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  • Four Macy’s Off-Price Stores to Open in Fall

    Macy's Inc. logoMacy’s, Inc. said it will open four pilot off-price stores in metro New York City this fall. To be called Macy’s Backstage, the stores will average about 30,000 square feet and include housewares and home textiles as well as apparel, shoes, fashion accessories, intimate apparel and jewelry. More

  • True Value Names O’Connor CFO

    True ValueTrue Value Company announced Deborah O’Connor will join the company as senior vice president and chief financial officer, succeeding current CFO David Shadduck who left True Value effective last month.O’Connor comes to True Value with a wealth of retail experience having worked in various finance roles over the last 25 years. More

  • Wayfair Partners with HGTV “Fixer Upper” Stars

    Joanna Gaines and Chip GainesOnline home furnishings retailer Wayfair has announced a partnership with Joanna Gaines and Chip Gaines, stars of HGTV’s series “Fixer Upper” and owners of Magnolia Homes. Wayfair will feature the renovation duo and their design tips in an upcoming marketing campaign. More

  • Hathcock Named President of Mod Life Collection

    Kiersten Hathcock Mod Life Collection has named Kiersten Hathcock president, a newly created position. She will work with Robert Petril, founder of Mod Life Collection, to further develop Mod Life’s lifestyle brand through the management of the sales operations, consumer and industry marketing initiatives, and new upholstered product for the Mod Life and Mod Mom brands. More

  • Gien Sets it Sights on U.S. Market

    GienFrench tabletop company Gien has pledged to increase its U.S. business via a coordinated, American-based sales team, a new customer service department and a new logistics partner based in Atlanta. “As we are expanding Gien internationally, we have identified the United States as a market crucial to the company’s overall growth,” said Pascal D’halluin, CEO. More

  • Relief for Nepal Continues to Pour In

    NepalEarthquakeThe rug industry has rallied behind Nepal after its recent devastating earthquake, giving donations and promoting relief organizations to help. The death toll for the earthquake, which hit Nepal April 25, is now more than 7,500 people, with more than 14,500 injured. As of April 30, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that $415 million is needed for humanitarian relief. More

  • Rugs America Releases 2015 Catalog

    Rugs America Rugs America has released its 2015 catalog, which, at 440 pages, is a third larger than last year’s catalog. It also shows 70 percent more collections than last year. The 29 collections highlighted in the 2015 edition range from machine-made to handmade rugs, including top sellers such as Aspen, which is power loomed in Turkey with 100 percent wool-like heat-set polypropylene. More

  • Capel Rugs Awards Biltmore Gift Basket to Sandy’s Furniture Exec

    capellogoCapel Rugs raffled off a Biltmore gift basket to Stephanie Herzog, assistant sales manager at Sandy’s Furniture in Vero Beach, Fla., during last month’s High Point Market. The Biltmore’s licensing program will kick off its 25th anniversary this summer, and Capel has been a licensee for many years. More

  • Greg Johnson Retiring at Bealls

    BeallsThis time Greg Johnson says it’s for good. Johnson announced last week that he would be retiring as vice president and general merchandise at Bealls Department Store here at the end of this week. Johnson retired once before 11 years ago but came back to retailing seven years ago to join Bealls. The long-time industry retailing veteran said about his first retirement, “It didn’t stick.” More

  • Las Vegas Design Center to Recognize Top Interior Design

    LVDCLas Vegas Design Center has created a design awards program titled “ANDYZ,” in partnership with the California Central/Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, to recognize and celebrate the year’s best interior design. Projects by interior designers, architects and design students based in the region will be honored in nine categories at the inaugural ANDYZ awards during Las Vegas Market this summer. More

  • Sabi Space Bath Line Addresses Aging Population

    SabiInspired by aging baby boomers, Sabi Space recently debuted a line of bathroom hardware designed around a peg system that is both easy to install and has a modern design that appeals to all ages. This demographic interests Assaf Wand, founder and CEO, and after seeing a lack of products addressing the aging population, he set out to fill a niche. More

  • Retail Scorecard: Blenders

    Retail ScorecardBlenders from Ninja, KitchenAid and Blendtec were among those on sale at Macy’s last week. The Ninja NJ 600 Professional Blender could be had from $99.99, down from $149.99. The Ninja NutriNinja 2-in-1 Blender was priced down from $169.99 to $119, and the Ninja NutriNinja Duo Auto iQ Blender was sale-priced at $199.99 (was $324.99). More