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Rally House Opens Second Storefront in Wisconsin

Rally House expands its presence in Wisconsin to two storefronts after opening Rally House Outlets at The Dells in Baraboo on May 17. Last October, Rally House opened its House Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa, WI.

Ex-Nike DEI Boss Sentenced to 5 Years for Fraud 

Barbara Furlow-Smiles stole over $5 million from Nike and Facebook as a DEI manager. Her excessive greed got her a sentence of five years and three months in Federal prison this week.

Pnuma Outdoors and Heated Core Appoint Brand Manager

Amber Liljestrand previously worked at Bass Pro Shops, where she was the assistant merchant for Hunting and Tactical Apparel, overseeing design, development and promotion of proprietary brands while collaborating with major national brands.

MEC to Open New Store in Ontario, Canada

MEC, the Canadian outdoor retailer, reported it will open a freestanding store in Whitby, Ontario, in July 2024, its seventh standalone store in Ontario and 23rd standalone in Canada. 

Puma Appoints Bas van den Bemt as Managing Director Central Europe  

Bas van den Bemt is Puma’s new managing director for central Europe, starting July 1, overseeing business in the Dach and Benelux regions. He replaces Nina Graf-Vlachy, who decided to pursue opportunities outside the company. Lucynda Davies will take over Van den Bemt’s role as managing director of Puma UK and Ireland.

Boot Barn Ends the Year with 400 Doors, with Q4 Comps Falling in Mid Singles

An 8.7 percent decrease in net sales was said to be the result of the decrease in consolidated same-store sales and the impact of a 13-week quarter when compared to a 14-week quarter in the prior-year Q4 period, partially offset by the incremental sales from new stores opened over the past twelve months.

Vasque Footwear Expands Waypoint and OSM Sales Partnerships

Vasque expanded Waypoint Outdoor’s coverage to the Southwest and South Central regions, while Outdoor Sports Marketing now extends its reach to the Mid-Atlantic—the two groups now represent six of Vasque’s sales regions.

Meijer Opens New Supercenters in Michigan and Northeast Ohio

Meijer opened its first store in Michigan in 1934. Today, it opened a new 159,000-square-foot supercenter in Hillsdale, MI and two new 159,000-square-foot supercenters in Northeast Ohio. This summer, the retailer will celebrate its 90th anniversary as a family-owned Midwest retailer.