Ikea to make state debut in Kansas City area
Merriam, Kansas — Shopping center owner and developer DDR Corp., based in Beachwood, Ohio, said Tuesday it will sell 22 acres of land to Ikea Property for the construction of Ikea’s first store in Kansas, located in the Kansas City bedroom community of Merriam, Kan.
Ikea confirmed Tuesday that the City Council of Merriam has unanimously approved plans for this project, following last month’s approval from the city’s Planning Commission.
Construction of the new 349,000-sq.-ft. Ikea is set to begin the summer of 2013, with a targeted opening in the fall of 2014 at the DDR-owned Merriam Town Center. Other tenants in the shopping center include Home Depot, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cinemark, Marshalls, PetSmart, Old Navy, Party City and Five Below.
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Ascena Retail Group announces DC expansion
Suffern, N.Y. — Ascena Retail Group, which operates the Maurices and dressbarn banners, said Tuesday it will launch a 760,000-sq.-ft. distribution center expansion in central Ohio.
Upon completion, the new facility will distribute apparel and accessories for its lineup of brands, which also includes Justice & Brothers, Lane Bryant and Catherines.
“Not only is central Ohio considered a hub for distribution, but the centrality of this location will allow us to deliver 70% of our 3,800 stores within two days,” said David Jaffe, president and CEO.
Construction is being managed by Gray Construction Co. and will be completed in early 2014.
Aldata and EYC merge to become Symphony EYC
Palo Alto, Calif. — Retail and distribution optimization company Aldata said Tuesday it has merged with customer engagement specialist EYC.
Both companies are part of the Symphony Technology Group, and the merger will create a new company, Symphony EYC.
The merger is intended to combine EYC’s customer engagement analytics with Aldata’s retail and distribution optimization execution capabilities, linking customer insights and engagement strategies into retail assortment, merchandising and supply chain execution.
Roy Simrell, president and CEO of Aldata, will lead Symphony EYC.
EYC’s current CEO Tom Buehlmann will remain within the group and become an advisory board member of Symphony EYC. Buehlmann will also move to parent company Symphony Technology Group in another executive role.