DSW Opens Store on the Las Vegas Strip

Columbus, Ohio — DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse has opened its newest store on the Las Vegas strip. Located in the Showcase Mall on S. Las Vegas Boulevard, the store is half the size of a typical DSW but delivers the experience and spectacle Vegas crowds expect. It builds on the company's recent moves to innovate with nail bars, repair services, custom performance inserts and a new store design, based on its Polaris lab store near Columbus, Ohio.

Lowe's Appoints Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe's Companies, Inc. has named Donald E. Frieson as executive vice president, supply chain, effective August 8, 2018. He will be responsible for the company's distribution centers, logistics, global sourcing, transportation and delivery services. Frieson will report to Marvin R. Ellison, president and CEO.

Nordstrom Names New Chief Technology Officer

Seattle — Leading fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. has hired Edmond Mesrobian as chief technology officer (CTO). In this role, Mesrobian will help Nordstrom continue to bolster its strategy of leveraging digital and technology capabilities while expanding customer reach and engagement.

The Vitamin Shoppe® Expands Executive Team

Secaucus, N.J. — Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., an omni-channel, specialty retailer of nutritional products, has named David Mock, who has served as a consultant to the company since January 2018, as its new executive vice president – chief merchandising and marketing officer, effective July 30, 2018.

Kroger Names New Michigan Division President

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has promoted Ken DeLuca to president of the Michigan division, effective August 1, 2018. DeLuca, currently vice president of operations for the Dillons division, succeeds Scott Hays who was promoted to president of the Cincinnati/Dayton division earlier this month.

Ulta Beauty Opens First Store in Hawaii

Honolulu — Alexander & Baldwin (A&B) is welcoming acclaimed beauty retailer Ulta Beauty to Hawaii. The company opened its first store in the islands at A&B’s Pu`unene Shopping Center in Kahului, Maui, on July 27, 2018.

PIRCH Names New President and CEO

Costa Mesa, Calif. — PIRCH, the innovative home retailer that showcases the world's most admired kitchen, bath and outdoor appliances, has appointed Steve Smith as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Meijer to Transition All Stores to LED Lighting by 2021

Grand Rapids, Mich. — As part of its ongoing effort to increase its sustainability initiatives, Meijer plans to transition the interior lighting of its retail locations to all LED by 2021. The transition will affect all Meijer stores across the retailer's six-state footprint. Meijer expects the change will reduce its lighting electrical use by as much as 50% annually.

Petco Launches First PetCoach Store

San Diego — Petco has launched PetCoach, a first-of-its-kind pet care store concept that offers a whole new way for pet parents to provide complete care for their pets. Now open in San Marcos, Calif., PetCoach offers the highest quality suite of personalized pet services, products and experiences — all designed through a veterinary lens — to address total pet health and wellness.

Shell and HTEC Launch Canada's First Retail Hydrogen Vehicle Refueling Station

Calgary, Alberta (Canada) — On June 15, 2018, Shell and Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC) launched Canada's first retail hydrogen refueling station for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. This is the first retail hydrogen vehicle refueling station in Canada open to the public, and the first of three sites that Shell and HTEC plan to open in Vancouver.

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