Report: Penney says sales are improving
New York — J.C. Penney Co. on Monday reassured investors that sales trends are improving and reaffirmed its forecast calling for positive same-store sales results in the third quarter, Reuters reported.
The comments were made by Myron Ullman, Penney’s CEO, at the Women’s Wear Daily conference on Monday.
Hudson’s Bay names chief marketing officer
Toronto — Hudson’s Bay Company has appointed Michael Crotty as executive VP, chief marketing officer, Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor. He will be responsible for the overall marketing strategy for Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor.
Crotty has more than 25 years multichannel retailing and brand management marketing experience For the last 10 years, he has held progressively senior positions at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and, most recently, Nordstrom.
In other appointments, Hudson’s Bay named Russ Hardin as senior VP, chief creative officer, Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor.
Hardin has strong domestic and global branding experience with such luxury and mid-tier retailers as Saks, Avon Products, Lord & Taylor and, most recently, Kohl’s Department Stores, in addition to running his own brand development agency. In his new role, Hardin will be responsible for building all creative elements for Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, as well as the leadership of social media, PR and events.
Crotty and Hardin will be based in both Toronto and New York, with teams in both markets supporting their respective banners.
West Elm to open in Mill Valley, Calif.
Brooklyn, N.Y. — Home furnishings retailer West Elm announced that it will open a store in Mill Valley, Calif., on Nov. 7. West Elm is owned by Williams-Sonoma.
Located in The Strawberry Village shopping center, the 10,000-sq.-ft. store will open with the brand’s diverse mix of furniture, home décor, gifts and artist collaborations. The store will also feature an assortment of local, handcrafted products sourced through Etsy.com that include jewelry, wall art, kitchen linens, coasters and candles.