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Acting CEO takes helm at Sunflower Farmers Market

BY CSA STAFF

Boulder, Col. — Sunflower Farmers Market appointed Chris S. Sherrell as its CEO, the natural grocery chain announced Friday. He has worked with Sunflower since its inception in 2002 and most recently served as the company’s president and COO.

Sherrell has served as the acting CEO since the middle of February, shortly after Michael Gilliland, the company’s founder and then-CEO, was arrested in Phoenix following a prostitution sting operated by undercover Phoenix Police Department officers.

Gilliland subsequently was indicted on accusations he knowingly offered to pay for sex with "Marissa" — the alias of an undercover female Phoenix police officer — whom he believed to be 17 years old, according to court documents.

A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 9 for Gilliland, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Sunflower has 33 stores in six states- Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas and Utah. It plans to enter California later this month and Oklahoma this fall.

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M.Hartigan says:
Feb-12-2013 05:25 am

It feels great to have a case
It feels great to have a case solved under you. Hope I can handle a case soon as I become a police officer officially this month. I’ve been following different cases and learn from it as well for me to get ready for my position.

M.Hartigan says:
Feb-12-2013 05:25 am

It feels great to have a case solved under you. Hope I can handle a case soon as I become a police officer officially this month. I’ve been following different cases and learn from it as well for me to get ready for my position.

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Chico’s to open new data center

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Fort Myers, Fla. — Chico’s FAS is building a new Performance Optimized Data (POD) center at its distribution and fulfillment facility in Winder, Ga.

POD technology, often referred to as, "data center in a box," employs modular pre-fabricated reinforced steel containers, approximately the size of a train freight car, to house and efficiently cool vital information technology hardware.

The new configuration will nearly double the Chico’s FAS current computing capacity, requiring half the space in a structure that is more secure, can be easily expanded and lessens the risk of weather-related service disruptions.

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What’s in a brand?

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BrandZ has released its list of the most valuable retail brands, and Target came in at number 5 out of 20 companies listed. According to the report, Target earned its spot by expanding its food selection and repositioning itself as a low-price leader and thereby countering the perception of it being a trendier, albeit pricier store than its competitors.

Out of the 100 global brands (including both retail and non-retail companies), Target came in at number 65.

The BrandZ list, developed by Millward Brown Optimor, is determined by a three-part valuation process: branded earnings (how much of a company’s earnings were generated under the brand banner), brand contribution (how much of the brand’s earnings were generated because of customer perception) and brand multiple (what is the growth potential of brand-driven earnings).

Target earned its ranking with a brand value of $12,471 million, brand contribution of 3 (out of 5) brand momentum of 3 (out of 5) and brand value change of 3%.

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