Foot Locker, Inc. Completes Acquisition of West Coast Retailer WSS

New York City — Foot Locker, Inc., the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, has completed its acquisition of Eurostar, Inc. (WSS), a U.S.-based athletic footwear and apparel retailer that primarily operates on the West Coast, for $750 million in cash,

Chico’s FAS, Inc. Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Fort Myers, Fla. — Chico’s FAS, Inc. has appointed Patrick J. (PJ) Guido as its new chief financial officer, effective September 20, 2021. He will report directly to Molly Langenstein, chief executive officer and president of Chico’s FAS. Guido has

Saladworks and Frutta Bowls Debut First U.S. Walmart Location

Rochester, N.Y. — WOWorks, the parent company of health-centric fast-casual brands Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek, has debuted its first location in a Walmart grocery store in Rochester, N.Y. The ghost kitchen location will include

Hibbett Promotes its Chief Merchant to Executive Vice President

Birmingham, Ala. — Hibbett, Inc., an athletic-inspired fashion retailer, has promoted Jared Briskin to executive vice president, merchandising, effective immediately. A 23-year veteran of the company, Briskin will be responsible for merchandising, planning, allocation and supply chain. Briskin joined the

Weitzman to Redevelop Grocery-Anchored Shopping Center in Dallas

Dallas — Weitzman will redevelop Meadow Central Market, a 108,778-square-foot shopping center located at the intersection of North Central Expressway and Meadow Road in Dallas. A 29,121-square-foot Tom Thumb store anchors the center, which originally opened in the 1970s. The

Tory Burch Unveils New Store Concept in SoHo

New York City — The opening of 151 Mercer Street, in New York City’s iconic SoHo neighborhood, marks Tory Burch’s return to a downtown location. Tory Burch moved to SoHo right after college and, in 2004, opened her first boutique

Sally Beauty Holdings Appoints New President and CEO

Denton, Texas — Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. has appointed Denise Paulonis as president and chief executive officer, effective October 1, 2021. She succeeds Chris Brickman who will be stepping down. Brickman will continue to serve as president and CEO of

Edible Expands Philadelphia Footprint with 7-Unit Deal

Philadelphia — Edible®, the world’s leader in the gifts and treats category, has signed a multi-unit agreement in Philadelphia with multi-brand operators Nilita Patel, Manisha Patel and Jimmy Shah of ANZ Hospitality LLC. With 1,000-plus locations nationwide, the Patels and

Ace Hardware to Open More Than 170 Stores this Year

Oak Brook, Ill. — Ace Hardware, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world, has opened 110 new stores in 2021, and is planning to open at least an additional 60 stores by the end of the year. Ace operates

BoConcept Opens its 300th International Store in Massachusetts

New York City — BoConcept, a global leader of the furniture franchise industry, celebrated the opening of its 300th store in July with a new location in Boston-Dedham, Mass. “We’re very proud to open our 300th store with our franchise

WSJ Report: Amazon Plans New Department Store Chain

Seattle — Amazon, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, is planning to open a chain of department stores to boost its sales in clothing, household items, electronics and other areas. The news comes from a Wall Street Journal report citing “people familiar

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa Opens 20th Store in Texas

Clearwater, Fla. — Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa, the nation’s largest swimming pool retail, service and repair franchise, has opened its newest franchised location in Lake Arlington, Texas. The new store marks the brand’s fourth location in the Dallas-Fort

Floor & Decor Opens 150th Store

Atlanta — Floor & Decor, a leading specialty retailer of hard-surface flooring, opened its newest location in South Austin, Texas, on August 18, 2021. The opening marks Floor & Decor’s 150th store nationwide and the 20th store in Texas and

DHL Opens Mobile Pop-Up Store at its U.S. Headquarters in South Florida

Plantation, Fla. — DHL Express, the world’s leading provider of international express shipping services, has expanded its network of U.S. retail locations by opening a new mobile pop-up store in Plantation, Fla. Based at DHL’s U.S. headquarters, the 2,200-cubic-feet mobile

Sanitize & Design

— By Andrea Lisbona — Best practices for long term PPE implementation in retail design.   Prior to the pandemic, it would have been rare to consider PPE like hand sanitizer, plexiglass barriers and masks as critical elements in enhancing

David’s Bridal Promotes 4 Leaders to Senior Leadership Teams

Conshohocken, Pa. — David’s Bridal, the nation’s leading bridal and special occasion authority, has named the internal promotions of Andrea Dauphinee to senior vice president, human resources; Heather Braddock to the newly created role of vice president, digital solutions; Heather

West Marine Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — West Marine, Inc., the nation’s leading omnichannel provider of products, services and expertise for the marine aftermarket, has appointed Eric Kufel to succeed Ken Seipel as chief executive officer. As part of this planned transition, Seipel

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa Crosses 500-Unit Mark

Trevose, Pa. — Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, the franchise for affordable massage and facial services, has surpassed the 500-unit mark. Since 2004, Hand & Stone has become the premier massage and facial brand in the wellness space,