Levin Named Managing Agent for Morris County, N.J., Shopping Center

Chester, N.J. — Levin Management Corporation (LMC) of North Plainfield, N.J., has added another quality Garden State assignment to its retail portfolio. The commercial real estate services firm has been named exclusive managing agent for Chester Springs, an approximately 226,000-square-foot,

At Home Opens 4 New Home Décor Superstores in September

Plano, Texas — At Home Group Inc., the home décor superstore, will open four new home décor stores this month, growing its national footprint to 209 locations across 39 states by the end of September. The new stores will expand

Dollar General to Open First Stores in Washington and Wyoming in 2020

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General is currently under construction on new stores in Washington and Wyoming. When completed, these stores will expand the company’s presence to 46 states throughout the country. Stores are currently under construction in Centralia, Wash., (Lewis

JCPenney Names New Senior Vice President, Finance

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has hired Colin Dougherty, a senior executive with more than 25 years of finance experience, to join the company on Sept. 23, 2019 as senior vice president, finance, reporting to Bill Wafford,

Summit Completes Buildout of Luxury Watch Boutique

Chicago — General contractor Summit Design + Build, LLC recently completed the buildout of a luxury watch boutique and gallery at 11 E. Walton St. in Chicago for Burdeen’s Jewelry. Located within the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the historic Gold

Le Tote Agrees to Buy Lord + Taylor for $100 Million

Toronto — Le Tote, a fashion rental subscription service, has agreed to buy Hudson’s Bay Co.’s (HBC) Lord + Taylor brand for $100 million. Le Tote will pay Toronto-based HBC $75 million in cash upon closing as well as a

Neiman Marcus Names New President; CFO to Depart

Dallas — Neiman Marcus Group has appointed Lana Todorovich to as president and chief merchandising officer. She will be responsible for driving the brand’s innovative merchandising offerings which are a key component of its strategic plan. Todorovich joins Neiman Marcus

PUMA Opens First North American Flagship Store

Westford, Mass. — On Aug. 29, 2019, PUMA opened its first-ever North American flagship store, located at 609 Fifth Ave. in New York City. The store showcases an immersive PUMA brand space  —offering consumers a unique shopping experience through innovative

Blink Fitness Inks Multi-Unit Deals Representing Nearly 40 Units

New York City — Blink Fitness, a premium-quality, affordable fitness concept, has hit its stride with multi-unit franchising. In the past few months, Blink has signed three major franchise development agreements representing nearly 40 units in Sacramento, Calif.; Boston and

Nordstrom Names New Chief Merchandising Officer

Seattle — Leading fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. has hired Teri Bariquit as chief merchandising officer. In this newly created role, Bariquit will serve as a member of the company’s executive team, leading the full-price and off-price merchandising areas. She will

Disney and Target Team Up to Open Disney Store Shop-in-Shops

Minneapolis — The Walt Disney Company and Target Corporation have formed a creative retail collaboration to help bring the magic of Disney to the joy of shopping at Target. The collaboration encompasses experiential retail and merchandising — including the launch

2nd STREET NoHo to Open in October in Manhattan

Nagoya, Japan — 2nd STREET USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Japan-based GEO Holdings Corporation, will open 2nd STREET NoHo in Manhattan in mid-October as part of its ongoing international expansion. The retailer plans to have 10 U.S. stores by the

Nordstrom to Open New NYC Flagship Store in October

Seattle — Located at 225 West 57th St., near Columbus Circle in New York City, a 320,000-square-foot flagship store for Nordstrom will open on October 24, 2019. Developed by Extell Development Company and designed by Callison RTKL, the new Nordstrom

JCPenney Appoints New Senior Vice President, GMM Home

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has appointed Stacey Shively, a senior executive with nearly 25 years of retail merchandising experience, as senior vice president, general merchandise manager for its home division, effective Sept. 9. Reporting to Michelle

Walgreens to Close 200 Stores Nationwide

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens plans to close approximately 200 stores across the U.S. starting this fall as part of a cost-management program. Specific store locations have not been disclosed, but the new closures represent less than 3% of Walgreens’ U.S.

Foot Locker Unveils Washington Heights Community Power Store

New York City — On August 9, 2019, Foot Locker opened a community-based Power Store in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. The new store features a full suite of immersive capabilities for consumers to experience, including an activation

(Right) Size Matters

— By Dan Brickner — Now trending: right-sizing and reducing the store footprint with smaller-format stores. Retailers have discovered there is no longer a “one-size-fits-all” approach to market expansion. As a result, astute retailers are “right-sizing” their retail footprints and

Design For Experience

— Interview by Katie Lee — How The Container Store’s new prototype design enhances the customer experience. When The Container Store unveils a new store prototype, you can bet it is innovative, organized, high-tech, and a completely refreshing customer experience.

London-Based Elliott Completes Acquisition of Barnes & Noble

New York City and London — Barnes & Noble, Inc. has been successfully acquired by Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited. Elliott’s acquisition of Barnes & Noble, the largest retail bookseller in the United States, follows its June 2018 acquisition of Waterstones,

Ace Hardware Selects Deputy for People Management and Scheduling

Atlanta — Ace Hardware Corporation, the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the world, has selected Atlanta-based tech startup Deputy as its recommended people management and scheduling solution to its community of store owners and managers. “Not only does it take less

JCPenney Names New Executive Vice President of Stores

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has hired James (Jim) DePaul, a highly accomplished field executive with nearly 25 years of retail experience, as executive vice president of stores, effective August 5, reporting directly to CEO Jill Soltau.