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Federated to close Lazarus-Macy's store

Federated Department Stores will close its Lazarus-Macy's store in downtown Columbus, OH, next August and not pursue a new location in that area. The store downsized its selling space in 1998 from 933,000 square feet to 371,500 square feet. Lazarus-Macy's currently operates seven full-line department stores and two furniture galleries in Franklin and Delaware counties, five of which are within Columbus city limits.

Jane Seymour site links to Saks home line

All of Jane Seymour's creative endeavors can now be found on the newly launched Web site, www.JaneSeymour.com, which also provides a link to the actress and designer's new home line site, www.JaneSeymourHome.com. Visitors to the sites, hosted by Saks Inc., the retailer responsible for the development of the Jane Seymour brand of home furnishings and children's apparel, available exclusively at its Saks Department Stores Group stores, can find out all about the celebrity. The Web site for the home collection, St. Catherine's Court, showcases the products for each lifestyle group, which is available for purchase through a toll free number and at SDSG stores.

Ott named svp at May Dept. Stores

Gregory Ott has been appointed svp of strategy and new business development at May Department Stores, effective Oct. 27. Reporting to Gene Kahn, chairman and ceo, Ott replaces William Edkins, who continues as a consultant to the company. Most recently, Ott was president of See Change Services, a division of APL Logistics.

Glasser to head Value City division

Stuart Glasser has been appointed president and ceo of its Value City Department Stores division, a new position as the result of the company's recent reorganization. Glasser joined the company in September 2002 as head of the division's softlines merchandising operations. The company recently changed its name to Retail Ventures Inc., a holding company with Value City Department Stores, Filene's Basement and DSW as its subsidiaries.

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