Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2006

Skateboard shop opens second store

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Sequence, a homegrown skateboarding shop, has opened a downtown store in the Miner's Mercantile Mall on Front Street.

Juneau's skateboarding culture grows each year and the owners, Patrick Van Pool and Nels Sanford, wanted to open a second store downtown for customers who rarely come to the Mendenhall Valley, Sanford said. The first Sequence shop is in the Mendenhall Valley Mall.

Opening a skate shop was a dream of Van Pool's since high school, and it materialized three years ago. The shop sells skateboard hardware, but is mostly stocked with shirts, pants, hats, protective gear and other apparel. Sanford said the shops will carry snowboards later this year.

The downtown store opened last month and the owners are having a grand opening on Aug. 1. Also, the shop is hosting a skate competition on July 29 at the Pipeline skateboarding park in the valley.

Fred Meyer picks two top vice presidents

Fred Meyer Stores selected two vice presidents to fill top positions in the company - Lynn Gust and Molly Malone.

Gust will be executive vice president of corporate merchandising and advertising, and Malone will serve as senior vice president and director of the general group, taking responsibility for all divisions of Fred Meyer excluding food, health and beauty and pharmacy.

Gust has been with Fred Meyer Stores for 36 years, beginning his career as a parcel clerk and advancing through the company's management training program, according to a statement released by the company.

Gust has served as senior vice president of the food group, which covers all of the company's food merchandising, as well as senior vice president of operations, which oversees the operation of Fred Meyer's 128 stores.

Malone has been with Fred Meyer for nearly five years, most recently as group vice president of the apparel division. She also served as vice president for housewares, toys and seasonal for the company. Malone spent 14 years with Meier & Frank and 10 years with Troutman's Emporium. She brings almost 30 years of experience in apparel and home merchandising and management, the company stated.

Fred Meyer Stores is based in Portland, Ore.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. If you know of any business-related news, please contact him at

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