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Strouds streamlines buying lineup

Strouds continued to streamline its organization by eliminating three merchandising and 11 administrative positions last week. In addition, Norm Goldman, head of the outlet division, has decided to return to medical disability leave, and Anne Fahey will take on his responsibilities, in addition to her own. "We look forward to Norm's return," said Rob Valone, president. The buying team now consists of Kathleen Haselbush, fashion bedding; Tracie Hudson, independent bedding (non-coordinate bedding, blankets, and quilts) and solid sheets; Tony Taylor, bath; Jay Dawson, utility bedding and table linens; and Jennifer Nygren, hard and soft decorative accessories such as throws, decorative pillows and wall art. "We've combined our full-line and outlet buying staffs," said Valone. "This will allow the merchants to focus on one category of business — from opening and opportunistic buys up to better goods."

Bloomie's heads to SoHo

Federated Department Stores announced that it is headed to downtown New York. Its second Bloomingdale's location in Manhattan will begin construction in the spring, with a planned fall opening. The 124,000-square-foot location on Broadway will undergo extensive renovation, the company said.

Delia's president extends leave

Delia's has announced that its president, Andrea Weiss, has taken an extended leave of absence from the company, following surgery. Weiss will retain her seat on the board, and will continue to advise the company on both operating and strategic levels.

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