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Children’s Place Names New CEO, Completes Investigation

BY CSA STAFF

Secaucus, N.J., The Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc. said Wednesday it asked Chief Executive Ezra Daba to resign after an internal probe found he had violated internal policies for securities trades. Dabah will remain a member of the board of directors.

The children’s-apparel retailer said an investigation found Dabah did not comply with the company’s securities-trading policies, and also found irregularities in expense-reimbursement practices from its chief creative officer.

The company’s board of directors named Chuck Crovitz, a current board member, as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found. From 1993 to 2003, Crovitz worked at Gap Inc., most recently serving for five years as its executive VP and chief supply chain officer.

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Movie Gallery to close underperforming stores

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DOTHAN, Ala. Movie Gallery Inc. today announced that it plans to close approximately 520 underperforming and unprofitable Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video stores. According to the company, the closings are part of its plan to conserve cash and reduce the company’s cost structure to address the financial and industry challenges it has been experiencing.

Joe Malugen, chairman, president and ceo of Movie Gallery, said, “Closing these stores was a difficult, but necessary decision to help protect the future of this company. These stores are being closed after evaluating a number of factors, including store profits and the terms of the leases at each location. This action will allow us to focus our resources on the approximate 4,000 stores that have a stronger operating performance and prospects for future growth.”

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Martha Stewart to design line for 1-800-FlOWERS

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CARLE PLACE, N.Y. Martha Stewart is creating an exclusive, co-branded line for 1-800-FLOWERS. The new floral, plant and gift basket program will launch this spring and will be available exclusively at 1-800-FLOWERS.com.

 Martha Stewart stated: “I have been cultivating flowers and creating beautiful arrangements all my life. Fresh flowers and gift baskets enhance the beauty of any home and make every occasion special. I am delighted that we will collaborate with 1-800-FLOWERS.com next year to provide consumers with memorable floral gifts, plants and gift baskets that will be greatly appreciated by every recipient.”

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