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Bon-Ton will open stores Thanksgiving

BY Dan Berthiaume

York, Pa. – The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is the latest retailer to plan to have its stores open Thanksgiving night. Bon-Ton will open its stores at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28 and offer in-store doorbuster deals through 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.

Online doorbusters will begin at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Other retailers that have already announced plans to open stores at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night include Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Kohl’s.

"Black Friday is the most popular shopping day of the year," said Steve Byers, executive VP of stores and visual merchandising for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “Customers will find amazing deals and unique gifts for the entire family. We are committed to giving our customers an enjoyable holiday shopping experience.”

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NRF: Retailers Add 15,200 Jobs in September

BY Marianne Wilson

Washington, D.C. — The National Retail Federation calculated retail industry job gains at 15,200 in September, and 289,000 jobs year-over-year, a 2.4% increase over the same month last year and 2.0% higher than total private sector jobs over the past year.

“The pace of growth in retail hires has slowed, similar to what the rest of the labor market is experiencing,” said NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz “Americans need to believe we are on a solid path out of this troubled economy and so far, they haven’t been given any reason to believe that, thus impacting their spending decisions and retailers’ ability to increase their payrolls.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report showed that the economy added 148,000 jobs in September, which lowered the unemployment rate to 7.2%.

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Schimenti Construction names Kohl’s exec as VP of ops

BY Marianne Wilson

Ridgefield, Conn. — Schimenti Construction Company announced it appointed Gregg Bartel as VP of operations. Bartel joins the company from Kohl’s Department Store, where as VP of pre-construction & development, he oversaw site due diligence and development of retail and non-retail construction projects across the United States

At Schimenti, Bartel will oversee the company’s entire field operations function, which includes driving the successful execution of field operations and corporate strategic initiatives. Coordinating with other departments, he will ensure that construction projects meet the company’s objectives of schedule performance, cost, quality and safety.

“Gregg is a dynamic and proven leader with experience that includes directing complex projects, developing strategies and leading teams to accomplish key corporate initiatives,” said Matthew Schimenti, president. “We searched for quite some time to fill this essential position and are very pleased to welcome Gregg to our leadership team.”

Gregg has been working with Schimenti for the past six months and formally began his new role in October. He is based at the firm’s corporate headquarters in Ridgefield, Connecticut and reports directly to Schimenti.

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