OPERATIONS

Outgoing Lululemon CEO takes reins of frozen-food company

BY Marianne Wilson

Atlanta — Christine Day, the outgoing CEO of Lululemon, has been appointed CEO at Luvo, a start-up frozen-food company that focuses on healthy, low calorie, low sodium meals. Day’s appointment is effective April 1.

“Christine’s unbridled passion for retailing and consumer insight adds an important component to elevate Luvo into the consumer mainstream," said Luvo founder and president, Stephen Sidwell. "We look forward to Christine’s guidance for the brand, helping Luvo take the lead in the national movement that delicious, nutrient-dense food can be affordable, convenient and easily accessible."

Day was appointed CEO of Lululemon in 2008. She announced her plans to leave the retailer in June, about three months after the company recalled yoga pants for being too sheer. Prior to Lululemon, Day spent 20 years at Starbucks Corp.

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Pizza Hut debuts new store formats

BY Marianne Wilson

Plano, Texas — Pizza Hut has debuted new concept stores in York, Neb., and Pawtucket, R.I.

The concepts feature an all-new "pizza by the slice" experience with slices cut from an 18-inch pizza.

Each location has unique components driven by market behavior and dining style. The store in York will seat 80-plus, highlighting the eat-in experience, while the location in Pawtucket will have a smaller seating area, accommodating roughly 30 spots. The Pawtucket location is expected to primarily be a delivery and carryout option, with the pizza by the slice experience augmenting business during lunch hours and for busy, on-the-go consumers. Both locations will offer the pizza by the slice "bar."

The new, fast-casual concepts include digital menu boards, deck ovens and an open seating environment, all twists on the company’s traditional dine-in stores. "We believe these concepts have broad appeal, and we’re bullish on our plans to quickly expand them to additional locations," said Al Litchenburg, chief development officer, Pizza Hut. "We are a company driven to innovate and give customers what they want and a vibrant store experience is atop that list."

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Cabela’s CEO joins Best Buy board

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Minneapolis — Best Buy Co. announced the appointment of Thomas L. "Tommy" Millner to its board of directors. Millner is the president and CEO of Cabela`s Inc.

"Tommy is a well-regarded CEO who has successfully transitioned his organization from a traditional retailer to one that is highly respected as an effective omni-channel player," said Hatim Tyabji, chairman of the Best Buy board of directors. "Best Buy is on the same journey and Tommy`s insights will, no doubt, be valuable as the Company looks to even better serve its customers wherever and however they want."

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