Take 5™ to Open 400th Location in September

Charlotte, N.C. — Take 5 Oil Change, a drive-thru quick lube franchise under the Driven Brands family, will open its 400th location in September. Last year, the brand celebrated its 300th-store milestone and has rapidly grown its footprint nationwide by

Service Management Group Partners with Sally Beauty

Kansas City, Mo. — Service Management Group (SMG), a global customer experience management, employee experience and brand research partner to more than 500 brands, has established a new partnership with global beauty products retailer Sally Beauty. The specialty retailer chose

At Home Marks 200th Store Milestone

Plano, Texas — At Home Group Inc., The Home Décor Superstore, has opened its 200th store, in San Diego. This milestone comes after At Home’s recent expansion into California, where the home décor retailer currently operates two stores with the

Williams-Sonoma President to Resign; Successor is Named

San Francisco — Janet Hayes, president of the Williams Sonoma brand, is resigning from the company after 12 years of service on August 1, 2019. She will be succeeded by Ryan Ross, executive vice president of Emerging Brands with the

Blink Fitness Appoints President of Franchising

New York City — Blink Fitness, a premium-quality, value-based fitness concept, has appointed franchising industry veteran Thomas Flaherty as president of franchising, a newly created position. In this role, Flaherty will oversee the entire franchise business, including directing the brand’s

Office Depot Opens 5 New Workonomy Hub Coworking Spaces

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot, Inc. is opening five new Workonomy™ Hub coworking spaces this week in the Houston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Orlando, Fla., markets. These new shared workspaces are integrated into existing Office Depot retail locations and

Office Depot Releases New Sustainability Goals

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot, Inc. has released its 2019 Corporate Sustainability Report, incorporating sustainability information for Office Depot, CompuCom and Grand & Toy. Additionally, the report contains the company’s public-facing sustainability goals around energy consumption, transportation emissions and

Destination Maternity CEO Steps Down

Moorestown, N.J. — Marla Ryan, by mutual agreement with Destination Maternity’s board of directors, stepped down as chief executive officer on June 13, 2019. Additionally, Destination Maternity has appointed Gene Davis to chairman of the board. Ryan will remain with

Erwin Pearl Selects Springboard Retail to Power Retail Operations

Boston — Springboard Retail, the leading cloud POS and Retail Management platform designed to help growing brands and retailers drive sales and margin, has partnered with iconic jewelry brand Erwin Pearl. Designing jewelry since 1952, Erwin Pearl — named after

Blink Fitness Builds Franchise Growth Momentum

New York City — Blink Fitness, a premium-quality, value-based fitness concept, has launched a focused franchise initiative targeting key U.S. markets. The strategy targets six regions, including Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C.; Las Vegas and Kansas City. The

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. Names IHOP President as New CEO

Ankeny, Iowa — The board of directors of Casey’s General Stores, Inc. has appointed Darren Rebelez, president of IHOP®, as Casey’s next president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective June 24, 2019. Rebelez will also join Casey’s board of directors.

JCPenney Names New SVP, GMM Women’s Apparel

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has hired Victor Ejarque Lopez, a 25-year veteran of merchandising, product, supply chain and operations, as senior vice president, general merchandise manager for women’s apparel, reporting to Michelle Wlazlo, chief merchandising officer.

Sansome Pacific Acquires 11 Cabela’s Stores for $324.3 Million

San Francisco — A joint venture led by Sansome Pacific, a real estate investment firm based in San Francisco, has acquired 11 locations of outdoor sports retailer Cabela’s for $324.3 million. The transaction was structured as a sale-leaseback with the

IT’SUGAR Opens Flagship Store on The Las Vegas Strip

Deerfield Beach, Fla. — IT’SUGAR, one of the largest specialty candy retailers in the world, has opened its newest U.S. flagship store in Las Vegas. The 6,000-square-foot IT’SUGAR store is located at the Grand Bazaar Shops across from the world-famous

OmniStore Turns Grocery Stores into Small Fulfillment Centers

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Intralogistics specialist TGW and the shop-fitting professionals from ‘umdasch The Store Makers’ have developed an innovative store and logistics concept for food retailing called OmniStore, an omni-channel model that integrates logistics processes. OmniStore combines the strengths

CRG Partners with Crate & Barrel for First Full-Service Restaurant

Chicago — Cornerstone Restaurant Group (CRG), a national leader in the restaurant space, looks beyond traditional borders in restaurant dining to where the customer is consuming today. Widely considered a trailblazer in the delivery space in Chicago, CRG is embracing

Women’s Apparel Chain Dressbarn to Close All 650 Stores

Mahwah, N.J. — Dressbarn, a women’s apparel retailer, plans to eventually close all 650 of its stores nationwide. The New Jersey-based company is winding down its retail operations and plans to assist its 6,800 associates with transition support as individual

JCPenney Names EVP, Chief Customer Officer

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has named Shawn Gensch as executive vice president, chief customer officer, effective June 3, reporting directly to CEO Jill Soltau. He joins the company from Sprouts Farmers Market. “I am delighted to