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A.R.E. names new executive director

BY Staff Writer

Hollywood, Fla. — A.R.E. (Association for Retail Environments) has appointed Todd Dittman executive director, succeeding Klein Merriman, who will retire in August. In this role, Dittman, a marketing and finance executive with more than 20 years of experience, will lead A.R.E. and manage Pave, the industry educational foundation, and the Retail Design Institute, working with each organization’s volunteer officers and boards of directors. The appointment is effective Aug. 1.

Dittman’s experience with industry-leading companies and not-for-profits most recently includes working for Dairy Management Inc. (Dairy Products Promotion) as VP marketing and analysis. Dittman played a key role in the organization’s transformation from generic advertising (Got Milk) to product development through industry partnerships.

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Uniqlo revs up U.S. expansion with 10 stores this fall

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Uniqlo is expanding its U.S. footprint. The Japanese apparel retailer, a division of Fast Company, will open 10 more U.S. stores this fall, in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California.

The new locations, all in shopping centers, will bring the brand’s presence in the United States to a total of 17 sites.

The 10 new Uniqlo locations include:

  • Two stores in New Jersey: Bridgewater Commons Mall in Bridgewater, and Menlo Park Mall in Edison;
  • Three stores in New York: Atlantic Terminal Mall in Brooklyn, Staten Island Mall in Staten Island and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove;
  • One store in Connecticut: Trumbull Shopping Center in Trumbull, Conn.; and
  • Four stores in California: Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, Westfield Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco, and Bay Street in Emeryville.

“Uniqlo is ready to take our next step in our U.S. expansion by opening more smaller-format and mall stores in the regions surrounding our current flagships stores in the Tri-State and Northern California regions,” said Larry Meyer, COO of Uniqlo’s USA business and Fast Retailing Group senior VP. “Our goal is to continue to build brand awareness for new potential customers, and greater loyalty from our fans, with more convenient access to our high quality clothing and exceptional customer service.”

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FRCH Design Worldwide names Tom Custer as VP

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Cincinnati — FRCH Design Worldwide has named Tom Custer as VP, marketing and client development.

Custer is tasked with leading the company’s positioning in the marketplace, including its marketing and PR efforts. In addition, he will assist with new business development for FRCH and build a professional sales strategy for the company.

Prior to FRCH, Custer worked with Interbrand Design Forum in Dayton, Ohio, where he served as executive director, business development.

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