Today’s Top Talk

  1. Whole Foods Market reportedly testing a new full-service store concept in a Fairfax, VA site which was previously slated to be a 365 store. It’s rumored that the store is one of two planned locations with the other set to be on the West Coast.
  2. Macy’s announced they are remodeling 100 stores after doing so in 50 locations last year. The retailer’s actions come forward as they’ve faced criticism in recent years for not keeping up as the marketplace has evolved. The chain has 640 stores in total.

Source: What Macy’s is doing to combat criticism of its aging mall locations | Dallas News

Source: Whole Foods may open new concept in Virginia | Grocery Dive

Chris Walton is an accomplished Senior Executive with nearly 20 years of success within the retail and retail technology industries. He is well-versed in merchandising, store operations, inventory management, product design, forecasting, e-commerce, pricing and promotions, and tech product development.

Chris was most recently a Vice President with Target, where he led the retailer’s Store of the Future project and also ran the Target’s home furnishing division for e-commerce. He previously worked for GAP, Inc., as a Distribution Analyst and Manager.

Chris holds a BA in Economics and History from Stanford University, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

He likes to dress as Darth Vader for Halloween, and his wife also frequently asks him to ask Alexa, "to turn off the music."

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