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  • Macy’s Dumps Trump After Controversial Remarks

    MacysIncMacy’s said it will pull Donald Trump-branded merchandise from its shelves in the wake of racist remarks Trump made in his speech when he announced his candidacy for president. Aside from apparel, the Donald Trump brand includes barware and crystal gift bowls. In a statement emailed to HFN, Macy’s said it has decided to phase out the menswear collection; it did not mention the home merchandise. More

  • Las Vegas Market to Partner with ASD Marketweek

    Las Vegas MarketLas Vegas Market and ASD Marketweek (the Affordable Shopping Destination) are collaborating for the first time on a program called Two For Tuesday, bringing together the collective resources of the two trade shows. Two For Tuesday will run Aug. 4 from 1-6 p.m., during which time there will be free and continuous shuttle service between the Las Vegas Convention Center, where ASD takes place, and World Market Center. More

  • Bassett Furniture’s Q2 Revenues Rise 30.9 Percent

    BassettBassett Furniture Industries’ realized a 30.9 percent rise in sales to $111.6 million, driven by a whopping 27 percent increase in shipments to its dedicated retail stores for the quarter ended May 30. Net sales for the 59 company-owned Bassett Home Furnishings stores were $63.9 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared to $53.3 million for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of $10.6 million, or 20 percent. More

  • Kroger COO Ellis Retires

    Mike EllisMike Ellis, president and chief operating officer of Kroger, has retired after a 40-year career. Ellis joined Fred Meyer in 1975 as a parcel clerk at the age of 16. He went from there to serve in a series of operations and merchandising positions in stores, division management and as a corporate officer. More

  • Jia Opens Retail Store in China

    The Jia Plus storeJia, the Chinese design-based housewares company, has opened its first retail store, called Jia Plus, in Shin Kong Place, Suzhou. The store offers unique products for the kitchen, dining table and living room from Jia as well as other design-oriented companies such as the Danish brand Menu; Italesse, an Italian cutlery brand; French wine accessories brand L’Atelier du Vin; the German cutlery brand Mono; and Taiwan’s premium lighting design brand QisDesign. More

  • New Showrooms to Launch this Summer

           Several companies have announced plans to open showrooms in Atlanta and Las Vegas this summer. Marcella Fine Rugs will close its AmericasMart showroom in Atlanta, as it will instead show an expanded depth and breadth of its product offerings in its Buckhead location, in the Marcella Building at the intersection of Piedmont and Peachtree roads. More

  • Smithsonian to Unveil Demo Kitchen for “Food Fridays”

    SmithsonianWith help from housewares vendors such as Le Creuset, KitchenAid, Kitchen IQ and Silpat, and retailers such as Sur La Table and Wegmans, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open a demonstration kitchen in the Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza this Friday, July 3, with the debut of “Food Fridays.” More

  • Housing on a Roll in May

    For sale houseTwo key indicators have shown that the U.S. housing market has become ever more healthy in recent months. The Pending Home Sales Index, a measure of future home sales based on contract signings compiled by the National Association of Realtors, reached its highest level in nine years in May, picking up 0.9 percent to finish at 112.6. More

  • Larger, More Accessible Homes in Demand

    Outdoor seatingAs the housing market continues to recover, homeowners are seeking larger homes and more accessibility inside and outside of the home, according to the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2015. The report focuses specifically on overall home layout and the use of interior and exterior space, which could certainly impact the design and style of future home furnishings . More

  • Boyer Named Pier 1 CFO

    Jeffrey BoyerPier 1 Imports has hired Jeffrey Boyer, former executive with Tuesday Morning , as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective July 27. At that time, Boyer will assume charge over Pier 1’s financial operations and accounting, financial reporting, planning and analysis, treasury, tax and investor relations. He will succeed Laura Coffey, who will continue in her current role as interim chief financial officer until Boyer comes aboard. More

  • Good Looks Get Noticed in Dallas

    DallasTotalHomeThe freshest, most innovative and most creative displays won the approval of judges this week at the Total Home & Gift Market. The Best Visual Presentation Awards take place twice a year during the January and June Total Home & Gift Markets. More

  • Vandor Adds Sesame Street License to Lineup

    Sesame StreetVandor is adding Sesame Street tableware and a line of eco-friendly cups and plates made of bamboo to its portfolio of licenses , and is extending its drinkware offerings. The Sesame Street license includes all-time favorite Muppet characters, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch, who will be featured on Vandor’s regular and insulated shopper totes, 14- and 18-ounce Tritan water bottles and oval-shaped 18-ounce ceramic mugs. More