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IKEA Continues U.S. Expansion
January 28, 2015
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA continues to expand in the United States with plans to open a new store in Columbus, Ohio.

NRF: Valentine’s Day Spending to Reach Record $18.9 Billion
January 28, 2015
According to the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day will spend $142.31 on candy, flowers, apparel and more, up from $133.91 last year. 

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to Open Minneapolis Store
January 28, 2015
Shorenstein Properties LLC and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH recently announced that Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH has signed a lease for 40,321 sq. ft. in the retail portion of Minneapolis City Center, continuing the fashion retailer’s 25-year presence in downtown Minneapolis. 

RDI Names 2014 Store of the Year
January 27, 2015
The Retail Design Institute (RDI) recently named its annual Store of the Year and recognized more than 45 retail design projects in 20-plus retail formats for excellence in design and execution.

UNIQLO to Enter Canadian Market
January 27, 2015
UNIQLO, a brand of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., will open two stores in Toronto in fall 2016, marking the brand’s first entry into the country and its 18th market overall. 

LAUFEN Opens First U.S. Showroom
January 27, 2015
Swiss bathroom manufacturer LAUFEN opened its first U.S. showroom and new North American offices on Dec. 3.

Fashion Designer Vince Camuto Dies at 78
January 26, 2015
Co-founder of Nine West, Vince Camuto has died. 

Gap to Close Smallest Brand, Piperlime
January 26, 2015
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. recently announced the decision to close its Piperlime brand, including the online platform and single store in New York, by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. 

Michael Kors to Open Tokyo Flagship
January 26, 2015
New York-based Michael Kors will open its largest Japanese flagship store this fall, on Chuo Street in Tokyo’s Ginza district.

Walmart Canada Continues Expansion
January 23, 2015
Walmart Canada will open 11 new supercenters by Jan. 29. 

INDUSTRY NEWS

Elevations Inc.’s William McHenry Dies at 61
January 28, 2015
President and owner of San Francisco-based Elevations Inc. William (Bill) McHenry passed away at his home Jan. 15. 

NRF Reveals ‘The List’ of People Shaping Retail’s Future
January 26, 2015
The NRF Foundation, the non-profit arm of the National Retail Federation, recently announced the individuals who have been named to “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.” 

The Doneger Group Names New Senior Vice President
January 26, 2015
New York-based The Doneger Group has appointed Roberto Ramos as senior vice president, global strategy and communications.

Visual Graphic Systems Expands West Coast Presence
January 26, 2015
Carlstadt, N.J.-based Visual Graphic Systems (VGS) recently announced the expansion of their West Coast presence with the appointment of Russ Cooley as director of experiential design and branding.

MulvannyG2 Architecture Announces Leadership Changes
January 21, 2015
Bellevue, Wash.-based Mulvannyg2 Architecture recently announced the promotion of senior principal Russell Hazzard to president of the company. 

Amerimax Launches Solution-Based Website
January 21, 2015
Lancaster, Pa.-based Amerimax has launched a new and improved amerimax.com. 

Móz Designs Announces Column Cover Product Expansion
January 13, 2015
Oakland, Calif.-based Móz Designs has announced new production capabilities and faster turnaround of architectural column covers. 

The Carlson Group Releases White Paper on Evaluation
January 13, 2015
Lombard, Ill.-based The Carlson Group (TCG) has released a new white paper: The Value of Evaluation.

Frank Mayer and Associates Announces Appointments
January 13, 2015
Frank Mayer and Associates Inc. recently announced the appointment of Jay Rivard as its new account executive. 

Rutland Group Announces Appointment
January 06, 2015
Pineville, N.C.-based Rutland Group recently announced the appointment of Mike Talley as its new global chief financial officer.