December 15, 2014

Bebe Stores Inc. has named Jim Wiggett, who has been serving as interim CEO since June 2014, as permanent CEO and member of the board of directors.

December 3, 2014

Vera Bradley has hired industry veteran-and former Saks executive— Harry Cunningham as head of store development, effective December 8, 2014.

November 11, 2014

Robert Craves, 72, a founding officer of Costco, died last week shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. 

October 27, 2014

Leonardo Del Vecchio, 79, the chairman and founder of global eyewear manufacturer/retailer Luxottica Group who assumed the role of interim CEO on Oct. 14, has reportedly sent a letter to employees reassuring them his return as CEO is temporary.

October 14, 2014

Enrico Cavatorta, who accepted the role of CEO at global eyewear manufacturer/retailer Luxottica Group in September 2014, has resigned due to what the company termed disagreements with corporate governance structure. 

October 14, 2014

Quiksilver announced that Bob McKnight will retire as a senior executive of the company on Oct. 31, 2014.

September 30, 2014

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan struck back at Walmart after court filings were make public in which the discounter said that he and his fellow passengers were at least partly to blame for the injuries they sustained when their limo bus was struck by a Walmart truck because they were not wearing seat belts.

September 26, 2014

resident Barack Obama announced his intention to appoint Matthew Rubel to an additional term as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, a key Administration advisory post.

August 27, 2014

For the first time in eight decades of publishing, Chain Store Age has compiled a list of the nation’s top retail real estate brokers, ranking them based on number of retail transactions in 2013, dollar amount of those transactions and, just as importantly, reputation in the industry. From hundreds of nominations collected from retailers and brokerage houses earlier in the summer, we have selected 15 as our debut “power brokers” list.

August 15, 2014

A brand known for its American craftsmanship has opened a flagship in the heart of the Ginza, one of the premier shopping districts in Tokyo.

July 14, 2014

arbara Turf, 71, former CEO of Crate and Barrel, died July 12, at Evanston Hospital, of pancreatic cancer, the Chicago Tribune reported.

May 21, 2014

Lease-to-own retailer Aaron’s Inc. has named Sharon Lawrence VP finance and Kirby Salgado as VP merchandising.

May 1, 2014
Sweaty Betty

There’s a new high-end fashion activewear brand in town, and this one speaks with a British accent. London-based Sweaty Betty opened its first two U.S outposts last year, one in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, and one in Greenwich, Conn. A third is expected to open in 2014.

March 10, 2014

Two major J.C. Penney Co. Inc. executives who left the company in April 2013 did so without receiving severance pay.

February 25, 2014

Tim Hortons is unveiling a strategic four-year growth plan for 2014-2018 called “Winning in the New Era.”

February 3, 2014

Online premium-candy marketer Sugarfina has opened its first retail location, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

December 2, 2013

A generational shift is afoot that’s about to upend the retail landscape. 

The root cause of the impending transformation lies in changing demographics. By the decade’s end, millennials, also know as Generation Y, will displace baby boomers as the biggest consumer-spending group in the United States. Broadly defined as the generation born from 1980 to 2000, these “echo boomers” will account for approximately $1.4 trillion in spending by 2020, or about 30% of total retail sales, according to Accenture research.

October 31, 2013

MBH Architects appointed team members Eddie Hall and Joanna Wong to associates and has hired Paula DeLiso as its new business development representative.

October 14, 2013

Famous Brands International, the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, has appointed David Bloom to the position of senior VP of strategic development, effective immediately. Bloom has been serving as the chief development officer for Hurricane Grill & Wings since June 2012.

September 17, 2013

Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) has appointed Marigay McKee, chief merchant of Harrods, as the future president of Saks Fifth Avenue.

August 5, 2013

TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies parent Famous Brands International said it has appointed Michael Chao as CFO, effective immediately.

July 24, 2013

Supervalu has named Bruce Besanko as the company’s executive VP and CFO, effective Aug. 7.

July 11, 2013

A.R.E. (Association for Retail Environments) has appointed Todd Dittman executive director, succeeding Klein Merriman, who will retire in August.

July 1, 2013

Famous Brands International, parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, has appointed Neal Courtney as CEO.