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Dollar Tree to Acquire Family Dollar Stores
July 29, 2014
Chesapeake, Va.-based Dollar Tree Inc. and Matthews, N.C.-based Family Dollar Stores Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Dollar Tree will acquire Family Dollar in a cash and stock transaction.

TCBY, Mrs. Fields Continue to Expand Dual-Brand Concept
July 29, 2014
Broomfield, Colo.-based Famous Brands Intl., the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, will debut its dual-brand TCBY and Mrs. Fields Cookies layout in Los Angeles.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Expand in Minnesota
July 29, 2014
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees, Brian and Sharon Weidendorf, to develop seven restaurants in Duluth, Minn., and the surrounding areas.

Destination Maternity Withdraws Proposal to Combine with Mothercare
July 28, 2014
Philadelphia-based Destination Maternity Corp. recently announced that it does not intend to make an offer for Mothercare plc and is withdrawing its proposal for a possible combination with the company.

Apple Opens China Store
July 28, 2014
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. has opened a new store in Chongqing, China, according to 9to5Mac.

Krystal Launches Redesign
July 28, 2014
Atlanta-based Krystal is refreshing its stores, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Starbucks Opens First of Three Planned Vietnam Stores
July 25, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. recently opened a new store in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Von Maur Makes Oklahoma Debut
July 25, 2014
Davenport, Iowa-based Von Maur Department will open its 30th store at Quail Springs Mall in northern Oklahoma City on Oct. 18.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Opens Pennsylvania Store
July 25, 2014
Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods will open a relocated store in Monroeville, Pa.

design:retail, Saks Fifth Avenue to Host West Coast Student Window Challenge
July 24, 2014
design:retail, in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue, will host the West Coast Student Window Challenge on Thursday, July 31.

INDUSTRY NEWS

DLC Opens New Office
July 24, 2014
Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based DLC Inc. is expanding its presence with the addition of a new office in the United States.

Leggett & Platt Considers Sale of Store Fixtures Business
July 23, 2014
Carthage, Mo.-based Leggett & Platt has engaged an investment banker and is exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible divestiture of its store fixtures business unit.

CBX Appoints Retail Veteran to Branded Environments Team
July 23, 2014
Global brand agency CBX has appointed Anthony Simon as group director of its branded environments team.

Genesis Mannequins Announces Formation of Genesis Mannequins USA LLC
July 22, 2014
Joe Klinow, formerly of Mondo Mannequins and Econoco Corp., and Andreas Gesswein of Genesis Display GmbH, recently announced the formation of Genesis Mannequins USA LLC.

Ideation Design Group Adds Account Manager
July 22, 2014
Phoenix-based interior architecture and design firm Ideation Design Group recently hired Ravin Crosby as an account manager.

OpenEye Grows Retail Design Team
July 22, 2014
New York-based OpenEye, a global digital media consultancy, has added three executives to its growing retail practice.

Aristech Acrylics, Avonite Surfaces Join Forces
July 03, 2014
As of June 1, Aristech Acrylics and Avonite Surfaces are the globally recognized brands of Aristech Surfaces LLC.

Imagine Tile, Daltile Announce Partnership
July 03, 2014
Imagine Tile recently announced a new partnership with Daltile.

RockTenn Opens New Design Center
July 03, 2014
Norcross, Ga.-based RockTenn has opened a new collaboration center in Bentonville, Ark.

DVUV Unveils New Logo, Branding Strategy
June 25, 2014
Cleveland-based DVUV has unveiled a new, updated logo for its UV-cured powdercoating for wood business.