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2021 Retailers To Watch: Bed Bath & Beyond

On the heels of announcing its restructuring plan in February in order to simplify operations and cut costs, Bed Bath & Beyond has accelerated its digital-first, omni-always transformation as it battles the changing face of retail due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2021 Retailers To Watch: Kohl’s

Kohl’s raced to national prominence on a clever proposition— take outlet-type bargains to the people, opening stores designed to compete with mid-tier and department store retailers in strip malls, closer to the homes of consumers it wanted to make customers.

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2021 Retailers To Watch: Ocean State Job Lot

With a changing assortment of products but a steady focus on food, commodities and seasonal products at sharp prices, Ocean State Job Lot is a great place to bargain hunt for outdoor, pool and garden products, gourmet food items and inexpensive everyday needs and household goods such as kitchen gadgets, cookware, storage items and rugs.

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2021 Retailers To Watch: Lowe’s

The coronavirus pandemic gave home centers/home improvement retailers an essential retailer designation in the U.S., and Lowe’s benefited from that status, substantially growing its store traffic, market share and sales as consumers looked to the retailer for their do-it-yourself and home improvement needs.

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Bob Maricich, International Market Centers

Bob Maricich has a long history in the furnishings business including a stint as president and CEO of Century Furniture. Prior to that, he was president of American Drew and American of Martinsville after holding senior positions at companies such as Flexsteel and Texaco. He took over Internationals Market Centers leadership in 2008.

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Pamela Stafford, Hestan Culinary

A long-time veteran of the housewares industry and brand building, while working for Brady Marketing, Pamela Stafford was tapped by Stanley Cheng, founder of Hestan Smart Cooking and Hestan Culinary, to bring this new cookware brand to the market.

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Greg Cairo, Le Creuset Of America

Greg Cairo spent 14 years at Groupe SEB, USA, in a variety of roles, including high-ranking positions as vp/sales as well as president. In 2019, Cairo was tapped to lead Le Creuset of America after the retirement of long-time CEO Faye Gooding.

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Mike Evans, Bestar-Bush

Mike Evans has enjoyed a long career at ready-to-assemble furniture maker Bush Industries during which time he assumed multiple executive roles including supervising the company’s product leadership and global sourcing, and business development functions.

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Mark Tritton, Bed Bath & Beyond

Mark Tritton became Bed Bath & Beyond’s new president and CEO late last year and immediately faced the challenge of extending a turnaround strategy initiated by the board of directors but under the influence of new executives he brought on board soon after arriving.

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Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s

Marvin Ellison took the president and CEO role at Lowe’s two years ago and, at the same time, joined the company’s board of directors. He moved to Lowe’s from J.C. Penney, where he served as president and chairman of the board.

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Joana McKenna, Walker Edison

Walker Edison recently named Joana McKenna president. She reports directly to Brad Bonham, the company’s co-founder and CEO and will work with him and the company’s other co-founder, Matt Davis, COO, to enhance and drive the company’s growth initiatives.

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