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BJ's Taps Hilson for Global Sourcing

BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. has promoted Jim Hilson to vice president of global sourcing.

In his new role, Hilson will be responsible for developing and improving the company's merchandise sourcing capabilities on a worldwide basis for all merchandise categories. He will report to Karen Stout, executive vice president of merchandising.

Hilson began his career with BJ's in 1986 as general merchandise buyer.

HSN Names Ethier New COO

Mark Ethier has been promoted to chief operating officer of HSN U.S. Ethier joined HSN in June 2001 as executive vice president of operations, where he was responsible for managing HSN's operations including customer care, fulfillment, logistics, information technology and administration.

Before joining HSN, Ethier worked for the Walt Disney Company as senior vice president of global operations at The Disney Stores.

Farley Says Goodbye to Bombay

Steve Farley, executive vice president, merchandising and marketing, is leaving The Bombay Company, Inc. to pursue other opportunities.

Farley joined Bombay in May of 2002 as senior vice president, marketing, and assumed responsibility for the merchandising, planning and sourcing functions in August 2002.

Sears Faces Suit “Made In The USA”

A group of tool buyers has filed a class action lawsuit against Sears, Roebuck and Co. charging that Sears falsely claimed its Craftsman tool line is “Made in the USA.”

The suit accuses Sears of false advertising and consumer fraud in a variety of media — ads, Internet, signs and labels. The complaint charges that metal parts on Craftsman tools labeled as U.S.-made were actually made in Austria, Denmark, China, India and Mexico.

The plaintiffs are represented by the law firm of Goodkind Labaton Rudoff & Sucharow LLP, which has offices in New York and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The firm specializes in large recoveries and major class actions.

Saks to close Missouri store

Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises (SFAE), a business segment of retailer Saks Incorporated, will close its 77,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue store located at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., by the end of February.

SFAE recently announced that it will close nine other Saks Fifth Avenue stores and three Off 5th locations. It will convert one of the Saks Fifth Avenue locations (in Hilton Head, S.C.) into an Off 5th store. Subsequent to these closings, SFAE will operate 54 Saks Fifth Avenue stores with 6 million square feet of space and 52 Off 5th stores with 1.5 million square feet.

Approximately 120 associates are employed in the Saks Fifth Avenue Kansas City store. According to the company, all affected employees either will be offered transfer opportunities or will receive severance packages.

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