Retail

The Vitamin Shoppe taps new SVP of retail sales and operations

Secaucus-based The Vitamin Shoppe has named Neal Panza senior vice president of retail sales and operations, effective immediately. Panza has spent the last two decades in leadership positions in retail, including three years spent running one-third of The Disney Store and The Children’s Place locations in the country and two years as vice president of ...

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NJ hatchet throwing chain eyes 7 state expansion

Stu Josberger and Mark Oliphant were chopping wood to fuel the chimenea one night in Toms River when they made a game out of throwing their hatchets. Their wives Kelly and Trish joined in shortly thereafter, and it became a fun backyard activity they’d share with friends and guests.             ...

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Business incubation comes to the mall

If the best place to incubate a food business is a test kitchen, where would the best place to incubate a retail business be? Walk into 1776’s new space in Cherry Hill, and you’ll realize the answer: a mall. “We [serve our consumer product-facing companies] by providing them introductions to capital, mentors that have brought ...

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Blo Blow Dry bar expands with three NJ locations

Looking for a blow out to last you all week? Blo Blow Dry Bar, the largest blow dry bar franchise in the country, will open three New Jersey locations in the next three months. There is currently only one location in the state. The newest location will open on Feb. 13 in West Orange. Locations ...

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Hudson Group wins 10-year contract at Indianapolis International Airport

North American travel retailer Hudson Group on Tuesday announced it won new business at Indianapolis International Airport, bringing exciting national brands and one-of-a-kind retail concepts to the Hoosier state. According to a press release, the 10-year contract, which is part of the airport’s concessions refresh program, includes nine stores and nearly 9,000 incremental square feet ...

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Like a good neighbor

When Brian Kulbacki’s younger brother flew home to New Jersey for Christmas, he came to share a less than stellar reality: He was one of 800,000 federal workers affected by the government shutdown, and one of 420,000 “essential employees” who were required to work sans paycheck. Some businesses back home in Chicago are softening the ...

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A self-help solution for towns (access required)

When it comes to commerce, New Jersey in general and Essex County in particular are thriving hubs. From the county’s diverse, educated population — 64% of residents are black, Hispanic or Asian, and nearly half have a bachelor’s, graduate, or higher degree, according to Choose New Jersey — to the nearly 19,000 businesses that the ...

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Orangetheory set to open 7 NJ locations in 2019

Orangetheory Fitness, a high intensity interval training fitness franchise, will open seven locations in New Jersey this year. Studios in Freehold, Rockaway, Wayne, Somerville, Paramus, Ramsey, and Short Hills are slated to open between April and December. Franchisee Adam Krell is the area developer for Orangetheory, owning locations in the tristate area. A New Jersey ...

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In-store designer LG&P acquires retail event company Synergy Events

Brand-building event company Synergy Events, located in Neptune, has been acquired by Paramus-based brand and retail marketing agency LG&P, which designs and produces in-store fixtures and environments. The new organization, Synergy, an LG&P Company, will design and produce shopper environments that drive sales and return on investment for clients. “As part of the LG&P organization, ...

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Report: Sears saved from bankruptcy

Sears Holdings Corp. has reached a $5 billion deal with Chairman Eddie Lampert to keep 425 stores open, CNBC reported Wednesday. Lampert upped his offer from about $4.4 billion to $5.3 billion to save the failing retail giant through his hedge fund ESL Investments Inc. His offer beat out Closter-based Abacus Advisory Group LLC’s offer ...

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Carhartt to open first standalone NJ store

Outdoor clothing store Carhartt will open a standalone New Jersey store in Cherry Hill on Jan. 31. While some stores currently carry the brand, this will be its first standalone store in the state and 30th in the nation. With this opening, the brand’s footprint spans 18 states. “This Carhartt store is the first of ...

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