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Nordstrom to Open in Santa Monica

BY CSA STAFF

Seattle Specialty retailer Nordstrom plans to open a new store in Santa Monica, Calif., in fall 2010. The new location, which will reside at Santa Monica Place, will be a three-level, 122,000-sq.-ft. store.

The new store will fit in well with Santa Monica Place’s transformation, which is currently underway. The mall, which will reopen in fall 2009, will be a 550,000-sq.-ft., three-level open-air premium retail destination.

Nordstrom also announced that it plans to relocate its existing Cerritos, Calif., store at Los Cerritos Center, and remodel its Broadway Plaza store in Walnut Creek, Calif.

The new Cerritos store will take over a space formerly occupied by Robinsons-May. It is scheduled to open in spring 2010.

In other news, Nordstrom is currently remodeling and expanding its existing store at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. The project will add 32,000 sq. ft. to the existing floor plan for a total of 225,000 sq. ft.

The store’s upgrades include new designer shops and open-sell cosmetic cases that allow customers to touch the merchandise, new flooring, updated dressing room finishes, new furniture and fixtures and new wall treatments. The remodel will be complete in 2010.

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Wal-Mart, WWF team up to protect forests

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WASHINGTON & BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores joined the Global Forest & Trade Network, the World Wildlife Fund’s initiative to save the world’s most valuable and threatened forests. By joining the GFTN, Wal-Mart has committed to phasing out illegal and unwanted wood sources from its supply chain and increasing its proportion of wood products originating from credibly certified sources–for Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs in the United States.

With nearly half of the worlds forests already gone, action is urgently needed, said Suzanne Apple, WWFs vp for business and industry. Wal-Marts commitment to support responsible forestry answers that call to action. WWF welcomes the company to a global community committed to healthy business and healthy forests. 

The United States is the largest consumer of industrial timber, pulp and paper in the world. The United States is also among the top destinations for imports of wood from areas where illegal logging and trade are common, such as Indonesia, China and Brazil. Thus, the U.S. market is critical to protecting forests worldwide. Wal-Marts commitment includes the importation and sale of all wood-based products with an initial focus on wood-based furniture. Wal-Mart sources furniture from the Amazon, Russian Far East, northern China, Indonesia and the Mekong region of southeast Asia. These areas include some of the most biologically diverse places on earth, places that WWF is working to protect.

Within one year, Wal-Mart will complete an assessment of where its wood furniture is coming from and whether the wood is legal and well-managed. Once the assessment is completed, Wal-Mart has committed to eliminating wood from illegal and unknown sources within five years. The company will also eliminate wood from forests that are of critical importance due to their environmental, socio-economic, biodiversity or landscape values and that arent well-managed.

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Michaels names Crowley new cfo

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IRVING, Texas Michaels Stores has announced that Elaine D. Crowley has been named evp and cfo of the company, effective Aug. 18.

Crowley was most recently senior vp, cfo and treasurer for The Bombay Co. During her 18-year tenure with Bombay, she had direct responsibility for accounting and control, financial planning and analysis, tax, loss prevention, risk management, internal audit, SEC reporting, investor relations and treasury. She also initiated processes to strengthen sales and financial forecasts, expense control, inventory management and cash flow to respond to changing financial needs of the business. Crowley is a CPA with a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas Christian University.

“As the largest retailer of arts and crafts in North America, I believe that Michaels has tremendous opportunities ahead as it continues to expand its global sourcing network and increase market share,” noted Crowley. “I am looking forward to joining the Michaels team and to contributing to its future success.”

“We are very excited to have a chief financial officer with Elaine’s background and experience join our team,” said Michaels ceo Brian C. Cornell. “In addition to her financial acumen, her understanding of supply chain, sourcing, and extensive retail experience make her a great fit for Michaels.”

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