Convenience meets freshness at Spar
PENWORTHAM, England — Sometimes, in looking for new ideas in the retail industry, it helps to take a peek outside the borders of the United States.
Across the Atlantic Ocean, Spar — the United Kingdom’s largest convenience store group — has opened its latest flagship store that it calls “the next generation in convenience retail.” The new store in Penwortham, Lancashire, features standalone shelves near the front entrance with bins and baskets piled high with fresh fruit, vegetables and bread to create what the company calls an “authentic market feel.”
In addition to new products, the store also includes new technologies like free Wi-Fi and mobile phone-charging units.
Overall, the store is designed to have a fresh, modern look in an effort to create a new store type that the company said could be replicated nationwide. Spar, originally founded in the Netherlands in 1932, operates on a franchise model, with more than 2,600 stores in the United Kingdom.
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Not Your Mother’s hair care now available at Ricky’s NYC
TAMPA, Fla. — Not Your Mother’s hair care is further expanding its distribution by adding Ricky’s NYC to its retail mix.
The “one-stop supershop for everything beauty,” is playing host to a diverse, cult-like following of clients from hip teenagers and their moms to celebrities and pro hair stylists. As of mid-November, Ricky’s NYC has brought in Not Your Mother’s full line of hair care in all its retail stores as well as its online store.
“We are always working on staying ahead of the trend and offer products that offer that something extra,” stated Bethany Pagliarulo, Not Your Mother’s owner. “Ricky’s NYC is an amazing store and will introduce us to their great customers that might not yet have tried our products. Needless to say, we’re very excited to be part of their product mix.”
The line has experienced significant growth in 2012 adding new products, a new line of travel sizes and several major retailers. There are more than 11,500 retail locations in the United States currently selling Not Your Mother’s. The brand has also expanded internationally with success in Australia and this month in the U.K. (through Urban Outfitters). More international locations are expected to come in 2013.
Estee Lauder announces organizational redesign
NEW YORK — Estée Lauder — whose brands include American Beauty, Flirt!, Aveda and Origins — has announced an organizational restructuring that includes the expansion in the number of group presidents.
Specifically, under the enhanced organizational design, the company will expand its number of group presidents, from two to four, adding two new senior positions to top management. The company will also further realign its brands to leverage additional innovations and strategic synergies, increasing its ability to become even more locally relevant and ensuring sharp focus on the greatest opportunities globally, the beauty company stated.
Key highlights of the reorganization, effective Jan. 1, 2013, include the following:
Thia Breen has been named to the new position of group president North America. Breen will oversee both the United States and Canadian affiliates, to further drive growth in these markets.
Lynne Greene has been named to the new position of group pesident, continuing to oversee the Clinique, Origins and Ojon global brands, with the addition of the Aveda and Darphin brands. Greene also will join the company’s Investment and Development Committee to help guide global M&A strategy.
Breen and Greene will continue to report to president and CEO Fabrizio Freda.
The company also announced the realignment of several global brand positions and increased responsibilities of other leaders in the company.
“We owe the success of our company to our great leaders and people. The redesign we are announcing today expands the roles of several of our most senior executives and positions our company for sustained profitable growth. I am confident that given their new responsibilities, this team will continue to deliver superior results, further inspiring and motivating our dynamic culture,” stated executive chairman William P. Lauder.