Owner of Gourmet Market Savi Provisions Launches New Concept

Atlanta — Paul Nair, founder of Savi Provisions, has launched a new concept. UPop (short for Urban Provisions Offering Petroleum) will be a high-end food and beverage concept located in a new-to-Georgia gas station Arco. Located in the former Golden Buddha space on

Quicklotz Liquidations to Open Superstore in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas —Quicklotz Liquidations, recognized as one of America’s fastest growing private companies according to Inc. 5,000, plans to open a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at Northeast Mall in Hurst, Texas, near Dallas-Fort Worth. An innovative “bin shopping experience” complete

Buff City Soap Expands in Atlanta with First Buckhead Store

Atlanta — Buff City Soap, a Southern-based lifestyle brand changing the way people buy their everyday soap by providing plant-based alternatives, has opened its third soap ‘makery’ in Atlanta. Located on Roswell Road in the prominent Buckhead shopping district, Buff

Tango Extends Partnership with Big Lots for Post-Pandemic Needs

Dallas — Tango, the leader in Store Lifecycle Management (SLM) and Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) software solutions, has extended its partnership with Big Lots for 3 additional years. Big Lots, a national neighborhood discount retailer with 1,414 stores, is

MARQUE Luxury Names National Business Development Director

Irvine, Calif. — MARQUE Luxury, the industry’s leading provider of certified pre-owned goods, has named Sean Makovsky the national business development director, U.S. He is based in San Antonio, Texas, and will report directly to MARQUE’s leadership team at the

The Vitamin Shoppe to Begin Franchising for First Time in its History

Secaucus, N.J. — The Vitamin Shoppe, an omni-channel specialty retailer of nutritional products, has launched an innovative franchising model for independent operators to open The Vitamin Shoppe stores in their own communities around the United States. This is the first

BJ’s Wholesale Club Plans to Open 6 New Clubs

Westborough, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club, a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the eastern U.S., is expanding its footprint by opening six new clubs this fiscal year. Its newest clubs will be located in Seabrook, N.H., Port Charlotte,

Target Grows Q1 Comp Sales Nearly 23%

Minneapolis — Target Corporation has released its first quarter 2021 financial results, which reflect robust growth in both sales and profitability. Highlights include: Q1 comp sales grew 22.9%, on top of 10.8% growth last year. Store comp sales increased 18%,

Barnes & Noble Owner to Acquire Paper Source

Chicago, New York and London — Elliott Investment Management L.P., the owner of Barnes & Noble, plans to acquire the assets and business operations of Paper Source Inc., which will allow the stationery and gift retailer to emerge from Chapter

Bed Bath & Beyond Names New SVP, General Merchandise Manager

Union, N.J. — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has named Stacey Shively as senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Home, effective May 17, 2021. Shively will report to Joe Hartsig, Bed Bath & Beyond’s executive vice president, chief

Authentic Brands Group and SPARC Group to Acquire Eddie Bauer

New York City and Seattle — Authentic Brands Group, LLC (ABG), a global brand owner, marketing and entertainment company, and SPARC Group, LLC (SPARC), a leading retail enterprise, have agreed to purchase Eddie Bauer, the iconic American outdoor brand, from

Curb Appeal

— By Jayson Hill — Five store redesigns and upgrades retailers will implement in 2021.   If 2020 was a year of survival and adaptation for retailers, 2021 will be the year they make sense of the seismic shifts they’ve

Ashley Stewart Names New Chief Creative Officer

Secaucus, N.J. — Leading fashion retailer Ashley Stewart, Inc., which has 82 physical stores in addition to its e-commerce presence, has appointed Lloyd Boston as chief creative officer (CCO). Boston will assume responsibility for the creative direction of the Ashley

Pet Wants Added 22 Franchise Locations in 2020, Plans 47 More in 2021

Cincinnati — Pet Wants, the Cincinnati-based high-quality pet food and supplies franchise, has enjoyed record-setting sales for the 10th consecutive month. January and February sales increased year-over-year by 35% and 26%, respectively. March is now the second highest sales month

Supplies & Demand

— Interview by Katie Lee —   Demand for pets — and pet supplies — soared during the pandemic. Here’s how Pet Supplies Plus is meeting the moment.     Raise your hand if you adopted a new pet during

Topgolf Opens Fourth Georgia Venue

Buford, Ga. — Topgolf Entertainment Group plans has opened its fourth Georgia venue in Buford. The property anchors Exchange at Gwinnett, a mixed-use development by locally based Fuqua Development near Mall of Georgia. The Exchange at Gwinnett has more than