Best Buy names COO of Canada ops
New York — Best Buy Co. named Ron Wilson as president and COO of its Canadian operations, effective immediately. Wilson will lead the business in Canada under the Future Shop and Best Buy online brands.
As SVP merchandising and e-commerce since 2008 for Best Buy Canada, Wilson led the strategic visions of Bestbuy.ca and Futureshop.ca. Wilson previously managed several other units within Best Buy Canada, including merchandising, operations and marketing.
Fashion Outlets of Chicago announces tenant lineup
New York — Fashion Outlets of Chicago, a new mall due to open in August near O’Hare International Airport, on Tuesday announced its tenant list.
The two-level, 530,000-sq.-ft. center will be anchored by a Bloomingdale’s outlet, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Forever 21.
The 100-retailer lineup also includes Banana Republic, Barneys New York, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Nike, and Tory Burch. See the full list here.
The mall will also have nearly 20 dining options.
“The era of the shopper and the community being estranged from one another and the mall as a remote appendage doesn’t work any longer,” said Arthur Weiner, chairman of AWE Talisman, Fashion Outlets’ Coral Gables, Fla.-based co-developer. “We’re integrating fashion, food, art and shopping.”
Report: Publix not interested in acquiring Harris Teeter
New York — Despite rumors to the contrary, Publix is not interested in acquiring Harris Teeter, according to The Ledger.
Publix is in the midst of its first expansion into North Carolina, with plans to open two stores in the Charlotte area in 2014.
Officials with Harris Teeter recently confirmed that the 208-store chain will consider offers from potential buyers.
A February report from Reuters said large grocery chains, such as Publix and Kroger, would likely consider purchasing Harris Teeter, but Publix spokesman Maria Brous brushed off that idea, the Ledger reported.
Harris Teeter No. 34 in the
Harris Teeter No. 34 in the 2012 "Top 75 Retailers & Wholesalers" based on 2011 fiscal year sales of $4.3 billion. was founded by two entrepreneurs, William Thomas Harris and Willis L. Teeter.As of December 2012 Harris Teeter has 211 stores. - Scott Sohr