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Walgreens makes executive moves

BY Michael Johnsen

Walgreens Boots Alliance on Friday named two executives to the chief marketing officer and chief merchandising officer positions, promoting Adam Holyk and Joe Hartsig, respectively, to those roles.

Both will assume their new roles as of April 1 and report to Alex Gourlay, co-COO for Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Holyk and Hartsig will be succeeding Linda Filler, who was Walgreens Boots Alliance president retail products and chief merchandising and marketing officer, and in February announced her pending departure.

"Adam Holyk, currently a member of the WBA corporate strategy team, will return to Walgreens to lead the marketing organization," Walgreens shared with Chain Store Age sister publication, Drug Store News, in an emailed statement. "Adam began his career with Walgreens in 2011 in the customer insights group, which at the time, was part of marketing. Previously, Holyk held senior roles at dunnhumby, a leading marketing analytics consultancy working with Kroger and Macy's, and Shoppers Drug Mart managing the most successful retailer loyalty program in Canada."

Regarding Hartsig, "[he]will continue in his role leading Walgreens merchandising team, which he has done since August of last year," Walgreen stated. "In addition to leading the merchandising team, he will oversee digital commerce and mobile services with a strategic focus on strengthening the company’s omni-channel capabilities."

Hartsig joined Walgreens in September 2015 as group VP merchandising strategic projects, and led the marketing, loyalty and digital commerce organizations. Prior to this, Hartsig was chief merchandising and marketing officer for Essendant, a Fortune 500 wholesaler of business essentials, and senior VP merchandising at Sam's Club, a division of Walmart.

Hartsig will also have a reporting line into Annie Murphy, chief customer officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Holyk will have a reporting line into Andy Gibson, senior VP, director, global consumer brands for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the Chicago-based retailer noted.

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Beauty powerhouse preps for sixth DC

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Ulta Beauty is getting ready to break ground on its newest distribution center.

The retailer, which plans to open 100 stores in 2017 recently signed a lease to open its sixth distribution center in Fresno, California. The facility, which is slated to open the summer of 2018, will be designed “to substantially improve delivery times to the West Coast,” Mary Dillon, the company’s CEO, said during the chain’s fourth quarter 2016 earnings call on Thursday, March 9.

The facility will contribute to the Ulta Beauty’s goal to improve shipping lead times. The chain reported 88% of orders shipped within 48 hours in 2016 — “an 83% increase improvement compared to 2015's [busy] performance,” according to Dillon.

To continue this momentum, the company plans to ramp up the volume across its the Greenwood, Indiana warehouse to serve close to 300 stores, and the Dallas distribution center to serve a little over 200 stores by the end of 2017, she added.

The warehouse, which have an initial workforce of 542, could employ up to 1,000 employees, according to The Fresno Bee.

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REAL ESTATE

Woodbury Common’s makeover is complete

BY Al Urbanski

The Italian shoe and handbag retailer Baldinini takes its place among the 240 other hallowed brands at Woodbury Common in Central Valley, New York, this month, but that’s just the punctuation mark on the story of the transformation of Simon Premium Outlets’ star property.

Not that Woodbury was much in need of transforming. The center’s true market radius is a global one (its visitor center staff speaks 14 languages), and even competitors hail it as the crown jewel of outlet centers. But Simon just put the finishing touches on a three-year recasting of the property that included new store exteriors, a three-level parking garage, and a new ring road to eliminate grid-lock (often exacerbated by the many buses that carry customers to the off-price merchandise mecca).

“We have a mission — value, fashion, and experience. Every decision we make as a company is influenced by that, and I don’t think it plays out any more clearly than it does at Woodbury,” Simon Premium Outlets CEO Stephen Yalof told Chain Store Age when asked why the company would invest so much in a proven winner.

The frontispiece of the new Woodbury is the 65,000-sq.-ft. Market Hall, a central gathering place and food hall that supplanted the center’s old offices. And though it offers up new food options from the likes of Chipotle, Pinkberry, and Pret a Manger, its ample seating areas and wi-fi service give it the feel of an expansive hotel lobby. Four entrances point visitors in the directions of its new New York-themed districts: the Adirondacks, the Hamptons, Saratoga, Niagara, and the center’s native Hudson Valley.

“The idea for the five different areas evolved through our partnership with the local municipality. We worked closely with them to help create a feeling for our regular local customers that this was a New York property,” Yalof said. “The design inspiration for the Market Hall came from Covent Garden.”

Six retailers remodeled their store interiors as part of the renovation: Bally, Givenchy, Dunhill, Furla, Thomas Pink, and Theory Women’s.


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