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With 90 stores on tap for 2011, Big Lots appoints executive VPs

New York City -- Big Lots, which plans to open 90 stores this year, has made two key merchandising moves to facilitate its planned growth.

The retailer has hired former Sears merchandising executive Doug Wurl to serve as its executive VP merchandising. He assumes responsibilities previously held by John Martin, who was named executive VP administration. In his new role, Martin will have responsibility for store operations and human resources.

Big Lots ended last year with 1,398 stores nationwide and plans to open 90 units this year while closing 45 others.

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