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Anna's taps Jackson to direct real estate, expansion

Costa Mesa, Calif. - Discount home furnishings chain Anna's Linens has appointed Steven Jackson as the company's vp, real estate and construction.

He assumes his new post September 20, and will report to Scott Gladstone, coo.

Jackson comes to 260-plus unit Anna's Linens following his tenure as svp of real estate at sporting goods superstore chain The Sports Authority, where he is credited with strategically accelerating the retailer's growth nationally and spearheading its store openings. Prior to that, he spent several years with PetSmart, where he led all real estate initiatives, including market research, property management, lease administration and construction. At PetSmart he also orchestrated two large sale leaseback transactions, raising $110 million, and ramped up annual new store openings from 26 to 110 throughout Canada and the U.S.

In his new stint, Jackson is charged with leading Anna's Linens' store expansion as well as overseeing all other real estate-related matters.

"After a long and careful search, we're confident that Steven is the right person to lead this undertaking on behalf of Anna's Linens at a time when we are experiencing tremendous growth," said Alan Gladstone, ceo and founder of Anna's Linens.

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