Flanner's moving to Colder's West Allis site
Flanner's Home Entertainment will move by the end of the month to a new store carved out of the Colder's building on S. 108th St. in West Allis.
Colder's, a longtime Milwaukee area furniture and appliance retailer, bought the bankrupt Flanner's business last summer. Since then, Colder's has operated the high-end electronics operation in its existing store at 16220 W. Blue Mound Road in Brookfield.
Lance Zabrowski, general manager at Flanner's, said the owners decided to move from the rented space in Brookfield as a way to trim expenses. The new 9,000-square-foot store, at 333A S. 108th St., is within the Colder's retail building, but it has its own entrance and is not accessible to customers from inside the Colder's store.
Zabrowski said Colder's is considering expanding the Flanner's business to as many as three more locations, either freestanding or in Colder's stores.
The Flanner's store is staffed by former Flanner's employees who were rehired after Colder's bought the business.
- Meijer store in Sussex to open Tuesday
- National Business Furniture grand opening set for June 14
- Men's retailer Richard Bennett Tailors moving to Brookfield Square from Mayfair
- Bon-Ton Stores Inc. planning to sell, lease back three more stores
- Hallmark aiming for another touchdown: Packer Jordy Nelson is 2016 Keepsake ornament
- Wisconsin's first Akira store opens Friday at Brookfield Square
- Downtown Boston Store's new furniture department debuts Thursday
- Meijer partners with Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin network
- Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly lands meat contest awards
- TUMI luggage store to open at Pleasant Prairie outlet mall
Retail Business News
Lands' End Inc. on Tuesday said it has promoted a longtime executive to chief marketing officer, quickly filling a post left vacant a month ago.
Named to the position, and to an executive vice president slot, is Becky Gebhardt, formerly chief creative officer with the Dodgeville-based retailer. Gebhardt has been with Lands' End since 1991.
In her new role — a critical one for any retailer — Gebhardt succeeds Steven Rado, whose resignation was disclosed last month in a filing with securities regulators. No reason was given for Rado's departure. Lands' End said in the filing that it planned to search externally for a replacement.
The firm also said Tuesday that it has hired Mike Zhang as vice president for e-commerce, digital marketing and innovation, and promoted Mike Holahan to senior vice president for multichannel marketing. Both men will report to Gebhardt.