REAL ESTATE

Nordstrom Rack to open at Baybrook Square

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Webster, Texas — Seattle-based Nordstrom will add a new Nordstrom Rack location in the Houston area, opening a 31,000-sq.-ft. store in spring 2015 at Baybrook Square in Webster, Texas.

The Baybrook Square Rack will be the fourth Houston-area off-price store for Nordstrom. In July the company announced plans to open a third Rack location at Willowbrook Mall in fall 2014.

The new Nordstrom Rack will move into a space currently occupied by DSW, which is relocating within the center. Baybrook Square is managed by Fidelis Realty Partners.

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OPERATIONS

Interbrand Design Forum announces seven new hires

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Dayton, Ohio — Retail design firm Interbrand Design Forum has announced seven new hires to support its continued growth. Staff additions include three new members to the environmental design team, a fixture specialist and several supporting staff members.

Ryan Slicer has been named Senior Environmental Designer. Previously he worked with WD Partners.

Amanda Handermann joins as an Environmental Designer. Before coming to Interbrand Design Forum she co-founded the Wig Wam Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary freelance design team.

Natalie Benos also joins as an Environmental Designer after interning at WD Partners and The Little Tykes Company as a toy design intern.

Adam Minch comes to Interbrand Design Forum as a Fixture Specialist after working for a fixture manufacturing company.

Carrie Krochta has taken over the role of Marketing Coordinator for the North America Region.

Cindy Hovell is a new Director of Client Services, after serving as a production manager for a woman’s clothing manufacturer.

Jenny Brown joins the organization as Executive Assistant. Her experience includes work as an assistant at an investment firm and serving as a legal assistant at a law firm.

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Wal-Mart labor settlement calls for safety fixes at 2,857 stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Washington, D.C. — In a settlement agreement with the U.S. Labor Department, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to improve safety conditions for employees who use trash compactors and cleaning chemicals at 2,857 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in 28 states.

The retailer will also pay a $190,000 fine to fix hazards uncovered during an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection at a store in Rochester, N.Y.

The agreement covers those stores that follow federal OSHA standards; the remaining states, which operate their own OSHA inspection programs, could negotiate similar agreements.

Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove said the company immediately addressed the problems as soon as it was made aware of them. "We have long-standing policies and training requirements in our stores designed to ensure the safety of our associates," Hargrove said.

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