J.C. Penney rolls out three shop concepts in 700 stores; second wave set for Sept. 1
Plano, Texas — J.C. Penney on Aug. 1, will open in-store shop concepts for three brands—Levi’s, i jeans by Buffalo and The Original Arizona Jean Co.—in nearly 700 stores nationwide. To coordinate with the back-to-school season, the retailer also is offering free haircuts for kids in its salons in the month of August.
"The back-to-school season presents the perfect opportunity to offer free haircuts for kids and unveil our new Shops, giving customers a first glimpse of what will soon be an entirely new retail experience," said Ron Johnson, CEO, J.C. Penney.
J.C. Penney’s second wave of branded shops will open Sept. 1, and will feature dedicated shops for Liz Claiborne, IZOD, and jcp – a new private brand dedicated to high-quality fashion basics.
The Levi’s shop, dubbed the Levi’s Denim Bar experience, will launch in Men’s with 11 fits and 88 washes. Each Denim Bar is equipped with iPads so customers can access more sizes, styles and finishes through a virtual experience that is also available on Jcp.com/levis. The shop, staffed by Levi’s Fit Specialists, will offer mobile checkout, the first time the technology has been available in J.C. Penney stores.
"Now, customers can pull up a stool at one of our Levi’s Denim Bars and work with a specialist to choose from a curated selection of Levi’s jeans that best expresses their personal style,” said Liz Sweney, chief merchant, J.C. Penney.
J.C. Penney said its in-house Original Arizona Jean Co. line has been completely reinvented with better quality fabrics, including updated prints, washes and stitching details inherent to the heritage brand.
I jeans by Buffalo, a new brand developed by Buffalo David Bitton for men, women and children, will cater to fashion-savvy shoppers who prefer modern clothing with contemporary silhouettes. It will include sportswear, outerwear, accessories and denim.
Last week, Joe Fresh, the Canadian cheap-chic retailer, announced it had entered into an agreement to roll out in-store shops next spring in approximately J.C. Penney stores nationwide. The launch is planned for spring 2013.
CPG exec Dolci aims for growth at airgun company
Veteran consumer packaged goods executive Phil Dolci was named president and CEO of airgun manufacturer Crosman.
The Rocherster, NY-based company is the leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of products for the shooting sports under the Crosman, Benjamin, Centerpoint, Precision Optics, Game Face and Undead Apocalypse brands.
“Joining the Crosman team on the eve of its 90th year is especially exciting,” Dolci said of his new role at the privately held company. “I’m thankful for the opportunity, and eager to guide this organization of dedicated and talented people. Together we will continue the journey of process improvement, continued expansion into new markets, and significant long-term growth.”
Dolci most recently served as CEO of the Jarden Corporation Leisure and Entertainment Group and president of U.S. Playing Card Company, a division of Jarden Corporation. He served as VP with the Sanford division of Newell Rubbermaid and also spent 14 years in the food industry at ConAgra, Dean Foods and Kraft. He received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Chicago.
New York chef joins Sam’s Club brigade
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club announced that Dale Talde, celebrity chef and owner of Talde and the soon-to-be opened Pork Slope Restaurant, both in New York, joins the Sam’s Club Simply Delicious Chef Brigade to help families serve up healthy, restaurant-quality meals in their own backyard.
This summer, Chef Talde created easy to grill, flavorful meal solutions using high quality seafood, meats and fresh, peak-season produce from Sam’s Club including Shrimp Salad made right on the grill and a Korean Grilled Rib Eye with Pickled Peaches. Chef Talde’s grilling recipes and demonstration video are now on the SamsClub.com/meals "Tips & Videos" tab along with photos and printable recipes on the SamsClub.com/meals "Easy Recipes" tab.
"The summer months are ripe with nutrient-packed ingredients plucked at their peak of freshness," said Talde. "The warm weather provides the perfect opportunity to pair your favorite meats with marinades inspired by seasonal fruits. From cherries and peaches to nectarines and pluots, the first-rate stone fruit available at Sam’s Club adds a healthy kick of sweetness to salads, sauces and desserts."
"Summer at Sam’s Club means our aisles are stocked with fresh, seasonal ingredients to inspire Members throughout grilling season," said Shawn Baldwin, senior vice president of fresh/freezer/cooler and demos at Sam’s Club. "Our members gather at the grill more than ever in the summer and we want to provide healthy meal solutions that honor our 200% guarantee*. From peak-season cherries and stone fruit to butcher-cut steaks and sweet corn, Sam’s Club provides simply delicious ideas for every grilling occasion."
Now in its second year, the Sam’s Club Simply Delicious Chef Brigade features nationally renowned restaurant and pastry chefs who create simple, flavorful meal ideas and show families that cooking at home with can be just as delicious as dining out.