Blake Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom, dies at 58 by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire. “His passing comes less than a month after he disclosed that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma…Executive leadership of Nordstrom will continue under company co-presidents Pete and Erik Nordstrom, the retailer said.” Read more
After 104 years, Lord & Taylor’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue locked its doors forever by Verena Dobnik at NY Daily News. “The 11-story building has been sold to the WeWork space-leasing company for more than $850 million. Forty-five other, smaller Lord & Taylor stores remain open, mostly on the East Coast.” Read more
Jeff Bezos rides horse into Western store in Colorado by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire. “Bezos was captured on New Year’s Eve in Aspen, Colo., riding a horse into a Western apparel store called Kemo Sabe.” Pics/Read more
Camping World Announces Executive Management Realignment “As previously disclosed, Roger Nuttall resigned from his position as President of the Company’s dealership group on December 21, 2018, and his responsibilities will be divided up between Marcus Lemonis and four tenured Divisional RV Presidents.” Press release
PetSmart selects Empower to handle all traditional media buying and planning in the U.S. by Megan Graham at Ad Age. “PetSmart VP of marketing Joice Wirkus said in a statement that the marketer intends to focus its investments more on digital video, and felt Empower’s experience in data-driven and advanced video was a fit.” Tiered subs.
How Eddie Lampert plans to save Sears — or sell its real estate assets by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “The offers will be vetted by the White Plains federal bankruptcy court on Friday. At the same time, there are competing offers from liquidators who would sell Sears for its parts.” Read more
Tickets for college football championship game available for cheap via USA Today. “It’s sort of a perfect storm of factors at play this year,” said Jesse Lawrence, the founder of TicketIQ, a secondary ticket market. “It’s a big ask for fans to come and that’s why we’re seeing the prices the way they are.” Read more
ShopRite kicks Can Can girls ad to the curb by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “That’s despite ShopRite’s insistence this summer that the girls…would return in January after they first went missing in July…“From time to time, we refresh the creative for this iconic sale,” said Karen O’Shea, a spokeswoman for corporate parent Wakefern.” Read more
SpartanNash hires new CIO from SC Johnson & Sons Press release
Amazon’s Biggest Bull Says It Should Disrupt Gas Stations at Bloomberg. “Gas stations would also “provide the company additional data on the physical whereabouts of consumers,” as it would have “thousands more locations where it would know where consumers were shopping,” Forte wrote in a Wednesday note to clients.” Tiered subs.
The No. 1 lottery seller in Texas now includes a drive-thru lottery window by Lauren Talarico at KHOU 11. “Lucky Rudy’s in Rosenberg opened its new store this past fall, and the store says it’s the only lottery drive-thru in the area and maybe even all of Texas. “Lucky” Rudy’s has long been the place that people go to buy their lottery tickets, believing it’s the luckiest.” Read more
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