Kinnucan's Opens New Store in New Alpharetta, Ga. Development

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Alpharetta Avalon renderingAuburn, Ala. – Kinnucan's is opening a new store in Alpharetta, Georgia starting at the end of October. It will be located alongside 60 experiential restaurants and retailers in a brand new shopping area (Avalon) that also has a central village where people work and live. Like the other 12 Kinnucan's stores (13 total), the new shop will cater to the idea of a premier lifestyle, carrying specialty apparel, everyday casualwear and outdoor-inspired products. These include women's boutique fashion styles, men's techwear and southern goods. Kinnucan's also sells outdoor equipment such as kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, hammocks, hydration, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks and travel accessories.

Toms Shoes Founder Sells 50% to Bain Capital

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Toms website sep14Toms, the lifestyle footwear brand that grew in popularity largely due to its one-for-one business model, has sold a 50 percent stake to private equity giant Bain Capital. The deal valued Toms, an eight-year-old company, at about $625 million. Toms founder and sole owner, Blake Mycoskie, will maintain 50 percent ownership; however, Bain will bring in a new chief executive to take over.
The sale surprised many, who view Toms as a leader in corporate responsibility and Bain, not so much. Bain Capital has been scrutinized in the past for its quick buy-scale-sell mentality, which can lead to massive pay cuts, layoffs and store closures.

Skratch Labs Goes Bigger in Boulder

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Skratch Labs Matcha ProductsSkratch Labs, a Boulder, Col.-based manufacturer of beverage mixers designed for athletes and the outdoors has relocated to a new, 10,600 square foot facility. The new facility will serve as both a warehouse and office for the growing company. 

What’s UP Public Relations Continues to Grow With Social Media Hire

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aliseWhat’s UP PR recently hired Alise Bailey as a social media account executive, as part of its continued social media expansion. The public relations and event management company has an extensive list of outdoor industry clients among them: Bergans of Norway, Chaos Headwear, Deuter USA, Pakems Shoes and ZDAR Boots. 

Bailey was hired in conjunction with the introduction of a revamped site with blogging and social media as well as social networking features. Bailey is currently a senior at the University of Denver where she is studying International Studies and Leadership. In her position at What’s UP PR she works on the company’s outdoor and ski social media channels.

Petzl Opening New Technical Institute

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petzl technical institutePetzl’s new headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, will feature a technical institute that can recreate a wide variety of real-world climbing scenarios faced by different types of climbers, from rope-access technicians, to fire/rescue professionals, to recreational climbers, and more.

Artz Promotion Latest Change-Up for REI

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eric artz reiREI has promoted Eric Artz, its Chief Financial Officer, to the role of Chief Operating Officer. The promotion is the latest in several upper-level changes since Jerry Stritzke was appointed CEO in August 2013, following former CEO Sally Jewell’s appointment to Secretary of the Interior.

Hydro Flask Named to Inc.’s 500 List of U.S.’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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Hydro Flask bottles FBWith impressive growth in the last three years Hydro Flask has joined Inc. Magazine’s top 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. In doing so it joins a handful of other companies focussed on the outdoor industry on the list. However, the Bend, Ore., water bottle manufacturer is likely the outdoor industry-focussed, non-electronics manufacturer that made the magazine’s 2014 list.

Asics On Track for Sustainability

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asics sustainability 2014According to its most recent report, Asics will be meeting its 2015 sustainability goals, as part of a multi-year effort to reduce the environmental footprint of its supply chain, promote fair and safe working conditions among its suppliers, and support local communities.

VF Corp, Alliance Updates Bangladesh Worker Safety Progress

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FINAL-Alliance-Annual-ReportVF Corp. has published its first update on a worker safety program to improve labor conditions in Bangladesh. The company has faced a lot of criticism regarding its labor practices in Bangladesh, largely because it hasn’t signed onto the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a contract created following a tragic fire in Bangladesh factory. Instead, VF responded by founding the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, which isn’t legally binding.