fashion trends to young shoppers across the country. Dry Goods USA is a subsidiary of Von Maur Department Store. The new stores will open at the following locations:

Saks Fifth Avenue Opens Third Store in Canada

New York City and Calgary, Alberta — Saks Fifth Avenue has opened its newest store and third Canadian location, Saks Calgary. The 115,000-square-foot, two-level retail destination is located at the CF Chinook Centre, Calgary. An in-store dining experience and salon are slated to open soon in 2018.

Art Van Furniture President & CEO to Retire

Warren, Mich. — Kim Yost, president and CEO of Art Van Furniture, plans to retire after 9 years with the company. In order to ensure a seamless leadership transition, Yost will maintain his current role until a successor has been appointed. Art Van has commenced a process to identify and evaluate candidates for the position.

Custom Apparel Brand INDOCHINO Builds Retail Network With 4 New Locations

Vancouver, B.C. — INDOCHINO, the global leader in made-to-measure apparel, is launching a “designed by you” showroom experience this spring in key U.S. markets: Charlotte, N.C.; Houston; Austin, Texas; and Dallas. The locations are four of several new showrooms slated for 2018 as the company continues to accelerate expansion and transform retail by making luxury custom clothing an affordable reality for millions of men.

Albertsons to Buy Rite Aid

Boise, Idaho — Boise, Idaho-based grocery chain Albertsons Cos. has agreed to acquire Rite Aid Corp., one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, for an undisclosed sum. The integrated company will operate about 4,900 locations, 4,350 pharmacy counters, and 320 clinics across 38 states and Washington, D.C., serving more than 40 million customers per week.

Gap Brand President to Depart Gap, Inc.

San Francisco — Jeff Kirwan, president and CEO of Gap brand, will leave Gap Inc. A search is underway for a new president of Gap brand. In the interim, Brent Hyder, currently serving as Gap Inc.’s executive vice president, global talent and sustainability, will oversee the brand.

Kroger Opens Culinary Innovation Center in Cincinnati

Cincinnati — Kroger has opened its Culinary Innovation Center in downtown Cincinnati. Kroger commenced construction on the 12,000-square-feet, LEED-designed Center in March 2017. The commercial kitchen features multiple cooking stations, spaces and capabilities, including technology that allows video streaming of educational sessions to Kroger associates across the country.

FAO Schwarz Plans Global Expansion

New York City — Subsequent to its successful re-launch in 2017, the iconic toy retailer FAO Schwarz continues its international growth strategy, propelling the brand into new global markets, channels and categories. FAO Schwarz also recently revealed plans to build a new 20,000-square-foot flagship location in the heart of New York's historic Rockefeller Plaza in time for the holiday 2018 season.

Big Lots Names SVP, Chief Customer Officer

Columbus, Ohio — Big Lots, Inc. has appointed Stephen M. Haffer as senior vice president, chief customer officer. He joins the company from American Signature, Inc., where he most recently served as chief innovation officer.

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