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Gap Announces Global Expansion Plans
July 22, 2014
San Francisco-based Gap Inc. recently announced plans to introduce the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria through agreements with new and existing franchise partners.

Walmart Expanding Into India
July 22, 2014
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has added $102.9 million into its Indian wholesale business, according to Reuters.

Famous Brands Inks Deal in the U.A.E.
July 22, 2014
Broomfield, Colo.-based Famous Brands Intl., the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, signed a new master franchise deal with Dubai-based The Luxury Gourmet Sweets and Candies.

Ross Stores Opens 30 New Locations
July 21, 2014
Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Stores recently announced the June and July openings of 23 Ross Dress for Less and seven dd's DISCOUNTS.

PBteen Opens Arizona Store
July 21, 2014
PBteen, a member of the San Francisco-based Williams-Sonoma Inc.’s portfolio of brands, recently opened a store at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, Ariz.

DICK'S Sporting Goods Opens Relocated Ohio Store
July 21, 2014
Pittsburgh-based DICK'S Sporting Goods recently announced that it will open a relocated store at Easton Gateway Shopping Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Field & Stream Continues Expansion
July 18, 2014
Specialty sporting goods retailer Field & Stream, which is owned and operated by Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods, continues to expand its store base with two new locations—in Columbus, Ohio, and Cary, N.C.

RadioShack Opens Fifth Interactive Remodeled Store in New Orleans Area
July 18, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack will open its fifth interactive remodeled store in the New Orleans area on July 19.

The Cheesecake Factory Expands to Mexico
July 18, 2014
Calabasas Hills, Calif.-based The Cheesecake Factory announced that its licensee in Latin America, Alsea, S.A.B. de C.V., has opened its first The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Mexico in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Starbucks Unveils Colombia Store
July 17, 2014
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. debuted its first store in Colombia.

INDUSTRY NEWS

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.

Big Red Rooster Expands Team
June 25, 2014
Columbus, Ohio-based Big Red Rooster has added 10 new associates, including three senior leaders to support digital experience, strategy and creative direction.

Affinion Group Plans to Expand Presence in Retail Channel
June 25, 2014
Stamford, Conn.-based Affinion Group recently announced an agreement with Prime Direct Brands, a marketing and distribution company with broad retail expertise.

KYDEX Opens Materials Testing Facility
June 09, 2014
Bloomsburg, Pa.-based KYDEX LLC recently opened a materials testing facility, called FSTLab, at its headquarters in Bloomsburg, Pa.