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Luxury Retailer Baron & Leeds Under New Ownership

TOURNEAU’S NEW SIBLING: Bucherer USA, which acquired Tourneau in January, has completed its acquisition of Baron & Leeds, a luxury retailer of fine watches and jewelry. Baron & Leeds, founded in 2002, operates two Rolex boutiques at South Coast Plaza and the International Market Place in Honolulu. It also operates two Baron & Leeds stores in Maui at Whalers Village in Lahaina and at The Shops at Wailea. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Guido Zumbühl, chief executive officer of the Bucherer Group, said, “We take great pride in partnering with companies who complement and align with our quest for perfection, warm hospitality and constantly aspire to delight customers with fascinating brands and products.” He said Baron & Leeds met all of “these criteria.” The ceo of Tourneau, Ira Melnitsky, said the acquisition of Baron & Leeds “represents an important step forward in the continued growth of Tourneau. We are proud to be able to expand our customer relationships in both California and Hawaii.” Tourneau, established in 1900, is the largest luxury watch retailer in the U.S. and has 24 locations across 10 states. Bucherer, a Swiss-family owned business in operation since 1888, has 35 stores in Europe. In addition to its Carl

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Liberty, Agenda to Move to Downtown Las Vegas in February

LAS VEGAS — Liberty Fairs and Agenda are shaking up the status quo in Las Vegas. In February, the two shows will leave their longtime home at the Sands Convention Center and relocate downtown to an undisclosed location “adjacent to the up-and-coming Arts District.” Although the show operators said they have secured a site, they are “not ready to announce the location yet. But it will not be a traditional convention hall,” said Sharifa Murdock, co-owner of Liberty. “Our brands are really looking forward to the freedom and flexibility” of a new location, she added, saying that the new space will allow for “standout events, unique activations, and an overall elevated experience.” Murdock said the change was necessitated by a shift in the next show dates by Project, which will hold its fall edition Feb. 5-7, 2019. As a result, the Sands could not accommodate both Liberty and Agenda within its convention space and they were forced to move. “We wanted to stay with Agenda,” she said, “so we decided to move both shows,” Murdock said. She said it is possible that the shows could return to the Sands in August, although that has not been determined. “It’s definitely an option,” she said. But for February,

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