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Hhgregg opens new Ohio store

BY Dan Berthiaume

Indianapolis – Electronics retailer Hhgregg is opening a new store location at the Dayton Mall in Dayton, Ohio, on May 16. The new 23,000-sq.-ft. store will replace a previous location in West Carrollton, Ohio.

“Hhgregg is dedicated to the Dayton community and we think local residents will really enjoy shopping at our new and modern store,” said Jeff Pearson, senior VP of marketing, Hhgregg.

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Former Costco VP joins Abbyson board

BY CSA STAFF

LOS ANGELES — Mike Pollard, retired VP of Costco Wholesale, has joined the board of directors of Abbyson Living, which manufactures and imports living room, dining and bedroom furniture.

Pollard retired from Costco Wholesale in 2013 after a 27-year career. Abbyson Living will look to Pollard for his guidance regarding comprehensive business practices that will directly impact the company’s growth and further mature the value of the brand.

"Some of the goals I’d like to see Abbyson accomplish in the future relate to customer service and the expansion of their drop ship model. They are taking ownership of this drop ship model, bringing it in-house, and I want to be a part of that. I think it’s a very smart thing to do, to take ownership of the relationship with your customer from the beginning to end," said Pollard.

Pollard started with Price Club / Costco Wholesale in 1985 and held various management positions in warehouse operations, international, international, IT and e-commerce through 2013. He played a significant role starting the Costco businesses in Korea, Taiwan and Japan. More notably he played a key role in starting and operating the Costco e-commerce businesses, Costco.com and Costco.ca, from start-up through $2 billion in annual sales.

As Abbyson Living plans to launch its new outdoor patio furniture collections this summer, Pollard’s involvement will be critical in the transitional stage of Abbyson’s evolution into a cross category leader. "I expect Abbyson Living will continue to grow very rapidly. We’ll get into new businesses, new categories of furniture. The lawn and garden and outdoor patio living will be a significant part of the business in the near term," added Pollard.

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Century 21 tries out smaller footprint

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ELIZABETH, N.J. — Century 21 is opening a new concept store at the Outlet Collection Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, N.J. The retailer hopes a smaller footprint will offer shoppers an “elevated shopping experience” with a highly edited assortment of fashion and accessories for men and women.

The Jersey Gardens location will feature state-of-the-art interactive LED screens where customers can share social content in real time. Shoppers will be able to shop with mobile point-of-sale capabilities for top domestic and European designer brands at up to 65% off retail prices. The retailer also plans on reinventing the look and feel of the 32,000-sq.-ft. space every six months to provide new inspiration for shoppers.

"We are always looking for opportunities to expand our brand and will be in great company among the many high-end retailers at Jersey Gardens," said Raymond Gindi, CEO of Century 21 Department Store. "We’re excited to test this new small store format prototype in such a high-traffic area that caters to both locals and tourists."

"We are pleased to add Century 21 to our tenant roster at The Outlet Collection Jersey Gardens. Our primary goal with the $30 million redevelopment of the center is to attract premium tenants carrying top designer brands like Century 21. The center attracts shoppers from all over the world making it a great platform to launch new designer brands and concepts," said T.J. Drought, EVP, leasing.

Century 21 Department Store offers men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, footwear, outerwear, lingerie and accessories along with cosmetics and home goods at select stores for discounts ranging from 40-65% off retail price. The retailer is headquartered in Downtown Manhattan, with other locations in Brooklyn, Paramus, Morristown, Long Island, Queens, Lincoln Square Manhattan and now Jersey Gardens as well as online at C21Stores.com.

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