Baseball celebration on deck
Minnesotans are a hardy lot, and that’s a good thing considering an “outdoor” ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 13, for the dedication of Target Plaza at Target Field. The plaza is a walking bridge and a public space that connects Target Field to downtown Minneapolis and is intended to serve as a gathering place for pre- and post-game activities. Some of the features include nine 40-foot baseball bat-inspired topiaries, an oversized bronze baseball glove, the Twins Tradition Wall, legend statues, Twins Hall of Fame pennants, a Minnesota baseball history monument and a wind-powered wall installation called the “The Wave” designed by artist Ned Kahn.
Agrand opening and dedication event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Target plans to bring a taste of summer to the plaza with a warm weather-inspired outdoor festival including music, interactive activities and food for the entire family. March may not be the ideal time for an outdoor event in Minneapolis considering the weather could range from the low single digits to a relatively balmy 50 degrees, but the timing is driven by the fact that March 13 is the first day single game tickets for the Minnesota Twins go on sale for the inaugural season at Target Field.
Best Buy opens Magnolia concept in Orange County, Calif.
MINNEAPOLIS and ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. Best Buy announced that it has expanded its Magnolia Home Theater concept in the Orange County area. The retailer will open a new Magnolia Design Center in the Costa Mesa Best Buy store.
According to the company, the new design center is the first-of-its-kind within a Best Buy store in Southern California and one of only eight Magnolia Design Centers the nation. The new store will offer high-performance audio and video solutions with a broad assortment of premium brands, such as McIntosh, MartinLogan, Pioneer Elite, Sonus faber and Control4. The design center will also offer state-of-the-art services like solar solutions, whole home automation and outdoor electronics.
“Magnolia Designs Centers provide a unique shopping environment for the home theater enthusiast,” said Steve Delp, COO of Magnolia Audio Video. “We believe our customers in the Orange County area will benefit from not only having exclusive brands, services and selection but also unparalleled experts to help create customized entertainment and home automation systems to fit their lifestyle.”
Lowe’s announces promotions
MOORESVILLE, N.C. Lowe’s has announced two promotions in its human resources and store planning areas.
Cedric Coco was recently promoted to SVP, learning and organizational development, having served as VP in that role since joining the company in 2008 from Microsoft. He is responsible for enterprise-wide leadership development, talent acquisition, talent management and learning strategies as well as the company’s diversity efforts.
Ronnie Damron has been promoted to SVP store planning and environment. Damron has served since 2006 as VP, new store set-up and remerchandising. He joined Lowe’s in 1979 in the Pikeville, Ky. store and has served as store manager, district manager and regional vice president.
Damron replaces long-time merchandising and store planning executive Vaughn Hayes, who announced his retirement, effective March 5, after nearly 39 years with the company.