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Boston Barricades and Premier Barricades complete merger

BY Marianne Wilson

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Boston Barricade Company and Premier Barricades announced the completion of its merger, effective January 1, 2014, resulting in the largest provider of sustainable modular construction barricades in North America.

Together, Premier Barricades and Boston Barricade Company service shopping malls, retailers, airports, hotels, and hospitals with their modular construction barricades, providing a green alternative to standard dry-wall enclosures. The combined organization will operate under the Boston Barricade Company umbrella nationwide. With the addition of Premier Barricades’ Temecula and Sacramento, Calif., service centers, the company will now consist of 12 locations across the United States and Canada.

In addition to providing sustainable modular barricades, Boston Barricade manages national branding initiatives with its large-format graphics services bundled with the modular barricade installations.

Boston Barricade Company president, Robert Putnam, and Conor Loushin, Premier Barricades president, issued the following joint statement: "We believe this merger enhances our commitment to serve our customers with better products, services, and expertise. Our organization is customer-centric and both organizations share a similar philosophy and practice."

Boston Barricade Company is the largest sustainable modular construction barricade company in North America. Headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., the company operates multiple service centers around the country, allowing it to serve its customer-base of national retailers, mall developers, airports, hotels, hospitals, and general contractors.

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Sugarfina, Beverly Hills, Calif.

BY CSA STAFF
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Online premium-candy marketer Sugarfina has opened its first retail location, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 1,400-sq.-ft. space is designed as a luxury candy boutique, with a large glass skylight and airy bubble chandeliers that hang like clouds in the sky. Sugarfina candy in hundreds of colors line the walls on thin floating shelves — the candy appears to be floating.

Sugarfina features the brand’s signature turquoise Bento Boxes, and encourages consumers to customize their own box by selecting from over 140 candies from around the world. The store also boasts a candy tasting bar, with a selection of 60 candies on regular rotation. (According to the company, 40% of its candies are not available anywhere else in the United States.)

The brand, which made its online debut in 2012, was founded by Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick. Before Sugarfina, O’Neil was director of marketing for Barbie, and Resnick was the co-founder and president of Pandemic Studios, a video game developer.


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Sports Authority names Hhgregg exec as CFO

BY Staff Writer

New York — Sports Authority has hired Jeremy Aguilar as CFO. Aguilar, who most recently served as CFO of Hhgregg, replaces former Sports Authority CFO Tom Hendrickson, who retired from the company.

“Jeremy’s expertise in finance and accounting will play a critical role in further strengthening Sports Authority,” said CEO Michael E. Foss. “He will be a valuable asset to the team; we are thrilled to have him on board.”

Andrew S. Giesler was named interim CFO at Hhgregg last month, when Aguilar announced his plans to leave the company.

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