Stater Bros. VP of real estate passes away
San Bernardino, Calif. — Stater Bros. Markets announced that its VP of real estate, Mike Slaton, died suddenly on Sept. 28.
As a tribute to Slaton, the new 44,000 sq. ft. Stater Bros. supermarket, which opened last week in Redlands, Calif., will be dedicated in his honor.
“Mike was a very loyal and committed member of the Stater Bros. Family and started his career with Stater Bros. as a Courtesy Clerk in Redlands, California when he was 16 years old. His contributions to our company were immeasurable and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him,” stated Chairman and CEO Jack H. Brown.
The family has requested donations in Slaton’s honor be made to Stater Bros. Charities and a scholarship fund will be set up in his name at California State University, San Bernardino, his alma mater. Please send checks to Stater Bros. Charities, P. O. Box 150, San Bernardino, California, 92402.
Wolverine opens first retail store
New York — Wolverine has opened its first permanent store, in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood.
The store follows a successful pop-up the brand launched last fall. The brand; new location follows the successful New York pop-up venture in fall 2012, and will again offer a curated selection of goods that share Wolverine’s commitment to quality, heritage and craftsmanship.
"The success of the Wolverine Company Store pop-up shop exceeded our expectations and made it an easy decision to open a permanent location," said Todd Yates, president, Wolverine Brand. "The store showcases our heritage, and through that story we’ve been able to make strong brand connections with so many people."
Designed by Bklyn Dry Goods, which also designed the pop-up, the new space brings Wolverine’s long history to life, with wooden beams that were part of Wolverine’s original tannery dating back to the late 1800s and a wall of vintage shoe lasts. Other design elements include a more than 1,000-pound concrete sign from one of the company’s original factory buildings.
"Taking inspiration from many of the elements that made the pop-up project a success, we’re hoping to continue to inspire the look and feel of Wolverine retail and are excited to welcome Wolverine to New York City with a new, permanent home," said Jahn Hall of Bklyn Dry Goods.
In addition to the full men’s and women’s collections of Wolverine 1000 Mile and Wolverine No. 1883, the store will showcase items from other like-minded heritage brands including Filson, Tellason denim, Samantha Pleet, Left Field NYC, Imogene + Willie and Tanner Goods, alongside an unique selection of vintage items from Bklyn Dry Goods.
DSW announces four new locations
Columbus, Ohio – DSW, Inc. is opening four new stores on Oct. 10. The stores will be located in Muskegon, Mich., Rochester, Minn., Boardman, Ohio, and Knoxville, Tenn.
Customers will be eligible to participate in DSW Rewards, a free loyalty program in which customers earn certificates toward future DSW purchases and receive special member-only offers. Customers can also participate in the Shoe Lover community on Facebook to receive exclusive offers and giveaways.