Gas Pipe Opens New Dallas Store

Dallas — Gas Pipe, Inc. has added its 14th retail outlet to the company's portfolio of stores in Texas and New Mexico. The new outlet, located in East Dallas, will offer more than 2,000 items in 65 product categories including casual clothing, sporting goods, cards, gifts and novelties, and smoking supplies.



“I'm really proud of the people who have made this expansion possible — the men and women in the Gas Pipe family who are the heart and soul of this company," says Jerry Shults, Gas Pipe’s founder, president and CEO.



The 1,600-square-foot facility operates between 10:00 a.m. and midnight.  "This opportunity to serve the people of East Dallas with our new store is exciting," says Amy Herrig, vice president. "We're thankful for the reception we've received from the community since opening our first store 44 years ago and we look forward to growing into this part of the Metroplex."



Gas Pipe, Inc. was founded by Shults in 1970 in Dallas.

 

SOURCE: Gas Pipe, Inc.

Hudson’s Bay Company Appoints New CEO

Toronto — Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) has appointed Gerald (Jerry) Storch as chief executive officer, effective January 6, 2015. Storch will be responsible for Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5TH, Home Outfitters and HBC Digital. Richard Baker will continue as governor and executive chairman and together he and Storch will compose the Office of the Chairman.



2015 Commercial Construction Forecast

Chicago — Top commercial construction trends for 2015 include an increase in retail and restaurant ground-up construction and a rise in shopping mall renovations, according to national general construction firm Englewood Construction.

“Confident in the improving economy, national retailers and restaurant owners have been adding new locations this year, and we expect that activity to continue in 2015,” says William Di Santo, president of Lemont, Ill.-based Englewood Construction. “Shopping mall owners are also renovating their space to make trips to the mall more experiential.”



“In 2014, many retailers and restaurateurs added new venues as well as tore down existing stores and replaced them with new ones in order to meet brand standards,” Di Santo says. “While there still is ample space for retrofits in empty storefronts, we’re seeing more focus on ground-up construction.”



Englewood recently started three new ground-up projects toward the end of 2014, a Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant in Oak Lawn, Ill., a Seasons 52 restaurant from Darden in Bridgewater, N.J., and a 55,000-square-foot Hobby Lobby at Seabrook Crossings in Seabrook, N.H. In 2014, Englewood completed a ground-up Goodwill store in the Chicago area.



“Over the past few years, the majority of restaurant construction has been confined to upscale activity,” Di Santo says. “That has changed in recent months as consumers are returning in all categories, including fine dining, fast casual and fast food. As a result, we expect a very robust pipeline for restaurant work in 2015.”



Englewood also recently began an expansion at white tablecloth restaurant The Purple Pig in Chicago, as well as the renovation of a Yard House in Kansas City’s Power and Light District. Englewood is also working with Red Robin and Buffalo Wild Wings in the fast casual arena to roll out several new restaurants in 2015.



Investors will continue revitalizing and revamping malls over the upcoming year, such as the Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale, Ill., whose owners recently tapped Englewood to manage the mall’s redesign, construction and tenant coordination.

“The traditional mall has faced an uphill battle as competition from lifestyle centers and online shopping has only increased in recent years,” says Di Santo. “To draw shoppers to malls, investors will be adding entertainment venues, fine dining and other features that cannot be recreated online.”



“People are willing to go out and spend money on services they cannot get at home.” Di Santo says. “Entertainment options, such as new theater and bowling concepts, are both trending for 2015.”



Retail tenants are also relocating within malls from tucked-away corners to more expensive center-court locations that see more foot traffic. To offset the higher rent, national retailers are opting to take smaller floor plates rather than replicate the same size corner location store. For shopping mall owners, this has meant finding ways to reconfigure areas with mall renovation projects to support more retailers with smaller footprints, Di Santo says.



Some shopping mall owners make this new density work by improving sight lines for shoppers. “When more retailers are packed together, some can get lost in the shuffle,” Di Santo says. “Using a retail construction contractor to make both signage and showroom space visible to shoppers is imperative.”



For example, in Englewood’s recent construction of Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and Chicago Sports Museum in Chicago’s Water Tower Place, signage was visible but the restaurant space could not be seen from the escalators. “To bring more exposure, we pushed out the restaurant space to make it more visible and inviting,” Di Santo says. “We expect to see more retailers calling attention to their store locations through creative commercial construction problem solving.”



With the increase in ground-up retail and restaurant construction and the reconfiguration of shopping mall space, national commercial contractors have a lot to look forward to in 2015.

 

 

SOURCE: Englewood Construction

Sherwin-Williams™ Opens 4,000th Retail Store

Cleveland — Topping off three quarters of record growth, Sherwin-Williams has reached a new milestone in its 148-year history with the opening of its 4,000th retail location in the U.S., Canada and Caribbean. The nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies has opened its newest location in Sewickley, Pa.



“The opening of Sherwin-Williams 4,000th store is a landmark occasion for our company,” says Chris Connor, chairman and CEO, Sherwin-Williams.



For more information, visit www.sherwin-williams.com.

David Dillon To Retire as Kroger Chairman

Cincinnati — David B. Dillon retired as chairman of the board on December 31, 2014, after 38 years of service.



As expected, the Kroger board of directors has elected Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chief executive officer, to the additional post of chairman beginning on January 1, 2015. McMullen has served on the board of directors since 2003.



Dillon served as Kroger's chairman from 2004 through 2014 and as chief executive officer from 2003 through 2013. Prior to that, he held a variety of executive positions at Kroger and Dillons Companies, which merged in 1983. During his tenure as CEO, Kroger grew revenue by $45 billion.



Kroger has also become a leader in supermarket sustainability under Dillon's leadership. The company has reduced energy consumption in stores by 35% since 2000 and reduced its carbon footprint by 4.4% since 2006. More than half of the company's 37 manufacturing facilities are zero waste.



Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,631 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 783 convenience stores, 325 fine jewelry stores, 1,293 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. For more information, visit www.kroger.com.

 

 

SOURCE: Kroger

Halco Hires Northwest Regional Manager

Norcross, Ga. — Halco Lighting Technologies, a leader in lamp and ballast product solutions, welcomes Ed Rule to the position of Northwest regional manager, effective December 9, 2014. Rule has more than 15 years of industry experience in various sales and management roles.


“Ed comes to us with a strong background in the lighting industry and has held many sales and management roles in both the manufacturer and the agency sides of the industry,” says Ed Weaver, vice president of sales. “We are confident that he will spearhead continued and exponential growth in our Northwest region.”



Before joining Halco, Rule spent 2 years with Light Corporation as the regional sales manager for the Mountain and Southwest regions. He developed the agent sales channel and hired and managed 13 agencies. Prior to that, Rule was the general manager for CT Lighting Sales and The Lighting Agency where he had key successes in increasing market share and sales.



Halco Lighting Technologies® is a leading manufacturer of lamps, ballasts and fixtures designed for industrial/commercial, residential and specialty lighting applications. For more information, visit www.halcolighting.com.

 

 

SOURCE: Halco Lighting Technologies

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