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CSA Names Wilson Editor, Esposito Associate Publisher

BY CSA STAFF

Marianne Wilson and Gary Esposito have assumed additional leadership responsibilities for the editorial and sales/marketing departments, respectively, of

A staff editor with increasing responsibilities since joining Chain Store Age in 1989, Wilson has been promoted to editor from executive editor. Wilson will be responsible for managing the editorial direction of Chain Store Age magazine, its Web site, www.chainstoreage.com , and its e-newsletters. In addition, she is the driving force behind the annual Retail Store of the Year design competition.

Esposito joined Chain Store Age a year ago as national sales manager after serving in the same capacity for sister publication Retailing Today. Esposito held sales management positions with Retailing Today for 10 years. As associate publisher he will supervise the sales and marketing efforts of Chain Store Age’s print and Internet efforts as well as its extensive conference and events program.

Wilson and Esposito will continue to report to Murray Forseter, publisher. With Wilson’s promotion to editor, Forseter will become group editorial director of Chain Store Age. 

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Borders to offer free resolution workshops

BY CSA STAFF

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Borders said Thursday that it is offering customers free in store events throughout the month of January to help them kick start their new year’s resolutions and learn how to keep them through the year. Programs include wellness fairs, yoga classes and diet seminars.

Borders reported that local organizations and community groups will be featured in activities and events at its stores across the country ranging from fitness centers and hospitals to singles groups and retirement centers.

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Schulze sells 440K shares of company stock

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MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy chairman and founder Richard Schulze sold 440,000 shares of Best Buy stock last week valued at $22.4 million. Schulze sold the stock at prices ranging from $50.71 to $51.18 per share. Earlier this month, Schulze sold 2.35 million shares valued at more than $120 million.

While Schulze’s stock sales are considerable, they represent just a fraction of his holdings at Best Buy. He’s estimated to still hold more than 68 million shares of stock amassed during 41 years with the company.

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