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Rona announces executive hires

BY Staff Writer

New York City — Rona, the largest chain of home improvement retailers and distributors in Canada, has appointed Dave Carr to the position of VP retail, Western Canada, and François Hardy to the position of VP dealer-owner network development.

After beginning as an employee of a Totem store lumberyard in 1992, Carr quickly climbed the ranks to become assistant manager, then store manager. After managing several stores in Alberta, Carr became a regional manager, then general manager, and finally VP of Totem in 2008, three years after Rona’s acquisition of the company.

Carr, along with the other regional VPs for retail, will report to Luc Rodier, who has been promoted to the position of EVP retail.

Hardy took office on Jan. 16 and reports directly to Robert Dutton, Rona’s president and CEO. He will assist in the development of Rona’s existing dealer-owner network and be responsible for recruiting new dealer-owners. His professional background has centered on strategic positions in retail business development, sales and marketing in both Canada and the United States. Until recently, he occupied the position of VP sales and marketing at Intertrade, a business he co-founded in 2003, which specializes in developing partnerships and processes for exchanging information between suppliers and retailers.

Rona operates a network of more than 950 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats, with more than C$6 billion in annual sales.

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Target names more Canada store locations

BY Staff Writer

Minneapolis — Just a few weeks after unveiling the locations of its first 24 stores in Canada, Target released an expanded list of stores that will debut in 2013.

The stores listed included two in Alberta, two in British Columbia, 29 in Ontario and one in Saskatchewan. Additional details can be viewed here.

As previously reported, Target purchased the leasehold interests of 189 sites currently operated by Zellers, and is slated to open 125 to 135 stores in Canada, the majority of which will open in 2013. Approximately $10 million to $11 million will be invested to remodel each facility, the retailer said.

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Are you a mover and shaker?

BY Katherine Boccaccio

If you are a shopping center owner or manager, I’m talking to you! It’s that time of year again – when Chain Store Age begins collecting data to publish our annual report on America’s top developers and fastest-growing acquirers and third-party managers.

Results of the survey, which is now in its 23rd year, are published in the April/May edition of Chain Store Age, with bonus distribution to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon show in Las Vegas in late May.

If you’ve already received your surveys via email and are working on them, ignore me. But, if you didn’t get a copy of the three individual surveys, email me at [email protected] and I’ll send them to you right away! Deadline for submission is Feb. 27, so don’t delay. Because this is your opportunity to be considered for one of the industry’s oldest, and most prestigious, rankings.


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