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Crate & Barrel to close Manhattan flagship store

Rising rents are causing another national chain to exit a high-profile location in Manhattan. Home-furnishings retailer Crate & Barrel will close its flagship on Madison Avenue (at 59th Street) on Aug. 2, after negotiating an early exit from its lease, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Lumber Liquidators compliance chief quits

Top management continues to leave Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. in the wake of accusations the retailer sold Chinese hardwood laminate products that had illegal levels of formaldehyde. Ray Cotton, chief compliance officer of Lumber Liquidators, has resigned from the company.