December 18, 2006,
Ross Stores Promotes Panattoni
Off-price retailer Ross Stores has promoted Lisa Panattoni, executive vp, merchandising for the home businesses at Ross Dress for Less, the main chain with 733 stores, giving her expanded responsibility for all home-related categories for both Ross and the 26-store, lower-priced chain dd’s Discounts. Panattoni will report to Michael Balmuth, vice chairman, president and ceo.
BCF Drops Area for Accent Rugs
Gottschalks Retains UBS for Strategy
Regional department store operator Gottschalks has retained UBS Investment Bank to assist its special strategic committee in exploring alternatives, and the company said it will also continue to use the financial advisory services of Financo. The 66-store chain previously said it will identify and evaluate goals such as “a revised business plan, operating partnerships, joint ventures, strategic alliances, share repurchases, a recapitalization, and the sale or merger of the company.”
Retail Ventures Eyes Value City Sale
Retail Ventures Inc. (RVI) has retained Financo and CIBC World Markets to explore strategic alternatives for its 113-store Value City discount store chain, including a possible sale. HTT reported that 2005 home textiles revenues for Filene’s Basement and Value City together totaled $144.0 million (Filene’s Basement comprises 31 better-branded off-price stores). RVI ceo Heywood Wilansky emphasized, “The 'strategic alternatives’ do not include RVI’s other retail divisions DSW Inc. or Filene’s Basement.”
Sears-Kmart Boosting E-commerce
Sears Holdings Corp. has plans to create a new E-commerce Development Center at its flagship Chicago State Street store in the first half of 2007. The division, which expects to employ up to 100 IT staffers, is recruiting prospects for a number of positions, said Karen Austin, executive vp and chief information officer. “We chose downtown because of its proximity to a strong pool of e-commerce talent,” said Paul Miller, senior vp, direct commerce, Sears Holdings, which controls both Kmart and Sears.
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