In Hawaii, City Mill plans new store


City Mill Co. plans to open a new store in Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, at the Laulani Village Shopping Center.

As the second anchor store, City Mill will encompass 40,000 sq. ft. with a 5,000-sq.-ft. area for additional garden, lumber and building materials. The new store is expected to open in late 2012. It will be the company’s ninth store.

Steven Ai, City Mill president and CEO said: “We are excited about this new City Mill addition, especially since there is so much growth in West Oahu and in the Ewa Beach area. We hope to be a strong member of that community, as we are in other neighborhoods where we have locations.”

The project developer is Safeway Inc. and it, along with City Mill, will be the shopping center anchor stores. Laulani Village will be the newest and largest retail development in Ewa history, with about 70 retailers, businesses and services. Groundbreaking of Laulani Village was on Nov. 3, 2011, with an anticipated opening date in late 2012. 

City Mill Co., Ltd. is a 113-year-old, Hawaii-based company that was founded in 1899 as a rice and lumber mill. It continues to be a private, family-owned and operated company whose primary business is to sell home improvement and related products for the repair and maintenance of the home and office. The company will celebrate its 113th anniversary this year. 

In 2010, City Mill represented the 110th largest company in Hawaii with total sales of $67 million. On a national level, in 2010, City Mill represented the 125th largest hardware/home improvement center in the United States.


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Customers help break up Oregon shoplifting ring


A group of Home Depot customers in Beaverton, Ore., helped authorities solve a dozen shoplifting cases involving close to $500,000 in stolen merchandise from a variety of businesses, according to an article in the Portland Tribune.

Police said that three suspects were taken into custody on Dec. 26 after shoppers reported two men wheeling a shopping cart full of merchandise through an emergency exit door at the Beaverton store around 11:30 a.m. After watching the men load the goods into a waiting utility trailer, the witnesses took down a description of the car — a black Toyota 4-Runner — before it drove away.

Officers soon stopped the vehicle and trailer and detained the three men. Inside they found more than $1,200 worth of Home Depot merchandise and returned it to the business, according to the report.

Upon further investigation, police learned that the men may have been involved in dozens of similar thefts. Authorities found storage lockers full of items, including tools and equipment from construction sites, appliances from new residential construction projects, two ski boats, three enclosed utility trailers, a 24-ft. recreational vehicle, and computers and equipment from local businesses and restaurants. The estimated total of the stolen merchandise was $484,441.

Arrested and charged with first-degree theft were 34-year-old William George Hazelwood III, a transient; 45-year-old Michael O’Sullivan of Beaverton; and 35-year-old Charles Daniel Smith of Tualatin.


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Sears brings in a new merchandising leader


Sears Holdings hired Ron Boire as executive VP and chief merchandising officer. Boire, who previously was president and CEO of Brookstone, will lead merchandising and retail stores for both the Sears and Kmart brands.  

He will work with the company’s leadership team to better serve its customers and Shop Your Way Rewards Members by integrating their experiences across stores, online, services and mobile capabilities, the company said.

"We are in the midst of a transformation of our business, from top to bottom, as we seek to become the leading integrated retailer in the country," said Lou D’Ambrosio, Sears Holdings’ CEO and president. "By attracting someone with Ron’s significant experience in retail, merchandising and product development as well as in leading companies through turnarounds, we’re adding a key talent in accelerating our transformation."

The move comes shortly after Sears announced plans to close 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores.

D’Ambrosio added, "We have made some difficult decisions recently and will make the hard choices necessary to turn our business around going forward. At the same time, we will continue to invest to better serve our customers by delivering world-class, integrated experiences across our stores, our online sites, our services and our mobile capabilities  And we will continue to invest in our people, ensuring that we have the talent and skills necessary to effect this transformation."

Prior to Brookstone, Boire served as president, U.S. Toys, North America for Toys "R" Us from 2006 to 2009, overseeing merchandising, marketing and operations for 600 stores in the United States and 70 in Canada.  He joined Toys "R" Us after serving as the executive VP global merchandise manager for Best Buy, responsible for managing Best Buy’s $30 billion U.S. Business Teams, global technology and vendor management, global sourcing and private label development. Before that, Boire served in a variety of increasingly senior roles during a 17-year career at Sony Electronics Inc., including president of Sony’s Consumer Sales Co. and president of Sony’s Personal Mobile Products Co. 


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