RD Management Hires New Chief Development Strategist

New York City — RD Management LLC, one of the nation’s largest privately held real-estate development and management organizations, has hired Christopher Bowen as chief development strategist to manage the redevelopment project of University Mall in Tampa, Fla. Bowen brings over 25 years of national commercial development experience.

Kroger Promotes SVP of Retail Divisions & President of Fry’s

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has named key leadership promotions to support Restock Kroger. Steve McKinney, currently president of the Fry's Food Stores division, has been promoted to senior vice president of retail divisions for the company, effective February 5, 2018. Monica Garnes, currently corporate vice president of produce-floral merchandising, will succeed McKinney as president of the Fry's division.

At Home Opens 150th Store

Plano, Texas — At Home Group Inc., the home décor superstore, opened its 150th store located in Beavercreek, Ohio, on January 31, 2018. The event marks a major milestone in the company's growth plans.

Office Depot Unveils Reimagined Retail Stores

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot, Inc. has unveiled its market makeover of 14 stores in Austin, Texas, including a flagship location — "BizBox: Powered by Office Depot" — that integrate the company's recently launched BizBox offering into its retail locations.

Mattress Firm Appoints New CEO

Houston — Mattress Firm, Inc., the nation's largest specialty mattress retailer, has announced that Ken Murphy will step down as CEO and president and Steve Stagner, executive chairman and chairman of the board, will assume the additional responsibilities of CEO effective March 1.

Art Van Furniture Debuts New Look with New Flagship Store

Warren, Mich. — Art Van Furniture has unveiled a new flagship store in Canton, Mich., its first showroom in Michigan to be built from the ground up in two decades. The Midwestern furniture and mattress retailer is ushering in a new look and a new era in its home state with the two-story, 70,000-square-foot showroom, located on Ford Road opposite IKEA.

Toys“R”Us to Close More Than 180 Stores

Wayne, N.J. — Toys“R”Us, Inc. plans to close 182 Toys“R”Us stores in the U.S. as part of a company-wide reinvention of its brands. In addition, the Wayne, N.J.-based retailer will convert a number of locations into co-branded Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores.

Vixxo Partners With More Than 500 7-Eleven Sunoco Stores

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Vixxo, a leader in technology-enabled facility and asset management solutions, has expanded its client roster with the addition of 7-Eleven owned Sunoco stores. Through this partnership, Vixxo will provide maintenance services to more than 500 Sunoco locations on the East Coast.

Outside the Big Box

The Home Depot is installing rooftop solar systems on 50 of its stores’ rooftops. The company expects all 50 to be operational by spring 2018.

Cole Haan Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

New York City — Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer, has appointed Tom Linko as chief financial officer. He brings a wealth of experience to this role, having served most recently as CFO of Kate Spade & Co.

Circle K Opens Franchise Opportunities in Canada

Laval, Quebec — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (Couche-Tard), one of the world's largest convenience store retailers with over 15,000 stores globally, has announced new full-service franchise opportunities with its Circle K brand in Canada. The expansion marks the first time the Circle K brand will be franchised in Canada with the offer initially targeting the Ontario province.

A.C. Moore Appoints New President

Berlin, N.J. — A.C. Moore has appointed Anthony Piperno as president of the arts and crafts specialty retailer. He assumed responsibilities on January 16, succeeding long-time leader and industry pioneer Pepe Piperno, who will remain actively involved in the company as chairman and CEO.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Names Chief Financial Officer

Katy, Texas — Academy, Ltd. d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors, a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, has appointed Michael Mullican as chief financial officer, effective January 10, 2018. It is a position he has held on an interim basis since September 2017.

Nordstrom Rack President to Retire

Seattle — After three decades marked by expansion and success, Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Rack, will be retiring from Nordstrom in March 2018. Karen joined Nordstrom in 1985 and has held many leadership roles within the company, including president of Nordstrom Canada, where she led the first-ever international expansion of Nordstrom's full-line stores.

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