A lot happened this week for area businesses.

The investing company J2 Acquisitions purchased the parent company of four Duluth-based businesses, and we looked ahead to the upcoming opening of the new Essentia Wellness Center in Hermantown.

Do you have any more business news — real estate, business openings, business closings, new investments, upcoming developments, etc. — that you think the community needs to know about? I want to hear it. Drop me a line at kbusche@duluthnews.com.

Now, here’s your weekly memo.

Top change at Duluth Trading

CEO of Duluth Trading Co. Stephanie Pugliese stepped aside from her role in late August, according to a news release.

Pugliese is moving to the top spot at Under Armour after 11 years with Duluth Trading. She will serve as president of the athletic apparel company’s North American business.

Recently in her tenure, the work wear business greatly expanded its retail footprint. It opened 30 retail stores last fiscal year, and has plans to open 15 more throughout this fiscal year, according to reporting from Forbes.

Duluth Trading’s Board of Directors chose Steve Schlecht, its executive chairman, to fill the CEO role. He will stay in the role until a “deliberate search process” finds the right person to fill the role and they can smoothly transition it to the new leader.

In addition to sharing a namesake with our city, the company was started here — but never operated in Duluth until recently. It’s based in Belleville, Wis., but has a storefront in downtown Duluth at 300 E. Superior St.

Another change in leadership

There’s yet another change coming to top leadership.

Mike Schultz, managing director of Cloquet’s Sappi mill, was promoted to Sappi North America’s vice president of manufacturing effective Sept. 1, according to a news release.

He was a “natural choice” for the position, said former Sappi Vice President of Manufacturing Mike Haws, who is now stepping into Sappi North America’s President and CEO role.

Schultz joined Sappi in 1990. During his time as managing director, he oversaw numerous safety initiatives and a pulp mill conversion project.

Now, he will oversee manufacturing operations in four North America Sappi mills.

Tom Radovich, paper business manager for Sappi North America, will take over the managing director responsibilities until a permanent replacement for Schultz is found.

Chai-day the thirteenth

This Friday, Duluth Cider is re-launching its Chai Cider. Yum.

The Lincoln Park neighborhood cidery is holding an event to celebrate the return of the fall drink, with music starting at 8 p.m.

The cider is a “unique blend of rich chai spices to create this comforting semi-sweet cider,” the Facebook event read.

Move over pumpkin spice. We’re here for chai this year.