Waites to create extensive home line for Stein Mart
August 21, 2003,
Jacksonville, FL — Stein Mart has announced that designer Raymond Waites will create an entire collection of bedding, lamps, ceramics, wall art, bath linens and other accessories for its home department.
"After several terrific years, our home area has struggled some during the first half of this year, and we believe this addition will be important as we head into the holiday season," said Gwen Manto, vice chairman and chief merchandising officer, during the company's second quarter conference call.
"Eliminating coupons will hurt our comps for the next couple of months," Michael Fisher, president and ceo, said. However, "re-deploying these markdown dollars into more strategic inventory management is a better and more effective strategy for a format such as ours...Despite short-term pain we believe the time is right to make this move."
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