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Melissa Campanelli is Editor-in-Chief of Total Retail. She is an industry veteran, having covered all aspects of retail, tech, digital, e-commerce, and marketing over the past 20 years. Melissa is also the co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle.

Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

Long Island City, N.Y.-based CALYPSO St. Barth Inc., a division of Solera Capital LLC, plans to double its current store base of 27 units, with six new stores slated to open in 2011, according to www.wwd.com. A 2,400-sq.-ft. unit at 900 Madison Ave., between 72nd and 73rd streets, is scheduled to open in July 2011. A Calypso Home store launched April 28 in Dallas at the Plaza at Preston Center, and another unit will open at the Scottsdale Quarter in Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 12. “When we bought Calypso, the footprint was heavy in the Northeast,” said Molly Ashby,

Online grocer FreshDirect Inc. hopes to raise as much as $200 million to enter the Washington and Baltimore markets, according to a Bloomberg News report, which said that the Long Island City, N.Y.-based company is working Deutsche Bank AG to procure funds. The bank has declined comment, and FreshDirect has denied a partnership with Deutsche Bank. The grocer now operates in the five boroughs of New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. CEO Richard Braddock told Bloomberg News in July that FreshDirect might pursue an initial public offering to help fund its growth. “FreshDirect has been experiencing

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