Roughly two months removed from an initial public stock offering, Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin said the company is on track to implement a multi-year strategic plan following the release of second quarter results that showed broad based sales strength and healthy margins.
Ace Hardware is kicking off its J.D. Power Award Neighborhood Tour for the second year in a row. Recently ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores" for the eighth year in a row by J.D. Power, Ace will celebrate the achievement by taking all eight J.D. Power trophies on the road, visiting 38 states and more than 175 neighborhood stores.
Leading Northeastern food retailer Wegmans is introducing a new line of peeled, deveined and wild-caught Gulf of Mexico shrimp and enticing shoppers with seafood promotion featuring a wide range of domestically sourced products.
PetSmart has partnered with the City of Sacramento to bring a portable, popup dog park to Sacramento. The dog park, which provides more than 9,000 sq. ft. of space for pet owners and their pets, is now open.
Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, a leading live video platform for gamers. In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling e-sports organizations.
Ann Inc. is being urged to explore options, including a sale, by activist investor Engine Capital and Red Alder. The two firms, who collectively own more than 1% of the outstanding shares of Ann Inc., are publicly urging the company to sell at a substantial premium above current stock price.
Two industry retailers were honored for their political advocacy and grassroots support at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Political Involvement Reception during the NACDS Total Store Expo.
Although Ann Inc. began the quarter on a positive note, the company was unable to capitalize on the momentum it generated through mid-June. The second half of the quarter was marked by softer traffic levels and a highly promotional environment that pressured sales and margin.