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Dick’s Sporting Goods powers ESPN online fan site

BY Dan Berthiaume

Pittsburgh – Dick’s Sporting Goods and ESPN have entered a multi-year agreement in which Dick’s will serve as the exclusive e-commerce provider of licensed merchandise and sporting goods on ESPN.com and related digital properties.

As a result of the new agreement, fans will now be able to shop an expanded range of licensed fanwear available at the rebranded ESPN Fan Shop powered by Dick’s Sporting Goods. Contextually integrated shopping opportunities will be featured across ESPN platforms in the near future, including ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio and mobile properties like ScoreCenter, GameCast and WatchESPN.

Dick’s and ESPN are building on an existing marketing partnership that includes sponsorship of ESPN sports coverage and original programming content.

"This groundbreaking collaboration with ESPN blends sports content and commerce, solidifying Dick’s as the premier destination for licensed product," said Lauren Hobart, senior VP & chief marketing officer, Dick’s Sporting Goods. "Dick’s is excited about this dynamic multichannel approach, which includes traditional and non-traditional marketing and e-commerce, to better serve the needs of athletes and fans everywhere."

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Report: Shooter terrorizes Garden State Plaza, Paramus, N.J.; kills self

BY Marianne Wilson

Paramus, N.J. – A lone gunman who entered the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., with an assault rifle the evening of Nov. 4 and went on an hours-long shooting rampage has reportedly been found dead of what appears to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the body of 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck, N.J., was found by authorities at 3:20 a.m. on Nov. 5 in an area of the mall usually not accessible to customers.

Shoop, who authorities described as an unemployed known drug abuser who may have had a criminal record, reportedly entered the mall, which includes more than 300 stores, with a .22 assault rifle and spent several hours roaming around, firing at least six bullets. He did not kill or injure any shoppers or police and several customers said he did not shoot them although he had opportunity, leading police to believe his intention was to cause his own death without hurting anyone else.

Shoop borrowed the gun without permission from his brother, who legally owned it. Police evacuated customers and employees from the mall throughout the night in small groups as they searched the entire complex for him.

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Dollar General names Vasos as COO; former Duane Reade exec joins team

BY Staff Writer

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General on Monday named Todd Vasos as COO with responsibility for store operations, merchandising and supply chain. The company also said David D’Arezzo has joined the chain as executive VP and chief merchandising officer.

Vasos most recently was Dollar General’s VP and chief merchandising officer. Since joining the chain in 2008, he has implemented numerous merchandising initiatives key to Dollar General’s growth, the company stated. He served previously as executive VP and COO at Longs Drugs (the California-based drug store was chain acquired by CVS in 2008).

D’Arezzo brings more than 30 years of retail and consumer product company experience across merchandising and operations. Most recently, D’Arezzo served as executive VP and COO of Grocers Supply and previously served as senior VP and chief merchandising officer for Duane Reade

“The alignment of our organization across store operations, merchandising and supply chain with the promotion of Todd to COO and the addition of David will create an even stronger management team and position us well for future growth,” stated Rick Dreiling, Dollar General chairman and CEO. “Dollar General has strong management depth across the organization, which clearly understands our industry, our operations and our people. Now is the perfect time to strengthen that expertise with the addition of David to the team. Having personally experienced the impact he made at Duane Reade, I believe his vision, ability to drive results and deep experience across several industries will provide a unique perspective to Dollar General.”

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