West Elm will spend $35 million on handmade crafts
Brooklyn, N.Y. — Home furnishings retailer West Elm today announced its 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action with a purchasing plan of $35 million in handcrafted products through 2015, a 40% increase in spend during the next two years. West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, also pledged to make and source these products from businesses adhering to high social responsibility, health and safety standards, meeting local laws, best industry practices and the brand’s vendor code of conduct.
“West Elm has achieved 14 consecutive quarters of double-digit comparable brand revenue growth by listening to our customers, and our CGI Commitment to Action reflects our customers’ passion for handcrafted products, as well as their growing concern for the preservation of cultural heritage and the safety of the hands behind the work,” said West Elm president Jim Brett.
Rent-A-Center opens Hawaii store
Wichita, Kan. – Rent-A-Center has opened a new store in Kihei, Hawaii. The new Rent-A-Center is located at 1215 S. Kihei Rd., Ste. 3.
“We’re very excited to be here in Kihei,” said store manager Robyn Idemoto. “We’ve gotten a great response from the community. Everyone’s like family out here, and I really like that. I feel that we can bring a lot of positivity to the community.”
The store employs a manager and three sales associates. Rent-A-Center operates 13 locations in the state of Hawaii and more than 3,000 in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.
Leslie’s Poolmart going to Portsmouth’s Academy Crossing
Virginia Beach, Va. — Leslie’s Poolmart has signed a lease for 5,200 sq. ft. in the Academy Crossing Shopping Center in Portsmouth, Va. Divaris Real Estate represented the landlord, Midlantic Builders VA in the transaction.
Other tenants at Academy Crossing include Coldwell Banker, Gymboree, Beadworks, Serenity Nails and Rita’s Pizza.