• Andrea Lillo

Dick Fish says so long to Wal-Mart

Dick Fish, Wal-Mart's vp, gmm, domestics, has retired from the company, a spokesperson said last week.

Wal-Mart said that a search is underway to replace him. Fish reported to Lois Mikita, gmm.

When Fish first joined the retailing giant in 1997, it was after many years of experience in retailing — but zero in the domestics area, as his background was strictly apparel. But his transition was smooth, Fish told HTT in the past, as was the move to the largest retailer in the U.S.

"The only thing that's different is the number of zeros at the end," he said previously.

His career at Wal-Mart was such, in fact, that the industry honored him with the Outstanding Retailer of the Year award in 2002. The award is sponsored by the Home Fashions Products Association and the New York Home Textiles Show.

Before joining Wal-Mart, Fish spent his entire career in apparel, with 25 years at Montgomery Ward before going to Corral West Ranchwear, a western apparel specialty chain, in 1994.

Of his career at Wal-Mart, Fish said, "I loved it. I had six great years there and it was a good end to my 34-year retail career. If you're going to work in this business, you might as well work for the best. They treated me well, and management was always supportive of what I did."

However, because of such factors as not spending enough time with his family, Fish "decided to do something different, but I don't know what different is yet…I'm fielding a lot of phone calls from a lot of people."

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