Dollar General to Open 1,000 New Popshelf Stores by End of 2025

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General has unveiled plans to open approximately 1,000 new Popshelf stores by the end of fiscal year 2025, including roughly 100 stores in fiscal year 2022. Each Popshelf store spans approximately 9,000 square feet and offers…

Toys”R”Us Opening Global Flagship at American Dream

New York — WHP Global, parent company of Toys”R”Us®, is gearing up for the grand opening of a new two-story Toys”R”Us flagship store inside American Dream, the unmatched entertainment/retail center in Bergen County, N.J. The first U.S. Toys”R”Us flagship store…

Ace Hardware Opens First Store Under New Franchise Model in Mexico

Monterrey, Mexico — As Ace Hardware continues to grow globally, Ace Hardware International Holdings, Ltd., a subsidiary of Ace Hardware Corporation, opened its first store in Monterrey, Mexico, on October 28, 2021, with plans to open 13 additional stores by…

Power Play

— By Katie Lee —   Powering through the pandemic, Batteries Plus continues to see a boost in business through multi-unit franchising.     It goes without saying just how challenging the past 18 months have been for retailers, but…

PXG Opens 10th U.S. Brick-and-Mortar Store

Scottsdale, Ariz. — PXG, a global research and development company dedicated to creating the world’s finest golf equipment and apparel, has officially opened its 10th store in the United States. PXG Oak Brook is the company’s second location in the…

Sprouts Farmers Market to Open New Format Store Dec. 1

Phoenix — Sprouts Farmers Market will open a new store in Smyrna, Ga., on Dec. 1. The location will be its first Georgia Sprouts to feature the specialty market’s updated design and layout. Sprouts’ latest store design makes it easier…

Leading Online Auto Retailer Carvana Debuts in Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa — Carvana, the leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, continues to expand its presence in the Midwest, debuting in Iowa with as-soon-as-next-day touchless home delivery to Des Moines, Iowa. Customers can shop more than…

Pet Supplies Plus Projects to Sign 100 Franchise Agreements by Year-End

Livonia, Mich. — Pet Supplies Plus, the largest independent pet retailer in North America, has enjoyed consistent year-over-year growth with 97 new store commitments signed year-to-date for 2021. “Entrepreneurs are going all-in to join the pet retail category,” says Chris…

Food Lion Completes $127 Million Remodel of 87 Stores

Salisbury, N.C. — Food Lion has remodeled 87 stores across Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia for $127 million. Additionally, 73 of these stores have received the Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and…

Batteries Plus Expands Store Development Team

Hartland, Wis. — In response to the strong third quarter which saw the signing of 20 new store agreements, bringing the brand’s total signings for the year to 66, Batteries Plus has made substantial additions and promotions to its store development team.…

99 Cents Only Stores Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Los Angeles — 99 Cents Only Stores LLC has appointed Periclis “Perry” Pericleous as chief financial officer, effective November 15, 2021. Pericleous, an accomplished retail executive, will be responsible for the company’s key finance functions, including accounting, financial reporting, financial…

Advance Auto Parts Launches Carquest by Advance Store Concept

Raleigh, N.C. — Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts retailer, has unveiled ‘Carquest by Advance’ as a new retail concept under Advance’s portfolio of brands. The store model targets the emerging automotive DIY channel and is designed specifically…

MarineMax Expands in Texas with Acquisition of Towboat Retailer

Clearwater, Fla. — MarineMax, Inc., the world’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer, has acquired the assets of Texas MasterCraft. Texas MasterCraft is a full-service Dallas-area towboat dealer that operates primarily from two locations. The Dallas-area market is the largest…

Johnson Fitness and Wellness Acquires Gym Source Retail Stores

Cottage Grove, Wis. — Johnson Fitness and Wellness, the world’s largest specialty fitness retailer and the retail division of Johnson Health Tech, will acquire all Gym Source retail locations across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,…

Boot Barn Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Irvine, Calif. — Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. has appointed a new chief financial officer, Jim Watkins, effective November 1, 2021. Watkins has worked at Boot Barn in a variety of roles since October 2014, most recently as the company’s senior…

Levi Strauss & Co. Makes Management Changes

San Francisco — Levi Strauss & Co. has made a change of leadership in its commercial organization. Sanjeev Mohanty, senior vice president and managing director of South Asia-Middle East and Africa for Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.), will become the…

Fresh Thyme Market to Open New Concept Store in St. Louis

Downers Grove, Ill. — Fresh Thyme Market, a full-service specialty retailer with 70 stores in 10 states throughout the Midwest, will open a new concept store on Nov. 10 at City Foundry in St. Louis. The Fresh Thyme Market at…

JCPenney Welcomes New CEO

Lewisville, Texas — Texas — JCPenney has appointed Marc Rosen as chief executive officer, effective Nov. 1, 2021. Stanley Shashoua, Simon’s chief investment officer, has been appointed as executive chairman of the board of directors after serving as interim CEO…

The Home Depot Names EVP, Supply Chain and Product Development

Atlanta — The Home Depot has named John Deaton executive vice president of supply chain and product development, effective November 1, 2021. He replaces Mark Holifield, who has accepted a role as CEO of a U.S.-based last-mile delivery firm after…