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Report: The Body Shop to be sold in $1 billion deal

BY Marianne Wilson

It appears that L'Oreal has settled on a buyer for The Body Shop.

The French cosmetics giant is in exclusive talks to sell its Body Shop division to Brazilian make-up company Natura Cosmeticos, Bloomberg reported. The reported price: $1.1 billion,

Natura is the largest Brazilian cosmetics company. The transaction would be subject to regulatory approval and would be expected to close later this year.

A retail pioneer in all-natural beauty products, ethical sourcing and environmental responsibility, Body Shop was founded in Brighton, England, in 1976 by the now-deceased Anita Roddick. L'Oreal bought the company in 2006 from Roddick.

In February, L'Oreal announced it was exploring options for the brand, which has struggled in recent years amid increased competition as more companies adopted its all-natural, no animal-testing stance. It posted a 4.8% decline in sales in 2016.

"The ethical values and expertise of Natura make it the perfect new owner for The Body Shop to accelerate the rejuvenation of the brand and its future expansion," stated Jeremy Schwartz, chairman & CEO of The Body Shop, in the report.

The Body Shop currently had more 3,000 stores in some 66 countries.

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BCBG to get new lease on life

BY Marianne Wilson

Bankrupt fashion retailer BCBG Max Azria Group has reached an agreement on a comprehensive restructuring.

It includes the possible sale of nearly all the retailer's assets to Marquee Brands LLC and Global Brands Group Holding Limited. The completion of the transactions with Marquee and Global Brands are expected to immediately follow approval by the United States Bankruptcy Court. The expected closing date is no later than July 31, 2017.

Marquee and Global Brands said they intend to continue to operate a substantial majority of BCBG's core businesses. Marquee will acquire the intellectual property associated with the BCBG brand, while Global Brands will acquire certain of the assets associated with the operation of the BCBG business.

Marquee Brands plans to leverage its brand management platform to grow BCBG and related brands into new product categories, distribution channels and geographies. Global Brands will market, promote, sell and distribute products bearing the BCBG brands, as well as operate the wholesale operations, select retail stores and e-commerce platform of the BCBG brands.

"This is the best possible outcome for customers, vendors, business partners, and our employees who are the lifeblood of the company," said Marty Staff, acting interim CEO of BCBG Max Azria Group. "BCBG will remain a viable, creative and strong brand going forward across multiple platforms."

BCBG, which filed Chapter 11 in March, listed assets in the range of $100 million to $500 million, and liabilities in the range of $500 million to $1 billion. The retailer has already closed 120 stores as part of its restructuring efforts. BCBG currently operates 73 retail stores, and 276 partner shops.

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KFC, Marietta, Georgia

BY CSA STAFF

A local landmark, which also happens to be one of KFC’s most iconic locations, has reopened after a $2.2 million renovation.

KFC’s “Big Chicken” restaurant, which features a 56-ft. steel chicken complete with a moving beak and rolling eyes, was constructed in the 1960s and became a local landmark and tourist attraction. It has been updated with a more contemporary aesthetic as part of KFC’s initiative to remodel approximately 70% of its U.S. restaurants to its “American Showman” design as part of the brand’s turnaround strategy.

The new design, which speaks to KFC’s heritage and pays tribute to its founder, features such branded touches as bold and red exterior stripes, lighting fixtures styled to resemble chicken buckets, and touches of Colonel Sanders throughout. Owing to the unique location, nearly every element of the design was customized specifically for the Big Chicken.

“Our goal for this remodel was to uphold and maintain the integrity of the Big Chicken, while preserving it for future generations to enjoy, ” said Mike Kulp, president and CEO, KBP Foods, a KFC franchise and owner of the Big Chicken. KFC and KBP Foods partnered with FRCH Design Worldwide and Wieden+Kennedy to create the design concept for the location.

The restaurant is the first KFC in the United States designed to offer patrons a real-time view into the kitchen. The dining space has been expanded, and enhanced with murals painted by local artists. Two new patios, including a screened-in back porch, have been added. In addition, the space features a retail store that sells one-of-kind merchandise.

“The completion of the Big Chicken marks another major milestone in our KFC U.S. turnaround,” said Kevin Hochman, president and chief concept officer for KFC U.S. “We recently completed our 11th consecutive quarter of same store sales growth and more than 400 restaurants across the country have been remodeled, while hundreds more are currently in the planning and design phase.”

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R.Barrows says:
Jun-12-2017 11:33 am

This is a nice news bit. But where is it located?? It would be nice to know.

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