Target to open new location in Spokane, Wash.
Minneapolis — Target said it plans to open a new store in Spokane, Wash., in July 2014.
The 135,000-sq.-ft. store, part of the Regal Plaza shopping center, will be the retailer’s third location in the Spokane area.
“Target is pleased to open its third store in the Spokane area,” said Bryan Everett, Target’s senior VP of stores in the Midwest and Northwest regions. “Washington continues to be a great market for Target, and we are committed to being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with guests and the Spokane community.”
Anheuser-Busch’s Fort Collins brewery turns 25
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Anheuser-Busch’s Fort Collins brewery is celebrating its 25th birthday.
The brewery took nearly three and a half years to construct, and according to the company was designed based on generations of brewmaster expertise. The state-of-the-art fixture has since undergone three expansions, with the last one having been completed April 2003, and which included a brewhouse renovation, additional grain silos, expansion of the fermentation and aging cellars, an additional warehouse and a new truck entrance.
"We are proud to celebrate 25 years here in Fort Collins and the countless accomplishments of our employees — from our brewmasters to our operators," said Kevin Fahrenkrog, senior GM of the Anheuser-Busch Fort Collins brewery. "Our team is focused on brewing and packaging some of the world’s most popular beers, and continuing our long tradition of brewing excellence."
The brewery currently serves more than 15 states, has an annual capacity of nearly 10 million barrels and produces more than 25 different beers, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Shock Top. The brewery ships approximately 225 trucks each day and 30 railcars each week.
"Brewing is an art and a science, and our Fort Collins brewery is a perfect example of how modernization and brewing tradition unite. You really can’t have a better brewery to bring it all together than right here," said Katie Rippel, senior brewmaster of the Anheuser-Busch Fort Collins brewery. "From the latest technology to the generations of expertise passed down from our brewers, we have one of the finest brewing operations in the country."
Its tour center hosts more than 60,000 guests annually. The brewery is also home to the Budweiser Clydesdales’ West Coast hitch.
Virtual Piggy steps up its mobile design game
LOS ANGELES — Virtual Piggy has appointed Ivo Weevers as the company’s creative director of mobile design. Weevers will be charged with leading and managing the mobile consumer experience team.
Weevers has 15 years of experience in creating mobile, web, device and desktop products across multiple platforms. He has directed design work and lead international design teams in the telecom, device, social media, banking, travel, entertainment, medical automotive industries.
Recently, Ivo headed up the design team for the Ubuntu operating system, where he directed the design of the full portfolio, including phones, tablets, desktops, apps, cloud services and the brand. Before that, he led mobile design for RBS — one of the major U.K. international banks.
"When I was a teenager, I saved money to buy my first CD and my parents allowed me to learn my first steps in managing money. With kids and teens moving into the digital world at a rapid pace, looking after their digital payments is becoming an essential need for both themselves and their parents,” said Weevers. “I believe Virtual Piggy enables this to happen in a safe and responsible way and I’m thrilled to join their excellent team."
"No one uses the mobile internet more than a teenager," said CEO and founder, Dr. Jo Webber. "At Virtual Piggy, our goal is to be the global smartphone wallet for youth. At the heart of this unique strategy is an engaging and secure mobile technology. I am very excited to have Ivo and his creative vision for mobile on board to help us over-deliver on this strategy."