Chain Store Age announces SPECS/2016 Advisory Board
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New York — Chain Store Age announced the selection of the Advisory Board for SPECS/2016, an annual event produced by CSA and attended by retail and food-service executives involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of stores and restaurants nationwide.
Now in its 52nd year, SPECS will host its 2016 conference in Dallas, at the Hilton Anatole, March 13-15.
The SPECS Advisory Board, which is comprised of approximately 45 industry leaders both from leading retail companies and key supplier organizations, will advise and direct the educational program for the 2016 conference, as well as serve as ambassadors for the entire event.
Five veteran members were named Executive Advisory Board members, charged with team leadership and overall program direction: Aaron Ancello, VP and regional facilities manager, TD Bank; Bruce Brock, manager of new store development, Hungry Howies; Craig Hale, associate principal of RSP Architects; Kent Swank, senior director of construction, The Home Depot; and Parke Wellman, divisional VP of store environment, Helzberg Diamond Shops.
Board members will travel to Chicago on June 2-3, 2015, to begin planning next year’s sessions, and will reconvene in Scottsdale, Arizona, in October to put the finishing touches on the program.
Following is a listing of the SPECS/2016 Advisory Board.
Bob Almond, chairman, NEST;
Sarah Amundsen, senior director of store planning and design, Target Corp.;
Aaron Ancello, VP and regional facilities manager, TD Bank;
Bob Bedard, construction manager-retail stores, Cole Haan;
Dan Beeman, director of construction, architecture and design, The Hertz Corp.;
Sonja Berry, COO, Energy Design Service Systems;
Bruce Brock, manager of new store development, Hungry Howie’s;
Bill Chaff, VP of real estate and construction, Bd’s Mongolian Grill;
Jennifer Chambers, national accounts manager – Versashield, Halex Corp.;
Amy Ciolek, director-development, store design and planning, Walgreens;
Sara Craven, construction project manager, The Container Store;
Tim Dehncke, VP managed services, Quality Solutions Inc.;
Richard Elkins, director of construction services, Firehouse Subs;
Bridget Farrell, director of architecture, J.C. Penney;
Dan Garneau, senior manager of store design, Safeway;
Mike Gordon, facilities manager-south region, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group;
Jim Gorman, senior strategic account manager-national accounts, Benjamin Moore;
Greg Green, divisional VP national accounts, Orion Energy Systems;
Clary Groen, VP of real estate and construction, bluemercury;
Craig Hale, associate principal, RSP Architects;
Steve Hearon, president, BrandPoint Services;
Al Hellaby, senior project manager, Wegmans Food Markets;
Roger Herman, director of national accounts, Springwise Facility Management;
David Kelly, director of construction, Aarons;
Lori Koeppe, operations coordinator, The Buckle;
Robin Baskin Ladner, VP of sales and marketing, Global Facility Management and Construction;
Dave Magill, VP of program management, Ferrandino & Son;
Marvin Miller, VP of national accounts, Comet Signs;
Alan Norton, senior manager of health and wellness innovations, Wal-Mart Stores;
Randy Pannell, VP of construction, Saks Fifth Avenue;
Doug Pellock, VP of construction and purchasing, The Marcus Corp.;
Judah Regenstreif, VP of national accounts, Regency Lighting;
Lynn Robbins, VP of capital projects, FacilitySource;
Mike Rose, CEO, Academy Services Group;
Amy Short, senior interior designer, Ashley HomeStores;
David Shotwell, director of construction and corporate facilities, Biscuitville;
Chris Slocum, president, Cornell Storefront Systems;
Lisa Smola-Hollo, construction project manager, ULTA Beauty;
BiBi Sukey, senior project manager, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M);
Kent Swank, senior director of real estate and construction, The Home Depot;
Kevin Tierney, director of consumer environments, Tarkett;
Renee Tobin, buyer, construction material & services, Kohl’s Department Stores;
Curt Walton, director of facilities, Saks Fifth Avenue;
Parke Wellman, divisional VP of store environment, Helzberg Diamond Shops;
Mike Wolff, president, Timberwolff Construction; and
Daryl Zeis, director – marketing, REC Solar.
Dollar Tree to sell 330 Family Dollar Stores to Sycamore Partners
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree on Friday announced it had reached an agreement to sell private equity firm Sycamore Partners a divestiture package of 330 Family Dollar Stores locations, with the deal contingent on the completion of Dollar Tree’s pending acquisition of Family Dollar. Sycamore Partners intends to operate the 330 stores, which represent approximately $45.5 million of operating income for Family Dollar, under the Dollar Express banner.
"We look forward to drawing on our extensive experience with similar corporate carve-outs in acquiring and operating this attractive portfolio of 330 stores, which have an annual run-rate of approximately $500 million in sales," said Peter Morrow, a managing director at Sycamore Partners. “We have a proven track record of retail success and an experienced leadership team."
Dollar Tree said the divestiture enables it to address Federal Trade Commission concerns regarding its acquisition of Family Dollar. The company said it continues to make progress with the FTC, and intends to close the merger with Family Dollar in early July 2015 after securing FTC clearance.
Google’s new Android Pay: Q&A
On Thursday, Google introduced Android Pay, which will power in-app and tap-to-pay purchases on mobile devices. Here are some comments from Pat Dermody, president of Retale, a location-based mobile platform connecting shoppers with their favorite local retailers, on the new feature:
On the launch: “The launch of Android Pay is obviously in response to the traction Apple Pay has generated thus far.”
On the impact at retail: “Roughly half of the market just received a new option to pay that for the most part, they didn’t have before. While mobile pay overall has been somewhat slow to take off, greater accessibility can only have a positive impact on the adoption curve of consumers.”
On Apple Pay: “Android Pay isn’t going to threaten Apply Pay at the launch. Given the level of adoption, I would hypothesize that very few people will go Android simply because of Android Pay. What it does do however, is remove a potential disadvantage.
For example, if someone was leaning toward purchasing an Android smartphone, but saw the previous lack of Android Pay as an issue, that could weigh against it but again, given the current level of adoption, it was probably not an immediate deal-breaker.”
On Google Wallet: “Timing is everything when it comes to product and service launches and history revealed that Google Wallet was ahead of its time. A payment system popularized by the Apple will definitely have a positive halo effect on Android Pay.”
On the mobile payment market: “The launch of Android Pay is a definite positive sign for the mobile payment market overall. Greater availability on the two biggest platforms is an indicator that the market is well positioned to expand.”