Under Armour opens in China
New York — Under Armour has opened a store at the Jing An Kerry Centre in Shanghai, China. The environment puts storytelling at the forefront through a multi-dimensional short film that immerses visitors in the brand’s world of making athletes better through passion and innovation.
"We believe in the power of storytelling and our ability to tell provocative and relevant stories will serve as a catalyst for our international growth,” said Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank. “For many athletes in China this will be their introduction to our brand. By offering this exclusive experience and bringing to life what it means to be an athlete, this is our way to give back to athletes in China and build meaningful relationships that will last for years to come."
"Wherever we go around the globe, we will lead first with our Story and bring the people into the best Under Armour experience possible before we ask them to try our performance apparel and footwear," said Plank.
Shot with 360-degree camera technology and displayed on a 270-degree screen, the short film combines the high energy and bold composition of the brand’s advertising with its commitment to tell authentic athlete stories. The film uses a series of vignettes to depict different moments that define the will of an athlete including a training session with NBA star Brandon Jennings, rooftop yoga in Shanghai and the exhilaration of running out onto the pitch before a match at White Hart Lane, home of Tottenham Hotspur.
Under Armour continues to increase its global presence through strategic expansion in key international markets including Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The brand has opened six Under Armour specialty stores on Mainland China in the past two years and one in Taiwan. Additionally, the brand launched in Hong Kong this past July through a partnership with leading retail chain GigaSports.
Dick’s Sporting Goods sets openings of two new locations
Pittsburgh — Dick’s Sporting Goods announced the openings of two new stores, one in Kentucky, and its first ever in the state of Wyoming.
The retailer said it will open a store in Casper, Wy., on Oct. 25 at the Eastridge Mall. Also on Oct. 25, Dick’s will open at Gary Farms, Bowling Green, Ky.
The Bowling Green location will be the retailer’s ninth store in the state of Kentucky and its 544th nationwide.
BevMo! taps Safeway exec as chief merchant
New York — Specialty beverage retailer BevMo! Named Douglas J. Ratto as executive VP, chief merchant. Ratto will lead the buying, planning, allocations and distribution teams at BevMo!
Ratto comes to BevMo! with more than 25 years of retail and marketing management experience. Since 2010, Doug served at Safeway as senior VP, GM of alcohol/tobacco, home care/general merchandise & family care.