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Bite Footwear Hires Hasson as Key Acct. Rep.

Bite Footwear hired Julie Hasson as the Key Accounts Representative for the West Coast. In her new role, Hasson will oversee key accounts in the West Coast territory as well as help Bite Footwear merchandise its specially designed footwear for women. Hass

OutDoor Launches New Asia Trade Show

One month after the OutDoor 2006 European retail trade fair in Friedrichshafen, the first ASIA OUTDOOR will be held in the Chinese city of Nanjing that has a population of seven million. The organisers are promising a further boost for the industry that i

Billabong Opens Chamonix Store

Billabong has officially opened a new partner store in Chamonix, the mountain resort in the French Alps, on the December 3 2005. Billabong’s partnership with one of the largest, most established retailers, Jean-François Coquoz in the region marks the fulf

REI to Build New DC in Bedford Pa.

In an effort to support its future retail growth with an expanded presence in the eastern U.S., REI announced plans for a second distribution center to be located in Bedford, Pa. In connection with the new distribution Center, Pennsylvania Governor Edward

EMU Australia Appoints Nat’l Sales Manager and Director of Design

EMU Australia announced the appointment of Jerry Breig as the company’s new national sales and marketing manager and Dawn Caylor as director of design. Jerry spent nine of the last ten years leading sales efforts — first domestically and then internation

Scarpa Recalls T2X

Scarpa has recalled about 2,300 pairs of their T2X Telemark Ski Boots. The plastic boot cuff can crack when flexed open in an unbuckled, non-skiing position causing discomfort on the ankle or shin, making the problem evident prior to skiing and thus unsui

Clear Thinking Named TAF Liquidation Trustee

Clear Thinking Group, LLC, a retailing/consumer products and industrial manufacturing consultancy, and Joseph E. Myers, a partner and managing director in the firm, have been appointed liquidation trustee for athletic shoe retailer Athlete’s Foot Stores,

Intrawest Completes Mammoth Sale

Intrawest Corporation announced that a group controlled by Starwood Capital Group Global, L.L.C. has completed the previously announced purchase of a majority interest in Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, based on an enterprise value of $365 million. The transac

Timberland Completes SmartWool Acquisition

The Timberland Company announced that it has completed its acquisition of SmartWool Corporation. The deal was originally announced on November 7, 2005, for a total purchase price of approximately $82 million. The SmartWool acquisition reflects continued p

Puma Takes Majority Interest In Argentinian Distributor

PUMA will become the majority shareholder of UNISOL S.A. UNISOL is the current PUMA licensee for footwear, apparel and accessories in Argentina and has been responsible for the distribution of PUMA products in Argentina for almost 30 years. With this join

Royal Robbins Hires Beller as Key Acct. Manager

Royal Robbins, a leading manufacturer of travel and outdoor apparel, today announced the appointment of Morgan Beller as key account manager for REI, effective immediately. In this role, Beller will handle day-to-day liaison with REI, one of the leading

Cabela’s Appoints Murray to Board

Stephen P. Murray has been appointed to Cabela's Board of Directors. Mr. Murray has been a partner in the New York office of JPMorgan Partners since 1994 and member of the firm since 1984. JPMorgan Partners is a leading private equity firm with over

Chick’s Sporting Goods Puts New Investment to Work…

Chick’s Sporting Goods, the SoCal-based big-box retailer, has inked leases for three new stores in newly-planned power centers in the Southern California market.
Chick’s received a $4 million cash infusion in June 2005 from Nogales Investment Fund, which

November Retail Sales Up Slightly…

The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that retail industry sales for November (excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) rose a strong 7.4% unadjusted over last year and increased 0.5% seasonally adjusted from the previous month, showing a

Earth Products Sets Sights on EU…

Earth Products expanded its reach in the European market with the establishment of Earth Products Europe, the company’s new European headquarters located in Münster, Germany. Through Earth Products Europe, the company expects to expand the reach of its A