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The Container Store’s Tindell Elected Chair of NRF Board

Kip Tindell

NEW YORK–The National Retail Federation today announced that Kip Tindell, The Container Store’s chairman and CEO, has been elected chairman of the NRF board of directors and chairman of its executive committee. Tindell was elected at the board of directors meeting held Sunday during NRF’s 104th Annual Convention and EXPO, Retail’s BIG Show, held here.More »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

Twin-Star Moves to Larger Las Vegas Showroom

Twin-Star International

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.-Twin-Star International will debut its latest products in a new showroom at the upcoming January Las Vegas Market. Located in World Market Center, showroom A-1016, the new showroom boasts 10,000 square feet of space as the layout provides a more home-like setting, enabling retailers to view the company’s offerings in a lifestyle environment.More »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

kathy ireland Worldwide Partners With A&B Home for Home Decor

WithIt to Honor Kathy Ireland

LOS ANGELES–A&B Home Group Inc. has teamed with kathy ireland Worldwide for home decor, garden, accent furniture and dinnerware to be distributed through kiWW’s Jardin and ACafe Society divisions. A soft launch of the first pieces of home decor and accent furniture will take place at the January Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas markets. TheMore »

Last updated: January 7, 2015

Pride Family Brands Appoints Cunningham General Manager

Beth Cunningham

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–Beth A. Cunningham has been named general manager for Pride Family Brands. It is a new position for the company. Cunningham has been with Pride Family Brands for 12 years, most recently serving as operations manager. In her new role, Cunningham will be responsible for management of Pride’s customer service department, the orderMore »

Last updated: January 7, 2015

La-Z-Boy Names Runyon Chief Human Resources Officer


MONROE, Mich.–La-Z-Boy Incorporated has appointed Barbara J. Runyon as chief human resources officer. Runyon will join the company on Feb. 2, and will report to Kurt L. Darrow, La-Z-Boy’s chief executive officer.  She will provide leadership and oversight for talent management, employee engagement, workforce development and compensation and benefits. Runyon joins La-Z-Boy from PepsiCo/The PepsiMore »

Last updated: January 7, 2015

Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market Opens

Additions, Launches Planned for Gift Show in Atlanta

ATLANTA–Today marks the opening of the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart. The event runs through next Tuesday, Jan. 13. The Downton Abbey brand will expand at the market with a new lighting line from River of Goods. Lesley Nicol, the actress who plays the cook Mrs. Patmore, will visit the RiverMore »

Last updated: January 6, 2015

Weir’s Furniture Names Hawley CEO

Jamie Hawley

DALLAS–Jamie Hawley has been named CEO of Weir’s Furniture, a family-owned retail chain based here. Hawley has 25 years of experience in customer-centric industries, including consumer-packaged goods, retail, restaurant and telecommunications. He has served as a corporate consultant and interim executive for Fortune 500, public and private corporations, including Lala Foods’ warehouse division where heMore »

Last updated: January 5, 2015

Vaughan Furniture Will Close


GALAX, Va.–Vaughan Furniture Co., a longtime case goods producer, is closing. In an internal memo sent to its sales force Dec. 30, the 91-year-old company said that despite extensive efforts to grow its business and return to profitability, the company had experienced declining sales and losses to its income statement. The company confirmed that whileMore »

Last updated: January 2, 2015