OPERATIONS

Claire’s Stores names former Disney Store executive as CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Claire’s Stores Inc. has named James D. Fielding, former president of Disney Stores Worldwide, as CEO, effective June 18, 2012. Fielding, who resigned from Disney on Monday, will also join Claire’s board of directors.

“I look forward to capitalizing on the many growth initiatives available to the company, including new stores, development of the Icing concept, continued international expansion in markets such as Mexico, India and China, and optimization of e-commerce,” Fielding said in a statement.

In addition to Disney, Fielding formerly held positions at Lands’ End Inc., The J. Peterman Co., The Gap and Dayton Hudson department stores.

Claire’s, which is owned by private equity firm Apollo, announced in January that CEO Eugene Kahn had resigned. Two other executives took over his responsibilities while a search was initiated.

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J.C. Penney Father’s Day ad featuring gay couple creates buzz

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — J.C. Penney has angered a conservative group with a Father’s Day ad that features a gay couple and their two young children. The print ad shows the two men playing with their 3-year-olds and reads, "First Pals – What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver – all rolled into one. Or two.” It is part of a spread in Penney’s June catalog, mailed out this week.

The conservative group One Million Moms, an affiliate of the American Family Association, criticized the ad as "promoting sin," and called for a boycott of J.C. Penney. The same group called for a boycott following the retailer’s hiring of lesbian entertainer Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson. On its website, One Million Moms said under a headline, "Avoid JCP this Father’s Day," that J.C. Penney was "continuing down the same path of promoting sin in their advertisements."

"We must remain diligent and stand up for Biblical values and truth," One Million Moms said in the statement on its website. "Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature."

The couple featured in the ad said they received mostly positive feedback from friends and strangers around the country. One of the two men, Cooper Smith, said a friend with connections to department store operator recommended that the couple and their children be included in the ad, Reuters reported.

"It represents a large group of diverse families," Smith told Reuters. "We are just seen on one page."

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M.Morgan says:
Oct-13-2012 10:41 am

You all did not listen to the
You all did not listen to the customers so now you are losing money. I am hoping you close your doors for good. Now I hear you are doing gay ads for JC Penny. I know the founder is rolling in his grave that JCPenny has going the perverse way. I will continue to pray you close down and thow Ellen out the door . You all are discusting. Gayvideos

M.Morgan says:
Oct-13-2012 10:41 am

You all did not listen to the customers so now you are losing money. I am hoping you close your doors for good. Now I hear you are doing gay ads for JC Penny. I know the founder is rolling in his grave that JCPenny has going the perverse way. I will continue to pray you close down and thow Ellen out the door . You all are discusting. Gayvideos

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Ann Taylor’s Loft sets Canadian debut

BY Marianne Wilson

Toronto — Loft, a division of Ann Inc. — formerly known as Ann Taylor — will open its first Canadian location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, Ontario, in late 2012.

"Canada represents a natural step as we move to expand internationally, and we are excited to open our first store outside the U.S. in such a vibrant city like Toronto," said Gary Muto, brand president.

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