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Elephant Pharm/Flooring America

BY CSA STAFF

The design for Elephant Pharm, which combines traditional and herbal pharmacy offerings, works to establish the brand as the premier authority on wellness, and living a fit and sustainable lifestyle. The overall environment has a feeling of lightness and well being. The architecture of the 13,000-sq.-ft. store seamlessly integrates the traditional pharmacy department and the herbal area. Both have focal points to direct customers, and the adjacency of the two creates a dialogue between the available remedies. In keeping with the wellness and sustainability themes, the majority of the space is composed of materials with a recycled content of at least 20%, and the airy sales area uses low- to no-VOC finishes.

Flooring America’s new prototype turns one of the more complicated retail experiences—selecting a floorcovering—into an intuitive, easy-to-navigate customer journey. Focusing on the female consumer, the design creates an inviting, comfortable space that addresses the way she wants to shop for products for her home. Warm lighting, dropped ceilings and nesting tables enhance the intimate, home-like setting. Flooring insets throughout the 3,491-sq.-ft. store highlight the various types of flooring options and emphasize the brand’s installation expertise.

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Stage Stores says Peebles evp to retire

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HOUSTON Stage Stores today announced that Dennis Abramczyk, evp and coo of its Peebles Division, will be retiring after approximately nine years with the company. He will continue to serve in his position until a replacement is found.

Jim Scarborough, chairman and ceo, commented, We want to thank Dennis for his contributions and service to our company, and we wish him well as he begins this new phase of his life. We will immediately begin a search for his successor, and we are pleased that Dennis will be staying on until the conclusion of our search process, as this will ensure a smooth and orderly transition.

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Home Depot to cut 500 HQ jobs

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ATLANTA Home Depot is cutting 500 jobs at its headquarters. According to reports the cuts make up 10% of the 5,000 employees who work at the headquarters.

The cuts are partly due to the struggling U.S. economy, which has hurt market conditions, reports said. Employees were notified of the eliminations today, they will be paid through April 4.

Home Depot reported fiscal 2007 third quarter consolidated net earnings of $1.1 billion, or 60 cents per diluted share, compared with $1.5 billion, or 73 cents per diluted share, in the same period in fiscal 2006.

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