20+ Sears Hometown stores debut kitchen remodeling services
Delran, N.J. — More than 20 Sears Home Appliance Showroom and Sears Appliance & Hardware stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware have unveiled kitchen remodeling services from Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen and bath remodeling franchise.
The stores feature an interactive Kitchen Tune-Up kiosk, where customers can learn about options to update their kitchens, view cabinet door samples and use an iPad to see project ideas and book appointments.
These new kiosks are the first to open from a partnership formed earlier in 2013 between Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores and Kitchen Tune-Up. The partnership allows franchisees and dealers that operate Sears Home Appliance Showroom and Sears Appliance & Hardware stores to purchase a Kitchen Tune-Up franchise at a reduced investment and place a kiosk within their existing stores.
The first franchise group to take advantage of the partnership is Prayosha Holdings, which owns and operates the first 23 locations in the program.
“Customers are always coming into our stores looking for new appliances as a simple way to update their kitchens,” said the company’s director of operations, Joe Coyle. “Therefore, we knew that adding a Kitchen Tune-Up kiosk inside our locations would be a cost-effective way for us to provide them an avenue to take their refresher a step further without making it an intimidating, costly project.”
PBteen unveils first-ever collection with a celeb stylist, designer
PBteen has unveiled an inaugural collaboration with celebrity stylists and fashion designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. The exclusive, one-of-a-kind collection is the first collaboration of its kind for PBteen and represents Current’s and Elliott’s debut into the world of interiors and home furnishings.
The Emily & Meritt for PBteen collaboration blends denim with touches of silver, gold and vintage-inspired glamor. The collection consists of more than 37 products across seven key categories and includes bedding, furniture, lighting, wall décor, decorative accessories and jewelry storage.
“Emily & Meritt are true style authorities,” said Sandra Stangl, president, Pottery Barn Brands. “We’ve had so much fun exploring a new aesthetic with them. They have inspired us to look at teen design and home furnishings with a new sense of energy. PBteen is proud of the collection results, a fantastic and sophisticated look for the brand that will surely delight our customers.”
“We’ve always admired Pottery Barn as a great American brand, and were thrilled to collaborate with PBteen in our first foray into home,” said Current and Elliott. “We loved applying our unique worldview — charming Americana — to this project, and equally appreciated PBteen’s inspired process and celebration of personal style.”
The Emily & Meritt for PBteen collection features the Denim Chaise — a traditional piece of furniture upholstered in relaxed, casual denim. Other highlights include the Butterfly Duvet & Sham, the novel Bunny Alarm Clock and the Needlepoint Icon Pillows. The Emily & Meritt for PBteen Collection ranges from $29 to $799.
Emily Current and Meritt Elliott are a Los Angeles-based duo known for “whimsical and timeless sensibility that recalls classic Americana” who have worked together for more than a decade.
PBteen is a member of the Williams-Sonoma portfolio of brands launched in 2003. It describes itself as the first home retailer to focus exclusively on the teenage market. Categories include: bedding, window treatments, rugs, lighting, gear, decorative accessories, storage and organization solutions and furniture including beanbag chairs.
Home Depot elects CVS exec to board
The Home Depot has elected Helena B. Foulkes to the company’s board of directors. Foulkes will be a member of the finance and leadership development and compensation committees. Her appointment gives the company 11 directors, 10 of whom are independent.
During her more than 15 years at CVS, Foulkes has served as the company’s EVP and chief marketing officer (2009 to 2011), SVP of health services of CVS/pharmacy (2007 to 2009), SVP, marketing and operations services, January to October 2007, and SVP, advertising and marketing (2002 to 2007). She has also held positions in strategic planning, visual merchandising and category management while at CVS.
"I’m pleased to welcome Helena to our board and look forward to the unique insight she brings from her years of retail experience and leadership," said Frank Blake , chairman and CEO.
The Home Depot operates 2,259 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico.