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Gregson, Kendig Shift Roles at JCP

In a move that separates the two businesses with two managers, Sue Gregson, dvp, dmm, will be in charge of JCPenney’s window coverings business.

John Kendig who had been vp for both window coverings and furniture, now will be vp furniture only. He succeeds Steve Dinkins, who has left the retailer.

Both Gregson and Kendig report to John Tighe, svp, gmm home.

Kohl’s Plans to Open Large Customer Support Center

Kohl’s has signed a long-term lease on a new customer operations center in San Antonio, Texas, to support the company’s charge card and online customers.

The 102,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in July. Kohl’s charge business grew 38% last year after increasing 48% in 2008.

Jo-Ann Stores Enters Bridal Business

Jo-Ann Stores is angling for a slice of the bridal business by launching a new area on its web site that provides project ideas for handmade items associated with the wedding day.

A Bride for All Seasons includes suggestions for DIY wedding favors, bridesmaid gifts, centerpieces, bouquets, invitations and jewelry tailored to spring, summer, fall or winter weddings.

Kohl’s Adds Solar Panels to 10 Stores

Mid-tier department store chain Kohl’s plans by yearend to convert to solar power 10 of its 23 units in Colorado, the seventh state in which the retailer has switched to this natural energy source.

Kohl’s, which claims to be the largest retail host of solar power in North America, also operates solar store locations in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Asda to Expand in Non-Food

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans aggressive growth of the next five years for various Asda formats, including expansion of its Asda Living concept.

The company plans to ramp up to 150 Asda Living units, Asda president and ceo Andy Bond told investors at a meeting here earlier this month.

Launched in 2004, Asda Living stores are two-story structures of about 20,000 sq. ft. The range of non-food items includes apparel, home, furniture, consumer electronics and heath and beauty products.

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