SUPPLY CHAIN

Kohl’s to open Dallas DC to support e-commerce growth

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Department Stores said Tuesday it will build a new e-commerce distribution center in DeSoto, Texas, outside Dallas.

The 951,000-sq.-ft. DC, which is slated to open in summer 2012, will fulfill Kohls.com purchases. Kohl’s said it will close on the agreement once the building process is complete.

“This new facility will ensure that Kohl’s is able to accommodate the tremendous growth of our Kohls.com business,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive VP of store planning and logistics. “We currently operate 84 stores in Texas, and are pleased to expand our presence with this new facility. We anticipate creating approximately 400 jobs for the community in a phased approach over the next 3 years.”

Kohl’s has experienced more than a 50% e-commerce sales increase in 2010, and said it expects sales on Kohls.com to reach $1 billion this fiscal year.

Upon the opening of the newest facility, Kohl’s will operate a total of 13 distribution centers across the country. This is the company’s fourth distribution center dedicated to serving Kohls.com customers.

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REAL ESTATE

DDR and Anna’s Linens partner to open three Puerto Rico stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Beachwood, Ohio — Shopping center developer DDR Corp. said Monday that Anna’s Linens will open three of its first Puerto Rico stores at DDR shopping centers.

These new locations represent the most recent example of DDR’s efforts to strategically reduce and reconfigure small shop space at attractive market rents with high-quality tenants.

Anna’s Linens will open in 2012 at Plaza Rio Hondo, a 538,000-sq.-ft. enclosed mall in Bayamon, where Anna’s Linens will occupy a formerly vacant 5,600-sq.-ft. unit. The second store, also slated to open in 2012, will open at Plaza del Atlantico, a 225,000-sq.-ft. enclosed mall in Arecibo, where Anna’s Linens will occupy three consolidated small shop units. At Rexville Plaza, a 132,000-sq.-ft. shopping center in Bayamon, Anna’s Linens will occupy two consolidated small shop units. The new 6,800-sq.-ft. store is expected to open in early 2013.

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OPERATIONS

Bon-Ton names former Lord & Taylor chief as new president and CEO

BY Katherine Boccaccio

York, Pa. — The Bon-Ton Stores said Tuesday it has appointed Brendan L. Hoffman as president and CEO, effective Feb. 7.

Hoffman replaces Bud Bergren, who is a current member of the board of directors and who will transition to the role of the chairman.

Hoffman was the president and CEO of Lord & Taylor since October 2008. Prior to that, he served six years as president and CEO of Neiman Marcus Direct, a subsidiary of The Neiman Marcus Group, where he oversaw the growth of neimanmarcus.com and the launch and growth of bergdorfgoodman.com.

“I am excited to lead the Bon-Ton team as it embarks on a new phase of growth,” said Hoffman.

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