REAL ESTATE

Golfsmith enters South Carolina

BY Marianne Wilson

Columbia, S.C. — Golfsmith International is opening its first South Carolina store, in the state capital of Columbia, with a grand opening celebration on May 3 to May 5.

The 23,500-sq.-ft. store is part of Golfsmith’s aggressive growth strategy in the Carolinas. Adding to its current Raleigh location, the company recently expanded with new stores in Charlotte and Greensboro — with another new store opening in Myrtle Beach later this spring.

The Columbia store has four high-tech golf simulators and an expansive indoor putting green that enable customers to experience the latest equipment. The new location also features GolfTEC, a state-of-the-art in-store improvement center, with PGA teaching professionals and certified coaches to help golfers improve their games.

"Our new Columbia store is nestled between two iconic Southeast golf destinations — Myrtle Beach and Augusta — with some of the state’s most popular courses nearby. It’s a great location for establishing our presence in South Carolina," said Sue Gove, Golfsmith International president and CEO.

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OPERATIONS

Guess names Lazear as chief design officer

BY Staff Writer

Los Angeles – Guess Inc. is appointing Sharleen Ernster Lazear as chief design officer. Lazear will oversee all product categories for the Guess and Marciano brands and report to CEO Paul Marciano.

She previously served in senior merchandising and design roles for Victoria’s Secret for 13 years, most recently as executive VP of design.

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FINANCE

Sports Chalet taps Financial Profiles to be investor relations firm

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Los Angeles — Sport Chalet announced it has retained Financial Profiles as its investor relations firm.

"We have a number of important strategic initiatives in place to drive shareholder value and the time is right to step up our investor relations efforts," said Craig Levra, chairman and CFO of Sport Chalet. "We are pleased to collaborate with Financial Profiles to develop and implement a strategic investor relations program designed to build Sport Chalet’s visibility within the investment community."

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