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AT&T to open 1,000 stores

BY Marianne Wilson

AT&T is ramping up retail expansion—and not just in standard locations.

The telecommunications giant announced plans to add 1,000 new stores, giving it one of the fastest-growing retail footprints in the nation. In addition to standard retail locations, AT&T plans to open pop-up stores in apartment buildings, condos and other locations in dense urban environments. The company, which said it can typically open these smaller-footprint stores within 60 days of signing a lease, plans to launch a total of 100 pop-ups this year.

AT&T is not just targeting urban markets. It is also adding hundreds of stores in smaller cities and towns across the country, and expanding its mobile store division. It already has mobile stores in all its major markets, and will have more than 150 on the road by the end of this year.

“We’re working to make our customer interactions more convenient and seamless,” said Rasesh Patel, senior executive VP of AT&T Digital, Retail & Care. “We designed our new stores to get you in and out quickly while you’re on the go, so you can enjoy more of your thing.”

AT&T emphasized that not all its stores will look the same.

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Home decor superstore retailer makes itself ‘at home’ in Illinois

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

At Home is expanding its presence in the Prairie State.

The home decor superstore retailer opened the doors to a new location in Elmhurst, Illinois. This is the company’s fourth store in the Chicago area, and fifth store in the state.

The 100,000-sq.-ft. location, which is based on a warehouse model, offers more than 50,000 home décor items, including furniture, housewares and seasonal décor, among other categories. On average, 400 new products arrive each week, and style ideas are continually updated.

“As we strategically grow our national footprint, we are excited to open our fourth store in the Chicago area,” said At Home chairman and CEO Lee Bird. “Our vast selection of on-trend styles is winning over home décor customers who want it all: value, variety and an inspiring, hands-on shopping experience.”

At Home operates 168 stores in 36 states.

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Former David’s Bridal exec joins Nest

BY Marianne Wilson

Nest, a provider of integrated facility management services, has appointed Michael Toth as chief information officer. Toth joins Nest from David’s Bridal, where he was senior VP, CIO.

While at David’s Bridal, Toth led a global team of IT professionals supporting over 300 plus locations across North America and the United Kingdom. His experience includes governance and security, data and analytics, proprietary software development, call center execution, and direct involvement with board of director initiatives.

Toth’s responsibilities at Nest will include furthering the firm’s analytical and financial tools for the end user, collaborating with the product team to ensure the Nest Facilitate platform continues to be best in class, and bringing additional technologies to help the company maintain a competitive advantage.

“The integrated facility management model is not going away, as a matter of fact, it’s gaining great traction in our space,” said Rob Almond, CEO, Nest. “We are focused on ensuring we put the best tools possible in front of our clients, employees, and ISPs that will empower them to be more strategic versus tactical. Toth’s accomplishments speak for themselves but what really excites us is his bandwidth of understanding the needs of multiple end users, including the life line of our client base, the facilities themselves.”

Earlier this year, Nest brought on Jason Cesare as CFO. Similar to Toth, Cesare comes from a heavy retail background.

“The investment in these executives is imperative to our growth”, said Almond. “I’m thrilled that we continue to get an audience with the C-Suite of our clients and prospects.”

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