Personnel Updates

• Lord & Taylor (33) has named Ruth Hartman as President of the company.

• Michaels Stores Inc. (48) has appointed Vidya Jwala to the newly created role of Chief Customer Officer.

• Walmart Stores Inc. (244) announced Kathryn McLay has been promoted to President and CEO of Sam’s Club.


Industry Insight

• Aeropostale Inc. has partnered with Canadian retailer YM Inc. to launch an Aeropostale collection across 75 Bluenotes stores.


Real Estate

• Aeropostale Inc. has revealed plans to add 20 to 30 freestanding concept stores across Canada throughout 2020.

• Inc. announced plans to open a fulfillment center in Mississippi’s DeSoto County.

• Capital Lumber Co. has opened a new lumber yard in Sacramento, CA.

• Lowe’s Canada announced that it will close 34 stores, including 26 Rona locations, 6 Lowe’s stores, and 2 Reno-Depot stores.

• Lululemon Athletica Inc. opened a new 19,700 sq. ft. store at Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

• Menard Inc. announced plans to open a new location in Athens, OH.

• Recreational Equipment Inc. opened four stores and entered two new markets. The retailer opened stores in Farmington, UT, and Huntsville, AL, as well as it’s first-ever locations in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) and in Vermont (Williston).

• Sundance Holdings Group, LLC has announced the opening of a new store in Kenwood, OH. It is the company’s first in the region, and is one of three new stores set to open before the end of the year.