SPECS 2016 coming to Dallas in March
Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS conference is the must-attend event for retail and restaurant executives involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of stores.
This year’s show — to be held March 13-15, 2016, at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas — is shaping up as one of the best ever, with presentations by Target on its innovative Open House concept and Under Armour on its dynamic “Brand House” format. And that’s just the start of it — SPECS features a comprehensive educational program that will offer some 30 continuing education units.
In addition, the conference SPECS offers networking opportunities and a dynamic exhibit floor showcasing leading industry suppliers.
To view the complete agenda and register for SPECS, click here.
Detroit’s Shinola sets sights on brick-and-mortar expansion
A specialty retailer whose tagline is “Where America is made,” is betting on brick and mortar to tell its brand story and provide more jobs.
Shinola, the Detroit-based retailer and manufacturer of pricey watches, leather goods and bicycles plans to open 10 stores this year, and 12 to 15 stores annually over the next coming years.
“No two stores will be built exactly like. All will be focused on being part of the community,” said Heath Carr, COO, Bedrock Manufacturing Co., parent company of Shinola, in a presentation at the NRF annual convention in New York. (Bedrock also owns specialty retailer Filson, which it acquired in 2012 from Brentwood Associates.)
Founded in 2011 by Tom Kartsotis, former chairman and CEO of Fossil, Shinola “builds” all its products in Detroit (watch components are sourced globally and bike parts are made in Wisconsin). With 12 stores nationwide and one in London, the brand operates a variety of footprints, from its 11,000-sq.-ft. Detroit flagship to its 650-sq. ft. outpost in London.
Announced locations for 2016 include three stores in the Los Angeles area (with one slated for The Grove), one in San Francisco and one in Brooklyn.
Industry veteran in cancer fight
Carl Nottberg, a veteran retail facilities executive, is battling cancer.
Nottberg, senior VP of business development at USM, is suffering from multiple myeloma, a relatively uncommon form of cancer that attacks the plasma cells in the bone marrow. He has been in and out of treatment while his immune system is attacked, and hospitalized for weeks at a time.
In addition to his industry expertise, Nottberg is admired for his generous spirit and philanthropic efforts. To lend support and help him with the mounting medical bills, some of Nottberg’s colleagues have established a GoFundMe page
To donate, leave a message and learn more, go to Gofundme.com/atftwrmc.