New Ear Piercing Experience to Expand Physical Retail Presence in 2020

New York City — This month, Studs, a new ear piercing experience that enables consumers to express themselves through earscaping, launches nationwide online and in its first brick-and-mortar location in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood. The company plans to expand

Williams Company Southeast Starts 7 More Target Store Remodels

Orlando, Fla. — Orlando, Fla.-based Williams Company Southeast has started seven more Target store remodels in Florida and Texas for a total of 15 Target stores in 2019. The newest work in Florida involves stores in Brandon, Deerfield Beach, Ft.

Sears to Close 96 More Stores by February 2020

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close 96 underperforming stores by February 2020, according to the retailer’s parent company, Transform Holdco LLC. The closings will consist of 51 Sears stores and 45 Kmart stores, leaving 182 operational

Gap Inc. Chief Executive Officer to Step Down

San Francisco — Gap Inc.’s president and chief executive officer, Art Peck, will step down from his position and from the company’s board. Peck will leave Gap after a brief transition. Effective immediately, Robert J. Fisher, the company’s current non-executive

CVS to Close 22 Stores in 2020

Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS Health plans to close 22 underperforming drugstores during the first quarter of 2020. The pharmacy chain is shifting its model to provide more healthcare services. In its third quarter results of 2019, the Rhode Island-based drugstore

Psycho Bunny Continues Retail Expansion with Atlanta Opening

Atlanta — Psycho Bunny, the men’s contemporary and golf clothing brand, has opened its second stateside retail location at Lenox Square in Atlanta. The brand’s successful pop-up-to-permanent retail strategy was applied to the Atlanta market with the opening of an

Express Kitchens Plans 8 New Retail Stores Across Boston Area

Hartford, Conn.— Express Kitchens is in expansion mode, opening more locations and tweaking the store lineup to include retail showroom in and around Boston. By the end of 2019, Express Kitchens will open three new retail stores followed by five

JCPenney Unveils Reimagined Penney’s Store

Plano, Texas — JCPenney recently unveiled its brand-new store, a completely reimagined format just outside of Dallas in Hurst, Texas, that represents the company’s strategy to put the customer at the center of its business. As a brand-defining store, it

ABG Acquires Barneys New York

New York City — Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a global brand owner, marketing and entertainment company, has emerged as the successful bidder to purchase the intellectual property of Barneys New York (Barneys). Through this acquisition, which closed on November 1,

Wegmans Opens First New York City Store

Brooklyn, N.Y. — The first Wegmans Food Market in New York City opened on October 27, 2019 in Brooklyn. The beloved suburban grocer, which has almost a cult-like following, debuted to a long line of fans waiting in the rain

Wilco to Open First California Store in May 2020

Mt. Angel, Ore. — Wilco, a farmer-owned cooperative, plans to open a new store in Petaluma, Calif., in May 2020. This opening will mark the retailer’s entrance into California and will expand the specialty retailer’s footprint to 22 locations on the

LSI Industries Chosen to Provide Graphics & Signage for H-E-B

Cincinnati — LSI Industries Inc., a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of outdoor and indoor lighting and graphics for commercial, industrial and multi-site retail applications, has been selected to produce and implement the interior graphics and signage program at a HEB Grocery

Casey’s General Stores Taps CKE Operations Chief as its New CMO

Ankeny, Iowa — Casey’s General Stores, Inc. has hired Tom Brennan as chief merchandising officer, reporting to CEO Darren Rebelez. Brennan will lead the development and implementation of the company’s overall merchandising and prepared foods strategy. He joins Casey’s from

Hudson Group to Acquire 34 Brookstone U.S. Airport Locations

East Rutherford, N.J. — Hudson Group, a Dufry company and leader in North American travel retail, has signed an agreement to acquire assets related to the operation of Brookstone stores in U.S. airports from Apex Digital, Inc. Hudson has also

Target Promotes SVP of Operations to EVP & CFO

Minneapolis — Target Corporation has named Michael Fiddelke as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective November 1, 2019. He will be responsible for financial planning and analysis, financial operations, internal audit, accounting, investor relations, treasury, tax and risk.

Bed Bath & Beyond Names New President and CEO

Union, N.J. — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has appointed Mark J. Tritton as president and chief executive officer and as a member of its board of directors, effective November 4, 2019. He succeeds Mary A. Winston, interim CEO. Tritton

Potbelly Inks Multi-Unit Deal to Open Restaurants Inside Macy’s Stores 

Chicago — Potbelly Sandwich Shop, the iconic neighborhood sandwich shop, has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to open shops in Macy’s department stores, adding to the fast-casual brand’s significant multi-unit franchise growth in 2019. “This franchise agreement marks a major

DXL Men’s Big + Tall Rebrands Casual Male XL Store

Canton, Mass. — Destination XL Group, Inc., the world’s leading omni-channel specialty retailer of big-and-tall clothing and shoes, has just converted and rebranded its Casual Male XL store at Keystone Place in Erie, Pa., into a DXL Men’s Big +

Evergreen Devco Breaks Ground on Shopping Center Near Phoenix

Gilbert, Ariz. — Evergreen Devco has commenced construction for The Post at Cooley Station, a grocery-anchored shopping center located at the southeast corner of Recker and Williams Field roads in Gilbert, Ariz. Situated on 23 acres, the retail center will

Saint-Gobain Helps SCHEELS Avoid $487k in Annual Energy Costs

Minneapolis — Saint-Gobain’s SageGlass, manufacturer of the world’s smartest dynamic glass, has completed an energy study done in partnership with SCHEELS, a sporting goods and entertainment chain with 27 stores in 12 states. The study compared electricity usage at two

50-Year-Old Rosedale Center Plans Major Redevelopment

Roseville, Minn. — Fifty years after it first opened, Rosedale Center plans to significantly expand the center by redeveloping a part of the property to create new housing, a hotel, a grocery store and other new retail space. JLL, Rosedale’s

Green Growth Brands Opens 150th CBD Shop

Columbus, Ohio — Green Growth Brands Inc. (GGB) has opened its 150th Seventh Sense® Botanical Therapy CBD mall-based shop. The first Seventh Sense® shop opened in early February. The 150 shops — mostly kiosks and shop-in-shops — operate across 35