PBteen to make SoCal debut
San Francisco — Parent company Williams-Sonoma said that its PBteen banner will open its first store in southern California, at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, June 1.
The store will be anchored around a PBteen Design Lab, where teens and their parents can engage with the brand and its products by digitally creating a personalized room on a computer monitor. Using drag and drop technology, teens can experiment with different room configurations and color combinations and see it come to life on a television screen overhead.
In addition, onsite design specialists will be available to help teens choose patterns and styles, and products available at PBteen.com can be ordered through the store and shipped directly to the customer.
Alco Stores names senior VP
Abilene, Kan. — Alco Stores said Thursday that it has promoted Ricardo Clemente to senior VP, human resources, store operations and loss prevention.
Clemente joined the chain in 2011 as a district manager, most recently serving as VP stores and human resources.
ICSC names divisional VP, Europe
London — The International Council of Shopping Centers’ executive committee has elected Marcus Wild, CEO of SES Spar European Shopping Centers, as divisional VP for the association’s European division.
Wild will be the first appointment to the newly created volunteer leadership position, which the association anticipates will better serve the needs of its European members. Wild has also served on the ICSC’s board of trustees for two years and is also the past chairman of the ICSC European Advisory Board. The announcement was made official during ICSC’s annual meeting of members at RECon, the global retail real estate convention.
“Marcus joins a distinguished group of ICSC members who not only develop new and exciting programs for our members, but also serve as the voice of the industry in their respective regions,” said ICSC president and CEO Michael P. Kercheval. “With Marcus representing ICSC membership in Europe, the wants, needs and desires of our members there will be addressed at the highest level of our organization. All of us here at ICSC look forward to working with Marcus during his term.”
During RECon, ICSC also announced that it has struck collaborative membership agreements with both the British and French Shopping Centre Councils to provide education, advocacy, research and networking opportunities for the retail real estate industry in these countries. With the addition of the British and French Shopping Centre Councils, ICSC’s European membership increased to 7,000, an all-time high for the organization.