Leslie’s to open 48 stores this spring
Phoenix — Leslie’s PoolMart will mark the grand opening of five retail locations on April 12. The stores are in Gold Canyon, Ariz., Madera, Calif., Torrance, Calif., West Springfield, Mass., and Magnolia, Texas.
In total, Leslie’s plans to open 48 new stores this year between March and May. With these new stores and its recent acquisition of 24 Warehouse Pool Supply stores in the Houston area, Leslie’s will bring its total store count to more than 800 stores nationwide.
"Leslie’s is proud to be opening new store locations this year to serve our customers and add jobs throughout the country," stated Larry Hayward, CEO, Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc. "Our new stores will offer customers an expansive selection of swimming pool supplies, pool equipment and recreational items.
Post closes Modesto plant
ST. LOUIS — Post Holdings announced that after discussions with the union representing hourly employees at the Modesto, Calif. plant, the company’s management has made a decision to close the Modesto plant. The Modesto plant has approximately 140 employees. The transfer of production capabilities and closure of the plant is expected to be completed by September 2014.
Upon completion of the transfer and start-up of production at other facilities, which is estimated to require capital expenditures of approximately $29.8 million, Post expects to achieve net pretax annual cash manufacturing cost savings of approximately $14.0 million. These actions are intended to allow for reinvestment in Post’s business and to better position Post to compete in today’s competitive landscape.
Timex finds time to launch runners campaign
MIDDLEBURY, Conn. — Timex has launched of "I Am A Runner," the brand’s new marketing campaign that celebrates every runner’s unique personal story. Bringing to life the passion and motivation that unites all runners, regardless of skill level, "I Am A Runner" is an interactive initiative that provides a platform for consumers to share their running experiences and rewards them for sharing their stories.
The campaign kicked off with a series of media activities in New York City featuring Boston Marathon legend, Dick Hoyt . Hoyt, a longtime Timex ambassador, has competed in more than 1,000 endurance events along with his son, Rick, who suffers from cerebral palsy. As Team Hoyt prepares for their 31st Boston Marathon later this month, they are hoping to inspire all runners with their uplifting message.
Timex has created an "I Am A Runner" Facebook app, which will collect all runners’ stories and will serve as a centralized host for submitted content and photos. Individuals who share their stories via the hashtag #IMARUNNER will be eligible for opportunities to win Timex Ironman watches. In addition, Timex will share inspiring stories of runners across its social media platforms, from everyday stories of triumph to content collected from the Timex Multisport team.
"As a trusted training partner to runners everywhere, we continue to be inspired by the moments of personal triumph we’ve witnessed at marathons, triathlons and even three-mile loops around the lake," said Sam Martin , Timex Senior Brand Manager, Sports. " ‘I Am A Runner’ campaign represents our biggest commitment to honoring those men and women whose running experiences have been enhanced by one of our timing devices and whose inspirational stories help all of us push our way to the finish line, whatever that finish line might be."