Whole Foods: New store concept to be called ‘365 by Whole Foods Market’
Austin, Texas — Whole Foods Market unveiled the name of its new banner of smaller, value-focused and millenial-targeted stores: “365 by Whole Foods Market.”
The name is drawn from the company’s 365 Everyday Value house brand. Company veteran Jeff Turnas will serve as president of the new venture, which will debut in 2016 and be based at the company’s Austin headquarters.Turnas has held a variety of leadership positions in the company, including president of the company’s North Atlantic Region, and, most recently, as president of its U.K. Region.
“We are excited to introduce 365 by Whole Foods Market to bring healthy foods to even more communities with a fresh, quality-meets-value shopping experience that’s fun and convenient,” Turnas said. “A modern, streamlined design with innovative technology and a carefully curated product mix will offer an efficient and rewarding way to grocery shop.”
Whole Foods has said it expects to open five to 10 of the new format stores across the United States in 2016, and thinks the new chain could eventually grow to the same size as its parent chain.
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Restoration Hardware builds more momentum
Restoration Hardware earnings surged in the first quarter on strong sales, giving a boost to the company as it embarks on expanding its business with new stores with larger showrooms.
For the first quarter ended May 2, Restoration Hardware reported a profit of $7.2 million, or 17 cents a share, up from $1.8 million, or four cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding tax impacts, a prior-year litigation claim and other items, per-share earnings rose to 23 cents from 18 cents. Revenue increased 15% to $422.4 million.
Gary Friedman, chairman and CEO, said: “RH continues to outperform the home furnishings industry by a wide margin. Net revenues exceeded our outlook and increased 15% on top of a 22% increase last year. Comparable brand revenues increased 15% on top of 18% last year – representing a 33% increase over the two year period. Additionally, we grew our adjusted operating margin by 60 basis points and adjusted net income by 38%, both ahead of our expectations, and further demonstrating the disruptive nature of the RH brand and the power of our multi-channel business model.”
For the current quarter ending in July, Restoration Hardware said it expects its per-share earnings to range from 80 cents to 84 cents. The company said it expects revenue in the range of $495 million to $505 million for the fiscal second quarter.
“Looking forward, we remain focused on our key value driving strategies including the expansion of our product offer, the transformation of our retail stores, and the continued enhancement of our multi-channel platform and operating infrastructure," Friedman added. "Later this year, we will be opening next generation Design Galleries in Chicago, Tampa, Denver and Austin. Looking to 2016 and beyond, we now have signed leases for 10 next generation Design Galleries and are in negotiations or have sites identified for at least 25 additional locations. In addition, we have multiple new concepts and services in our product development pipeline that we believe will continue to demonstrate the innovative and disruptive nature of our brand, and drive industry leading performance for years to come. The business momentum we are experiencing thus far in 2015, coupled with the launch of new businesses and the opening of four next generation Design Galleries later this year, gives us further confidence in our financial outlook for fiscal 2015."
As of May 2, the company operated a total of 67 retail galleries, consisting of 57 legacy Galleries, 6 larger format Galleries, 1 next generation Design Gallery, and 3 Baby & Child Galleries, as well as 17 outlet stores, throughout the United States and Canada. This compares to a total of 69 retail galleries, consisting of 61 legacy Galleries, 5 larger format Galleries and 3 Baby & Child Galleries, as well as 17 outlet stores, as of May 3, 2014.
U.S. Internet Q1 ad revenue hits $13.3 billion
New York — Internet ad revenues hit a record-breaking $13.3 billion in the United States in the first quarter of 2015, up 16% over the year-ago period, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report figures released today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PwC US.
“Brand marketers need to be where the consumers are – and as of today, that is unquestionably on digital,” said Sherrill Mane, senior VP, research analytics and measurement, IAB. “This double-digit growth speaks to the incredible popularity of interactive screens.”