OPERATIONS

Hollister launches new online product with Keds

BY Dan Berthiaume

New Albany, Ohio — Hollister Co. is partnering with Keds to release an exclusive line that features signature Hollister patterns on Keds sneakers. Beginning Aug. 15, the exclusive Hollister + Keds sneakers will be available only at HollisterCo.com, but customers can view a display inside Hollister stores to see the new patterns.

"Flip-flops are currently the only footwear we sell in Hollister, so this partnership with Keds is a great opportunity for our brand," says Gillian Galner, group VP brand merchandising for Hollister parent Abercrombie & Fitch Co. "We’re really excited because Keds and Hollister are a natural fit. Both brands have a youthful, passionate fan base and Hollister’s Southern California inspired clothes look great styled with Keds sneakers."

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Transworld Entertainment appoints veteran exec to board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Albany, N.Y. — Veteran retail executive Martin Hanaka has been appointed to the board of directors of Trans World Entertainment. Hanaka recently was the interim CEO of Guitar Center, Inc. from January 2013 to April 2013.

Previously, Hanaka served as the chairman of Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. from April 2007 to November 2012 and was the CEO from June 2008 to November 2012. From September 1998 to August 2003, Hanaka served as the CEO of The Sports Authority Inc. and served as chairman from November 1999 through June 2004. From August 1994 to October 1997, he served as the president and COO of Staples Inc. and served as a member of the board of directors.

He is currently a director of Guitar Center and has served on a dozen public and private boards of directors, including Trans World’s from 1998 through 2009. During his prior tenure on the company’s board, he served in various roles including presiding director and chairman of the compensation committee.

"Marty Hanaka brings extensive retail experience and a history of strong leadership to the company’s board of directors," said Robert J. Higgins, chairman and CEO of Trans World Entertainment. "His experience and knowledge makes him an important addition to our team. I am pleased to have Marty back on our board and look forward to working with him."

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Starbucks plans to double Clover locations

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Starbucks Coffee Company is opening its 500th location featuring Clover brewing, with plans to double the number of Clover locations globally by the end of 2014. Starbucks has offered its Starbucks Reserve coffees, a line of rare and exotic small batch single origin coffees brewed with the single-cup Clover system, since 2010.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to significantly expand the availability of our rare and exotic Starbucks Reserve coffees with the introduction of the Clover brewing system in many more stores around the world next year,” said Andrew Linnemann, VP, global coffee quality for Starbucks. “By brewing one cup at a time, using freshly ground beans to deliver that handcrafted cup of coffee to order, the Clover brewing system brings theater to the brewing process and enables our baristas to have rich conversations with customers about our coffee.”

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