hhgregg Reopens With New Store Designs in Orlando and Tampa

Indianapolis — Leading appliance, electronics and furniture retailer hhgregg is celebrating its 60th anniversary by unveiling new store designs in several Florida markets, with Orlando and Tampa leading the way. The redesign lets customers reimagine their home living spaces through experiential room settings.

Nordstrom Opens First International Flagship Location

Seattle — Nordstrom, Inc. has opened a new store at Pacific Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, marking the company's first international flagship location. The 230,000-square-foot store offers a curated selection of merchandise from many of the world's best brands.

Forever 21 To Open Three-Level Store in Boston

Boston — Forever 21 has signed a lease for more than 20,000 square feet of retail space at 449 Washington St. in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. The store will have a footprint at street level with two additional levels, a unique concept for Boston retailers.

99 Cents Only Stores Names President & CEO

City of Commerce, Calif. — 99 Cents Only Stores LLC has hired Geoffrey Covert to join the company as president and chief executive officer. Covert was selected by the board of directors for his extensive senior leadership experience in the grocery retail sector, having most recently served as a senior vice president at The Kroger Company, one of the world's largest food retailers.

Kroger Appoints Executive Vice Presidents

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has appointed four executive vice presidents to lead key lines of business, including Mike Donnelly (EVP of merchandising); Chris Hjelm (EVP and CIO); Fred Morganthall (EVP of retail operations); and Mike Schlotman (EVP and CFO).

Francesca's Chief Merchandising Officer To Resign

Houston — Sei Jin Alt, chief merchandising officer of Francesca's Holdings Corporation, plans to resign from the company to spend more time with her family and pursue other interests. The company has initiated a search for a new chief merchandising officer. To facilitate a smooth transition, Alt will remain in her current role until November 20, 2015.

BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. Appoints President & COO

Westborough, Mass. — BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. (BJ's) has named Christopher J. Baldwin as president and chief operating officer, effective September 8, 2015. Baldwin will have responsibility for business operations including merchandising, logistics, membership, marketing and club operations and will also join BJ's board of directors.

bebe To Enter Greater China With Up to 150 New Shops

Brisbane, Calif. — bebe stores, inc. has signed a 5-year exclusive license with Longgoal LLC, a Shanghai-based agency of international high-end brands, to open between 60 and 150 bebe points of distribution in Greater China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The first boutique is expected to open in summer 2016.

West Elm To Launch First Shop-in-Shop Location

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Brooklyn, N.Y.-based home furnishing retailer West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, will open its first shop-in-shop in John Lewis, the UK’s largest department store retailer.

Belk, Inc. To Be Acquired By Sycamore Partners

Charlotte, N.C. — Belk, Inc., the nation's largest family owned and operated fashion department store company, has entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby investment funds managed by New York-based private equity firm Sycamore Partners will acquire 100% of Belk in a $3 billion transaction.

Lowe's Canada Names VP of Real Estate, Construction & Store Design

Toronto — Lowe's Canada has appointed Jeff Boyd as vice president, real estate, construction and store design, effective immediately. Boyd joined Lowe's in October 2007 and has played an instrumental role in the development of the company's real estate and construction function in Canada over the past 7 and a half years.

Cabela’s Inc. Makes Executive Transitions

Sidney, Neb. — Effective August 31, 2015, Brian J. Linneman, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of Cabela’s Incorporated, will transition from his current position and become a strategic advisor to the company.

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