Skechers Breaks Ground on Corporate Headquarters Expansion

Manhattan Beach, Calif. — Footwear industry leader Skechers USA, Inc. has broken ground on an expansion of its corporate headquarters that will span several adjacent buildings in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, Calif. The project will more than double the company’s office, design and showroom space in the South Bay, bringing it to just over 330,000 square feet. Completion is anticipated for 2022, just in time for Skechers’ 30th anniversary.

PGA TOUR Superstore Continues Nationwide Expansion

Atlanta — PGA TOUR Superstore, the country’s leading golf retailer, will open at least six new stores in 2019 as it accelerates its growth strategy to expand its brick-and-mortar presence by more than 50% over the next 3 years. The company currently operates 35 stores in 15 states. PGA TOUR Superstore also posted an overall sales growth of 14% in 2018, fueled by strong comp store sales and double-digit e-commerce growth.

Juicy Couture to Launch in South Korea

New York City — Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of a global portfolio of lifestyle and entertainment brands, will expand Juicy Couture in partnership with Shinsegae International, the leading Korean based lifestyle company specializing in retail development and brand building. Shinsegae International will expand Juicy Couture’s footprint throughout South Korea with the launch of 10 shop-in-shop locations in major department stores throughout the region by 2020. It is expected that there will be 50 additional shop-in-shops by the end of 2024. The first location will debut in August 2019.

NIKE, Inc. Names New President & CEO of Converse, Inc.

Boston — Effective Jan. 22, 2019, G. Scott Uzzell will become president & CEO of Converse, Inc., according to parent company NIKE, Inc. Uzzell comes to Converse from The Coca-Cola Company where he most recently served as president, venturing & emerging brands group (VEB).

Restaurant Technologies Adds More than 1,500 New Grocery and C-Store Customers in 2018

Minneapolis — Restaurant Technologies, the leading provider of cooking oil management and exhaust cleaning solutions, is providing its Total Oil Management solution to more than 1,500 new grocery and convenience store (c-store) units since the start of 2018, bringing the company’s total customer roster of foodservice providers across a range of segments to more than 27,000 locations nationwide.

Payless Pops Up in Times Square

New York City — Payless, a trusted name in footwear and accessories for over 60 years, recently opened its first ever holiday pop-up location in New York City. The temporary store, which opened just before Thanksgiving, is located at 136 W. 42nd Ave., between Times Square and Bryant Park.

Mattress Firm Emerges from Chapter 11 with Optimized Store Footprint

Houston — Mattress Firm, Inc., the nation's leading specialty mattress retailer, has successfully completed its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11. The company has closed more than 600 stores over the past couple of months and now moves forward with an optimized store footprint of approximately 2,600 stores.

IKEA to Open City Center Store in Manhattan

Conshohocken, Pa. — IKEA U.S. is opening its first city center store in the U.S., marking the company’s ongoing transformation and commitment to bringing IKEA into the heart of urban areas. The ‘IKEA Planning Studio’ is scheduled to open in Manhattan in spring 2019.

Billabong Reopens Flagship Store With Focus on Experiential Retail

Honolulu — Billabong, one of the surf industry's most iconic brands, is celebrating the grand reopening of its flagship store at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach on December 1, 2018. Billabong's goal for its expanded and extensively renovated flagship store is to create an experience that is authentic, reflects Hawaiʻi and highlights the significance of Waikiki to the global surf culture.

Express Kitchens Opens 3 New Stores

Hartford, Conn. — Express Kitchens, a fast-growing kitchen cabinet and countertop retailer in the Northeast, celebrated the grand opening of three new store locations in Southington, Conn.; Springfield, Mass.; and Holyoke, Mass., on November 17, 2018.

Beautycounter to Open First Retail Store

Los Angeles — Beautycounter, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based leader in safer skin care and cleaner cosmetics, will open its first brick-and-mortar store at 51 Prince St. in New York City. Beautycounter develops and distributes its own high-performing products — including skin care, color cosmetics, advanced anti-aging, kids, baby and personal care collections.

David's Bridal Files for Chapter 11

Conshohocken, Pa. — On November 19, 2018, David's Bridal took the expected next step of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Doing so will reduce the company's debt by more than $400 million and provide significant financial flexibility to support long term growth prospects. The process is expected to be completed by early January.

Levin Management Names Vice President of Leasing

North Plainfield, N.J. — Levin Management Corporation (LMC) has appointed Stephanie Harris as vice president of leasing, according to Matthew K. Harding, president. This key addition augments LMC’s executive leadership team during a period of strong growth and transactional volume for the commercial real estate services firm.

Marcus Theatres Hires Former Smashburger President as EVP and COO

Milwaukee, Wis. — Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation, has hired Greg Creighton to the newly-created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer of Smashburger Master LLC, parent company of the fast-casual restaurant chain, Smashburger.

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