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Blockbuster Testing Prototype Stores

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Dallas Blockbuster Inc. is testing new features in a dozen of its Dallas stores, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News.

The following concepts are currently being tested: gaming centers, play areas for children, free Wi-Fi, in-store entertainment and coffee and soda bars.

“I’m a big believer of the physical relevance of a store,” Jim Keyes, CEO of Blockbuster, told the publication. “People like to shop, whether it’s in a Neiman Marcus or a Blockbuster. But we need to change our stores to become a destination for entertainment.”

Keyes did not reveal plans for how long the company will study the prototype stores, but said the company will “roll out ideas as they catch on.”

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Sam’s Club limits rice sales

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. According to reports, Sam’s Club is limiting its sale of Jasmine, Basmati and Long Grain White rices to four bags per member visit.

The limits are due to supply and demand trends and Sam’s Club is reportedly working to ensure that it has enough of the aforementioned rice products in stock.

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Pep Boys names Odell interim ceo

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PHILADELPHIA The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack has named Mike Odell, Pep Boys’ coo, as interim ceo, effective immediately. The move was made after Jeff Rachor resigned to become a principal in an automotive dealership venture. Pep Boys also announced that Ray Arthur was named evp – cfo, and is scheduled to begin on April 28.

Odell joined Pep Boys in September 2007 as evp and coo after spending 13 years at Sears Holdings. His last position at Sears was as evp and general manager of Sears Retail & Specialty Stores, a $26 billion business with 1,900 locations. Mike initially joined Sears finance department in 1994 where he worked until moving over to its operations team in 1998. There, he served in various positions of increasing responsibility, including vp of stores, finance, and operations of Sears Automotive Group.

The entire board is highly confident in Mikes ability to step seamlessly into the role of interim ceo, said chairman of the board Bill Leonard. Mike was instrumental in helping to develop the companys long-term strategic plan and the board is pleased with the progress the company has made in executing its initial steps. Mikes leadership in driving Pep Boys strategic initiatives and our ongoing return to operational excellence makes him the obvious choice for this position. He is a serious candidate for the permanent chief executive position and the company has no plans to conduct a search at this time. The board would also like to thank Jeff for his service to Pep Boys and for his assistance during this executive transition. 

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