Bruegger’s launches art contest, new store concept
St. Paul, Minn. – Bruegger’s Bagels opens a new store concept in Woodbury, Minn., today, and is launching a promotional contest to find artwork to place on a large brick feature wall in the store. Through March 31, amateur and professional artists can submit an abstract, two-dimensional design for the wall.
The winning design will be the focal point of the bakery and will be used in select new bakeries nationwide. The chosen artist will receive a $10,000 cash prize. Contest details are available on Bruegger’s Facebook page.
The 2,200-sq.-ft. bakery features an open kitchen with plate glass windows. The inviting, contemporary new interior is flooded with natural light through large windows, and features simple, sleek lines and warm brick juxtaposed with stainless steel accents befitting a working bakery. A large community table and bar seating replace traditional booths and tables and encourage conversation among guests. The new design will be the prototype for all future Bruegger’s openings.
"We are a neighborhood gathering place, and the new prototype is designed to accentuate our bagel tradition while also celebrating new ideas and the creative spark," said Bruegger’s Bagels director of marketing Judy Kadylak. "The $10,000 Artist Challenge is a nod to all of our guests who create the warm, inviting atmosphere in our bakeries."
Stein Mart names former Neiman Marcus CEO to board
Jacksonville, Fla. – Stein Mart, Inc. has named Burton M. Tansky to the company’s board of directors. Tansky was with The Neiman Marcus Group for 23 years, retiring as president and CEO in 2010.
Before being named as CEO of The Neiman Marcus Group in 2001, Tansky was president and CEO of Neiman Marcus Stores. Prior to this, he served as CEO of Bergdorf Goodman, a division of The Neiman Marcus Group, and president of Saks Fifth Avenue. Tansky currently serves as Senior Advisor of Marvin Traub Associates. He also serves on the board of directors of Donald Pliner Shoes and of The Howard Hughes Corporation.
Survey: One-in-four retail employees plan to change jobs in 2014
Chicago — Twenty-four percent of full-time retail employees plan to change jobs in 2014, three points above the average for all workers (21%) and up from 20% in 2013. According to a new survey from Harris Interactive, CareerBuilder and WorkInRetail.com, 51% of retail workers are satisfied with their jobs, down from 60% in 2013.
In addition, 22% are dissatisfied, up from 17% in 2013. For the three-out-of-four (76%) retail workers who have no intention of leaving their current job in 2014, a variety of factors weigh into their decision, with relationships with co-workers (59%), work/life balance (49%) and benefits (43%) topping the list.
“When workers are confident they can find a better job elsewhere, it’s a sign the labor market is improving,” said Rob Morris, director of WorkInRetail.com. “As a result, employers must double-down on efforts to retain top talent. Managers should listen carefully to employee feedback, implement incentive rewards, and consistently recognize strong performance. Reducing turnover builds cohesive teams that lead to positive customer service results and higher sales.”