METROPARK CEO MOVE: Los Angeles-based mall specialty store chain Metropark announced that Robert Allison, a member of the company’s board, has been named chief executive officer. Former ceo and company co-founder Orv Madden will stay on as chairman. The three-year-old company plans to add 14 stores to its portfolio of 25 locations by the end of this year.
NEW NOMINATIONS: François Pinault has been elevated to Commander of the Legion of Honor by France’s Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry for service to his country. The promotion of the French entrepreneur, who owns Gucci Group parent PPR, was part of the government’s traditional Easter honors. Hubert de Givenchy was reportedly promoted to Officer of the Legion of Honor at the same time.
ADIDAS CONSOLIDATES FACILITIES: To increase efficiency and use synergies, the Adidas Group is consolidating its distribution centers by fall 2009 into new quarters in Spartanburg, S.C., where the company plans to build a 1.1 million-square-foot footwear facility and an 800,000-square-foot apparel facility. Currently, the Adidas apparel distribution center is in Hebron, Ky., and its footwear is in Spartanburg. The Reebok brand’s apparel is distributed out of Memphis and its footwear comes out of Stoughton and Norwood, Mass. The consolidation will affect approximately 375 Adidas and Reebok brand employees. The company is offering them jobs in the new facilities or severance packages.
NEW BALANCE AUCTIONS FOR EDUCATION: New Balance and chasingKIMBIA, a blogumentary about marathon runners from Kenya, are uniting for the “Auction for Education” to benefit the KIMbia Foundation, which benefits education in Kenya, where fewer than one in four children attend high school. The first auctioned item will be a custom pair of KIMbia racing flats signed by Team New Balance athletes Ben Maiyo and Stephen “Baba” Kiogora that are the same model the two runners will wear for the 2007 Boston Marathon on April 16. This initial auction will close Saturday morning, and additional auction items, including the athletes’ actual race singlets and shoes, will be posted on chasingKIMBIA.com through that Monday.
This story first appeared in the April 10, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.