Liquidation of Sears Canada Stores Underway

Toronto — On October 19, 2017, a joint venture (JV) group began operating liquidation sales at the remaining Sears Canada department stores and Home stores. Sears Canada, Inc. plans to liquidate 82 stores (74 department stores and 8 Sears Home stores). A full listing of closing locations can be found here.

Tommy Bahama Expands Partnership With Aptos To Support 160 Stores and Restaurants

Atlanta — Aptos, Inc., a recognized market leader in retail technology solutions, has expanded its partnership with Tommy Bahama. The lifestyle brand and retailer has expanded its investment in the Aptos Singular Commerce platform, adding Aptos Enterprise Order Management and Analytics to support seamless omnichannel experiences and one version of the truth across its enterprise.

Kroger Names New Leadership for the Central and QFC Divisions

Cincinnati — Katie Wolfram, president of the Central division of The Kroger Co., will retire on November 4, 2017 after 38 years of service. Pam Matthews, currently the QFC division president, has been promoted to succeed her. Suzy Monford will join the company to serve as president of the QFC division.

Wegmans-Anchored Retail Center To Break Ground in Raleigh

Raleigh, N.C. — Construction manager Williams Company Southeast will break ground this month for the new Wegmans-anchored Midtown East retail center near downtown Raleigh, N.C., under a contract exceeding $20 million. Regency Centers based in Jacksonville, Fla., is developing the project in partnership with ITB Holdings LLC of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Ross Stores Opens 40 New Locations

Dublin, Calif. — Ross Stores has recently opened 30 Ross Dress for Less® and 10 dd's DISCOUNTS® stores across 22 different states in September and October. These new locations complete the company's store growth plans for fiscal 2017. (Ross added 96 new stores total in 2017.)

Nordstrom Opens at Century City With Latest Store Design

Seattle — On October 3, 2017, Nordstrom, Inc. opened its newest Los Angeles full-line store at Westfield Century City, a re-location from Westside Pavilion. The store offers a new store design and new customer services. Also on October 3 in West Hollywood, the retailer launched Nordstrom Local, a neighborhood hub where customers can access the company's best services in a convenient, central location.

Gymboree Emerges From Chapter 11 Positioned for Growth

San Francisco — The Gymboree Corporation has successfully completed its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 as a new corporation under the name Gymboree Group, Inc., which has eliminated more than $900 million of debt from its balance sheet and is right-sizing its store footprint.

Walmart Supercenter Opens With New Prototype in Quebec

Montreal — On September 28, 2017, Walmart Canada unveiled its brand new Montérégie Supercentre, located in Longueuil, Quebec. The store also marks the official launch for the first prototype store in Quebec featuring many innovations including Scan & Go, as well as the new grocery pickup service.

IKEA Halifax Opens as IKEA Canada’s Most Sustainable Store

Burlington, Ontario — The highly anticipated IKEA Halifax store opened on September 27, 2017 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, near Halifax. The 330,000-square-foot store is the 13th IKEA store in Canada and the first in IKEA Canada's coast-to-coast expansion; the retailer will open 11 additional stores by 2025, doubling its footprint in Canada.

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