Gap Inc. No Longer Pursuing Separation of Old Navy

San Francisco — Gap Inc. no longer intends to separate Old Navy into a standalone public company. Additionally, the company has announced that Neil Fiske, president and CEO of Gap brand, will leave the company. “The plan to separate was

Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group Names VP, Finance

Hudson, Wis. — Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG) recently named Erik Meyer vice president of finance, reporting directly to Kevin Fink, president of Standex RSG. In his new role, Meyer will be instrumental in leading the RSG finance team across

First Watch Hires First Chief Transformation Officer

Bradenton, Fla. — Award-winning breakfast, brunch and lunch concept First Watch has hired Greg Barber as its new chief transformation officer. In this newly created role, Barber is responsible for leading strategy development and will partner with First Watch’s key

Bose to Close All Remaining U.S. Stores

Framingham, Mass. — Bose Corp. will close all of its 54 stores in the U.S., as well as many remaining locations in Australia, Japan and Europe in the coming months, totaling 119 brick-and-mortar locations. The Framingham, Mass.-based company, which specializes

Hudson’s Bay Company Names New President

Toronto — Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) has appointed Iain Nairn as president, effective January 12, 2020. A highly accomplished retail executive, Nairn has a remarkable track record of driving profitable growth and transformational change at a wide variety of retailers,

Jack in the Box Inc. Promotes 3 Executives

San Diego — Jack in the Box Inc. has promoted three of its executives: Adrienne Ingoldt to senior vice president, chief brand and experience officer; Jennifer Kennedy to senior vice president, chief product and innovation officer; and Sarah Super to

Dunkin’ Opens First Airport Mobile Cart Location

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’, the on-the-go beverage led brand, opened its first airport mobile cart location, called DNKN Go Cart, in the Destin-Fort Walton, Fla., airport on December 23, 2019. Located in concourse B on the second level, the full-service

First Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to New York

New York City — Warner Bros. will open the first official Harry Potter flagship store in the heart of New York City next to the iconic Flatiron building at 935 Broadway. Opening in summer 2020, the store will house the

Dog Haus Debuts New Prototype with First Wyoming Location

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Dog Haus, the craft-casual concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, will open its first Wyoming location in Cheyenne in early 2020. With this new location, Dog Haus is also introducing its

Painting Company Changes Name to Focus on Commercial Capabilities

St. Louis — PaintSmiths of Missouri is now known as SmithPro Commercial Painting. According to Michael Smith, president and owner, the new name focuses on the professional and commercial capabilities of the business. “Over the years we have evolved to

Farmer Boys Names New SVP of Operations

Riverside, Calif. — Farmer Boys®, a farm fresh fast-casual concept, has added restaurant industry veteran Dave Wetzel as its new senior vice president of operations. In this role, Wetzel is responsible for overseeing both company and franchise restaurant operations. He

MaintenX International Reflects on Successful 2019

Tampa, Fla. — MaintenX International, one of the nation’s largest providers of self-performing facility maintenance, has experienced several important milestones that were achieved in 2019, including the addition of a new division and a new office. “Each year for more

Pier 1 Imports to Shutter Up to 450 Stores

Fort Worth, Texas — Pier 1 Imports Inc., a home goods retailer based in Fort Worth, Texas, intends to shutter up to 450 stores, which represents nearly half of its current store count of 936. The retailer also plans to

Famous Dave’s Reveals Smaller Footprint Prototype Restaurant

Minnetonka, Minn. — Famous Dave’s opened the first of its smaller footprint prototype restaurants in Uptown Minneapolis on December 20, 2019. The new restaurant is approximately 3,000 square feet — compared to the average 6,500 to 7,000 square feet —

Darland Construction Converts Former Kmart into New Retail Center

Topeka, Kan. — Overland Park, Kan.-based Darland Construction Co. has completed the conversion of a former Kmart store in Topeka, Kan., into Wanamaker Hills Shopping Center. The 108,546-square-foot retail property is now home to Ulta, Old Navy, DSW, Five Below

Duro-Last Welcomes New Directors of Marketing and National Accounts

Saginaw, Mich. — Duro-Last, Inc. has welcomed Andrea Fisher as the director of marketing and Dan Ervin as the director of national accounts. Fisher will oversee and execute the branding and marketing initiatives for all John R. Burt Enterprises’ companies.

The Michaels Companies Appoints Former Walmart Executive as New CEO

Irving, Texas — The Michaels Companies, Inc. has named Ashley Buchanan, an experienced retail executive from Walmart, as its new president and chief executive officer designate and appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective January 6, 2020. He will

CBL Properties Completes 12 Redevelopment Projects in 2019

Chattanooga, Tenn. — CBL Properties has made significant year-end progress on its strategy to transform its properties through redevelopment and the addition of new uses. In 2019, CBL completed a dozen projects totaling approximately 650,000 square feet, with an additional

Bed Bath & Beyond Makes Extensive Changes to Leadership Team

Union, N.J. — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is undergoing an extensive restructure of its leadership team, including the departure of six senior members. The moves reflect the priorities of Bed Bath & Beyond’s new president and CEO, Mark Tritton,