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.

Pure & Simple

With an attractive franchise model that matches the popularity of its workouts, Pure Barre has more than doubled its studio count to 200 in just over 1 year.

Smart Savings

BrandsMart USA’s facility in South Dade County, Florida, is undergoing an energy infrastructure upgrade that is expected to significantly increase energy efficiency and enhance the store’s customer experience — and it’s doing it with no up-front cost.

Center Stage

The evolving role of the retail chain COO: Q&A with Will Powell, COO of Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores.

Sally Beauty Holdings Names New CEO

Denton, Texas — Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. has named President and COO Chris Brickman to succeed Gary Winterhalter as chief executive officer. The appointment was made effective February 1, 2015.

Staples, Inc. Acquires Office Depot, Inc.

Framingham, Mass. & Boca Raton, Fla. — Staples, Inc. and Office Depot, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Staples will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Office Depot.

Staples began discussions to acquire Office Depot in September 2014. The agreement has been unanimously approved by each company’s board of directors.

Joe’s Jeans CEO Resigns

Los Angeles — Marc Crossman has tendered his resignation as president and chief executive officer of Joe’s Jeans Inc. In conjunction with his resignation, Crossman will be transitioning to a consulting position with the company. Samuel Joseph Furrow, Jr. (Jay Furrow) will serve as interim CEO.

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