June 2, 2015

Vera Bradley, Inc. announced that Theresa Palermo has been named executive VP, CMO, effective June 22.

May 30, 2015

Chain Store Age announced the selection of the Advisory Board for SPECS/2016, an annual event produced by CSA and attended by retail and food-service executives involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of stores and restaurants nationwide.

May 27, 2015

Domino's Pizza has announced several key internal leadership appointments and promotions, including naming Joe Jordan, 41, as VP and chief marketing officer.

May 27, 2015

Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. has named Marcel Ostwald to the newly created role of senior VP, menswear.

May 15, 2015

The parent company of Albertson's, New Albertson's and Safeway (collectively Albertsons), AB Acquisition LLC, has appointed industry veteran Mark Panzer as senior VP of pharmacy, health and wellness, overseeing the company's 1,760 pharmacies in 34 states across the country.

May 13, 2015

Havertys has promoted Tim Simpson to assistant VP, IT development.

May 12, 2015

Scott D. Fitzgerald has been named VP of leasing and development at Cullinan Properties Ltd. Fitzgerald, who is based in Cullinan’s Chicago office, is responsible for pre-development activities for Waller Town Center in Waller, Texas and Avenue Shoppes at P-83 located in Peoria, Arizona, as well as other new development opportunities sought by Cullinan.

May 11, 2015

Panera Bread Co. has named Drew Madsen president, effective May 11.

May 4, 2015

Potbelly Corp. has promoted Julie Younglove-Webb as its new senior VP of operations. Younglove-Webb will oversee all aspects of company operations.

May 1, 2015

Visa Inc. is expanding its technology research capabilities globally and appointing Min Wang to senior VP of Visa Research Labs.

May 1, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is shuffling a number of key executives and also tinkering with its organizational structure.

April 30, 2015

Our fastest-growing acquirers bought fewer square feet than in 2013. But the deals may be even better.Editor’s Note: The 26th annual Chain Store Age survey of Fastest-Growing Acquirers surveyed retail square footage purchased during the 2014 calendar year.Retail real estate acquisitions slowed in 2014. The year’s five Fastest-Growing Acquirers purchased approximately 10 million fewer square feet than the top five bought in 2013.That may be a deceptive observation.

April 30, 2015

Sean Claessen, executive VP strategy and executive creative director, Bond Brand Loyalty, spoke with Chain Store Age about how retailers can build customer relationships and loyalty in the era of omnichannel engagement.

April 30, 2015

The upcoming Oct. 1, 2015, mandate for U.S. retailers to adopt POS systems that can securely accept and process transactions using EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa)-compliant, chip-based payment cards is fast approaching. Retailers that are not in compliance with the mandate after that date will be held liable for any fraudulent transaction committed with a chip-based card. However, retailers that have not completed — or started — their compliance efforts should not necessarily panic.

April 30, 2015

Tom Lichford, VP retail technologies, NRF, recommends retailers seeking to achieve compliance with upcoming October 2015 EMV mandate take the following five steps:1. CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: “No matter what, start with customer experience,” advised Litchford. Retailers need to determine such factors as whether they will use self-service or traditional POS, customer prompts and screen displays, and how checkout speed will be impacted.

April 30, 2015

Beyond the 10 retail real estate pros highlighted as our Under 40 Rising Stars, we handpicked another 10 as the “Ones to Watch.” Following is an alphabetical list:Crystal Allen, age 31, VP, TranswesternD.J.

April 30, 2015

Canada represents a dynamic market for U.S. retailers looking for store expansion opportunities.

April 30, 2015

A panel of architects, engineers and retailers discussed 2013 California Title 24, Part 6, which is widely acknowledged as the strictest energy code in the United States. And its relevance extends far beyond the Golden State.“As California goes, so goes the nation,” said Ken Kosinski, construction director, Nike Factory Stores, North America, Nike.The updated version of the code went into effect on July 1, 2014, and includes a big increase in the lighting-control requirement.

April 30, 2015

When the International Council of Shopping Centers opens the doors of the Las Vegas Convention Center on May 17 to retailers and shopping center attendees from around the globe, it will unveil a lineup of newly built, underway and redeveloped properties ripe for deal-making.Leasing interest at RECon 2015 is expected to be high, this despite naysayers who have predicted the demise of the shopping mall. Not likely, say those in the know.

April 27, 2015

Weis Markets has promoted Brent Mertes to regional VP where he will oversee the day-to-day operations of 51 stores located in South Central Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.

April 20, 2015

Staples said it has named Peter J. Scala as executive VP, merchandising, effective immediately. Scala will report to Demos Parneros, president, North American stores and online, and will be a member of the company’s executive committee.

April 16, 2015

Saks Fifth Avenue has named Tracy Margolies as chief merchant, effective May 11, 2015.

April 14, 2015

CBRE has announced that LeDonna Spongberg, a retail leasing professional, has joined the company’s Phoenix office as a first VP.

March 31, 2015

PetSmart Inc. has named six new executives to its senior leadership team.  The additions reflect the first major hires by PetSmart’s newly installed president and CEO, Michael Massey.