Dollar General Expands Into Three New States

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General has marked a significant milestone in its company growth by celebrating new store grand openings in Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island — expanding the retailer’s presence to 43 states.

Ross Stores Opens 37 New Locations

Dublin, Calif. — Ross Stores recently opened 32 Ross Dress for Less® ("Ross") and five dd's DISCOUNTS® stores across 15 different states. These openings are part of the off-price retailer's 2015 expansion plans to add a total of approximately 70 Ross and 20 dd's DISCOUNTS locations during the year.

Vitamin Shoppe Names New CEO

North Bergen, N.J.Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., a multi-channel specialty retailer and manufacturer of nutritional products, has hired Colin Watts as its new chief executive officer, effective April 6, 2015. Watts will also become a member of the board of directors.

Petland Hires Former Walmart VP

Chillicothe, Ohio — Petland, Inc. has hired Tony Samples as vice president of corporate stores. Samples will lead Petland's retail store division and oversee the company's merchandising and marketing efforts. He joins Petland from Wal-Mart Stores.

Brooklyn Bound

U.S. Polo Assn.’s new ‘hybrid design’ store opens in the rapidly developing Fulton Mall area of downtown Brooklyn.

Hot Spot, Cool Concept

With almost seven decades of unique, American-made drinkware to its name, today Tervis is ramping up store expansion in tourist hot spots across the U.S.

La-Z-Boy Names Vice President, Real Estate

Monroe, Mich. — La-Z-Boy Incorporated has appointed Jeffrey Fink as vice president, real estate. He will join the company on March 9, 2015, and will report to Mark Bacon, senior vice president and president, La-Z-Boy Branded Business.

Kingsdown To Open 500 Stores in China Over Next 5 Years

Mebane, N.C. — Kingsdown, Inc., the nation's largest independent and employee-owned mattress manufacturer, has signed a new licensing agreement with Chinese bedding producer and retailer, Roth Bedding Technology International Limited, to open 500 stores over the next 5 years.

American Apparel Strengthens Management Team

Los Angeles — American Apparel, Inc., a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor and retailer of branded fashion-basic apparel, has made two leadership appointments. Thoryn Stephens has been named chief digital officer, a newly created position, and Cynthia Erland has been named senior vice president of marketing.

Nebraska Book Company Appoints Interim President & CEO

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska Book Company | Neebo, operator of more than 200 college stores nationwide and one of the largest distributors in the wholesale textbook industry and a leading provider of collegiate retail systems supporting more than 2,000 college related stores, has named an interim president and CEO.

Sheetz Opens 500th Store

Altoona, Pa. — Sheetz, one of America's fastest growing family-owned convenience store chains, opened its 500th store on Feb. 24, 2015. The new store is located in Thomasville, N.C.

Ross Dress for Less to Open Two New Stores Near Miami

Dublin, Calif. — Ross Dress for Less® will open two new stores in the Miami area on March 7, 2015.

The stores are located in Miller Square in Kendall Lakes, 15 miles southwest from downtown Miami; and Fountain Square in Fountainbleau, 4 miles southwest of Miami International Airport.

Aeropostale Appoints New COO and CFO

New York City — Aeropostale, Inc., a mall-based specialty retailer of casual and active apparel for young women and men, has made two executive appointments that realign responsibilities and strengthen its leadership team.

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