REI Co-op Expands Leadership Team

Seattle — REI Co-op has made two additions to its senior leadership team. Sylvia Wilks joined REI on May 23 as the company’s first senior vice president, chief supply chain officer. Minnie Alexander will begin her role as vice president,

Ghirardelli Unveils Reimagined Flagship Chocolate Experience Store

San Francisco — On May 20, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company reopened its flagship Chocolate Experience Store, located in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square. The space is designed to elevate the customer experience and provides new and exciting ways to celebrate the true

Smart Solution

— By Meg Mason — How Lowe’s has reduced water use and its carbon footprint with smart irrigation.   Lowe’s is focused on reducing its environmental impact while also increasing the efficiency of its operations. To address these goals, Lowe’s

Century 21 to Return to New York City in Spring 2023

New York City — Century 21 is making a New York City comeback, relaunching the beloved institution in spring 2023 at its flagship location downtown across from the World Trade Center. The iconic retailer and purveyor of off-price luxury fashion

Crate & Barrel Launches CrateKitchen

Chicago — On May 17, Crate & Barrel opened a new culinary destination, CrateKitchen, to inspire cooking and entertaining for the modern kitchen and table. Located at the brand’s headquarters in Northbrook, Ill., CrateKitchen will open its doors to customers

GameStop Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Grapevine, Texas — GameStop Corp. has appointed Nir Patel to the role of chief operating officer, effective May 31, 2022. Most recently, he was chief executive officer at Belk, a privately-owned national retailer with more than 300 stores across 16

Vestar, DMB Development to Build Verrado Marketplace in Arizona

Buckeye, Ariz. — Vestar, in partnership with DMB Development, has unveiled plans for Verrado Marketplace, a commercial space near Verrado, an 8,800-acre master-planned community in Buckeye. Totaling more than 500,000 square feet of space, Verrado Marketplace will feature a grocery

Array Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Toronto — Array Marketing, the market leader in end-to-end in-store merchandising solutions, has appointed Alex Bertoldo as chief operating officer. He most recently held the position of vice president of operations for SPX Corporation, a $1 billion global supplier of

Are You Experienced?

— By Charlie Meyer — How brick-and-mortar retailers can leverage in-store technologies to beat the online competition.   The last 2 years have been absolutely awful for owners of physical stores. Online competition has been around for decades, of course,

Crate & Barrel Holdings Promotes 3 Executives

Chicago — Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc. (CBH) has promoted three executives. Alicia Waters, who previously served as chief marketing officer, has been named executive vice president for Crate & Barrel and Crate & Kids. Sebastian Brauer, who previously served

JCPenney Names Chief Marketing Officer

Lewisville, Texas — JCPenney has appointed John Aylward as chief marketing officer (CMO), effective June 6, 2022. Aylward will help advance the company’s omnichannel strategy to deliver a modern, seamless experience across stores and digital. He will lead the marketing

Food Lion Receives Energy Star Partner of the Year Award

Salisbury, N.C. — For more than two decades, Food Lion has been committed to sustainability, and these efforts continue to earn the omnichannel retailer national recognition. For the 21st consecutive year, Food Lion has earned the ENERGY STAR Partner of

Target Updates Leadership Team

Minneapolis — Target Corporation has made a number of updates to its leadership team, including the creation of a brand new role for Target: executive vice president and chief guest experience officer. “Guided by our purpose of helping all families

Old Navy President & CEO Departs

San Francisco — Old Navy’s president and CEO, Nancy Green, recently exited the business. While an external search is underway, Gap Inc. CEO Sonia Syngal will work closely with the Old Navy team to lead through this transition until a

Albertsons and Uber Expand Partnership to Over 2,000 Stores Nationwide

San Francisco — Uber Technologies, Inc. and Albertsons Companies, Inc. have expanded their partnership to include more than 2,000 of the grocer’s banner stores nationwide, including Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, ACME, Tom Thumb, Randalls and more through Uber Eats. This expansion

BJ’s Wholesale Club Launches Smaller-Format Retail Concept

Warwick, R.I. — BJ’s Wholesale Club, a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the eastern United States, has opened BJ’s market, a new smaller-format concept club in Warwick, R.I. BJ’s market is 43,000 square feet, about half the size

Hudson’s Bay Names New Chief Financial Officer

Toronto — Hudson’s Bay, the Canadian store operations under HBC, has appointed Nadira Singh as chief financial officer, effective May 2, 2022. An accomplished, performance-driven executive, Singh brings more than 15 years of experience in finance, project planning and process

MedMen Taps Former Hudson’s Bay Executive as CEO; COO to Resign

Los Angeles — MedMen Enterprises Inc., a premier cannabis retailer with operations across the United States, has appointed Edward Record as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Record succeeds interim CEO Michael Serruya, who will continue to serve as chairman of

C-Store Chain Adopts Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Self-Checkout in 50 Stores

Greensboro, N.C. — Pete’s of Erie Inc., a convenience store retailer with 50 stores across Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, has selected Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Passport® Express Lane™ self-checkout system to elevate the overall customer experience and store efficiency. The brand will install Express

Online Retailer MorningSave Opens First Brick-and-Mortar Store

Plano, Texas — MorningSave, a top-selling flash sale website, is expanding with its first-ever brick-and-mortar store. Bridging the gap between online deals to in-person experiences, the e-commerce-savvy retailer will share deals from top national brand manufacturers at its new location

U.S. Polo Assn. Opens New Flagship Store in São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo — Global, sport-inspired fashion brand U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), is opening its first store in Brazil this April, in partnership with its Brazil licensee, Alpar do Brasil. The 1,000-square-foot

TJX Plans to Achieve Net Zero Emissions in its Own Operations by 2040

Framingham, Mass. — The TJX Companies, Inc., the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide, plans to expand and accelerate environmental goals as part of the company’s ongoing environmental sustainability strategy. As part of its