New Sheetz Operations Support Center Opens

Philadelphia — On April 19, 2018, convenience store giant Sheetz, Inc. opened its new operations support center in Claysburg, Pa. Designed by CDI Studio One, the architecture division of L.R. Kimball – a CDI Company, the project includes a modern, 115,000-square-foot corporate office building and an adjacent 13,000-square-foot daycare center on a site midway between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

Big Lots’ President and CEO to Retire

Columbus, Ohio — David Campisi plans to retire as the president, CEO and member of the board of directors of Big Lots, Inc. Campisi, who had been on a leave of absence for medical reasons since December 2017, has decided to retire in order to focus fully on his health.

Pure Hockey Acquires Bauer Hockey's Retail Locations

Holliston, Mass. — Pure Hockey, the largest hockey retailer in the U.S., has acquired both of Bauer Hockey's “Own The Moment” retail stores. The new stores will operate as “Bauer Hockey Experience” locations. With the acquisition, Pure Hockey will now operate 53 retail locations across the United States, as well as three e-commerce sites.

Nordstrom Men’s Store Debuts First Manhattan Flagship

New York City — On April 12, 2018, Nordstrom, Inc. opened its very first flagship, full-line New York City location and first-ever standalone men's store at 235 West 57th St. The three-level 47,000-square-foot store offers a differentiated merchandise assortment across all categories, including popular and designer brands, along with a range of convenient services to serve customers on their terms.

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.

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