Kendra Scott Launches First-Ever Store in New York City

Austin, Texas — Austin, Texas-based fashion and lifestyle brand Kendra Scott opened its newest store location and East Coast flagship on September 5 in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. After years of successful pop-ups and shop-in-shop retailer experiences, the new two-story, 1700-square-foot store is the brand's first brick-and-mortar location in New York City.

Kroger to Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Bags by 2025

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. will phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across its family of stores by 2025. Seattle-based QFC will be the company's first retail division to phase out single-use plastic bags. The company expects QFC's transition to be completed in 2019.

At Home Group Inc. Names CFO Transition

Plano, Texas — At Home Group Inc.’s CFO, Judd Nystrom, will be leaving the home décor superstore after a transition period. The company is naming Jeffrey R. Knudson, currently senior vice president, finance and retail controller at CVS Health, as his successor.

Meijer Unveils All-New Convenience Store and Gas Station Design

Grand Rapid, Mich. — On August 27, 2018, Meijer opened a newly-designed convenience store and gas station adjacent to the retailer's Grand Rapids, Mich.-based headquarters. The new 5,500-square-foot convenience store is the first Meijer gas station to include a separate full-service Starbucks. The store also includes an expanded assortment of fresh produce and protein-based snacks, wraps, fruit and organic items, as well as grab-and-go meals prepared locally by Superior Foods.

Lowe’s to Close All 99 Orchard Supply Hardware Stores

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will close all 99 of its Orchard Supply Hardware stores by February 1, 2019. Founded in San Jose, Calif., in 1931 and acquired by Lowe’s in 2013, Orchard Supply Hardware operates locations in California, Oregon and Florida. Lowe’s is closing the stores to focus on its core home improvement business.

Big Lots Names New Chief Executive Officer

Columbus, Ohio — Bruce K. Thorn, a well-respected retail industry executive, has been named chief executive officer and president of Big Lots, Inc. Most recently, he was the president and chief operating officer of Tailored Brands, Inc., a leading specialty retailer of men's tailored clothing and men's formalwear. Tailored Brands announced Thorn's resignation on August 27, 2018.

JOANN Stores Implements ShopperTrak Analytics from Tyco Retail Solutions

Neuhausen, Switzerland — JOANN Stores, LLC, a leading fabric and craft retailer, will be rolling out Tyco Retail Solutions’ ShopperTrak in-store traffic analytics solution to provide insights for the company's 870 stores. An industry leader for 75 years, JOANN recently set a precedent for the future of crafting with a completely reimagined store experience focused on new features and services based on the latest crafting trends. The ShopperTrak solution supports JOANN's customer-first focus, as it will better identify traffic patterns to ensure the right number of team members are available at the right times to offer service and sales in each store.

Lowe's Names New Chief Financial Officer

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe's Companies, Inc. has appointed David M. Denton as executive vice president, chief financial officer. Denton currently serves as executive vice president and CFO of CVS Health and will join Lowe's shortly after the closing of the CVS acquisition of Aetna, which is expected in the second half of 2018.

J.Jill, Inc. Makes New Executive Hires

Quincy, Mass. — J.Jill, Inc. has appointed two new executives to the company's senior leadership team. Brian Beitler will join the company as executive vice president, chief marketing and brand development officer, and Shelley Liebsch as senior vice president, chief merchandising officer. Both were appointed by J.Jill's new CEO, Linda Heasley, and will begin their new roles in September.

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Target Names SVP, Global Inventory Management

Minneapolis — Target Corporation has hired John Bauer to join the company as senior vice president, global inventory management, effective August 20. In this role, Bauer will lead the teams responsible for ordering, inventory positioning, global trade and domestic transportation. He will report to Target's executive vice president and chief supply chain officer, Arthur Valdez Jr.

Rite Aid, Albertsons Terminate $24 Billion Merger

Camp Hill, Pa., and Boise, Idaho — Rite Aid Corp. has called off its previously announced merger with Boise, Idaho-based grocery chain Albertsons Cos. The integrated company would have operated about 4,900 locations, 4,350 pharmacy counters and 320 clinics across 38 states and Washington, D.C.

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