Esposito named Chain Store Age publisher
New York City Lebhar-Friedman Inc., parent company of Chain Store Age, last month named Gary Esposito as publisher of Chain Store Age.
The move, which became effective just prior to the holidays, acknowledges the contributions Esposito has made to the Chain Store Age franchise, which includes the SPECS (Store Planning, Equipment, Construction and Facilities Services) conference and Executive SPECS event. As publisher, he is also chairman of SPECS.
Esposito joined Chain Store Age in 2007 as national sales manager. He first joined Lebhar-Friedman in 1997 on Retailing Today, where he held sales positions for 10 years and was ultimately named national sales manager.
“Gary has spent his entire career in retail and retail publishing,” said John Kenlon, VP and group publisher for Lebhar-Friedman’s Retail Division. “He understands that for a product to have real value, it has to deliver for retailer and supplier alike. And that’s why Gary is the right person to lead CSA and SPECS as both are products that help retailers and suppliers improve their bottom lines.”
Esposito succeeds Murray Forseter, who retired in June 2009. An avid football fan and accomplished home chef, Esposito lives in New Jersey with his wife Lori and four-month old son Vince. He is a proud graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, N.Y.
MacDowell named president of Charming Outlets
BENSALEM, Pa. Charming Shoppes has announced that MaryEllen MacDowell has been appointed president of Charming Outlets, effective immediately. She succeeds Jeffrey Elliott, who has left the company to pursue another career opportunity.
MacDowell will have leadership responsibility for the company’s Lane Bryant Outlet and Petite Sophisticate Outlet retail chains, and will report to Joseph Baron, EVP and COO of Charming Shoppes.
MacDowell has served as SVP and general merchandise manager of apparel and accessories at the company’s Lane Bryant brand since 2007. From 2002 to 2007, she was the VP and divisional merchandise manager for plus sportswear, dresses, and swimwear for the company’s Fashion Bug brand.
Best Buy to sell ‘refreshed’ iPhone 3Gs
MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy announced that it is the first retailer to offer refreshed Apple iPhone 3Gs at store locations nationwide.
The Refreshed iPhone 3G is available at 350 Best Buy Mobile stores at $149 for the 8GB model and $249 for the 16G model, both require a two-year service contract. New iPhone 3Gs currently retail for $199 (8G) and $299 (16G) at Best Buy Mobile.
“The refreshed iPhone is a great example of the depth of our offering, and clear evidence of why Best Buy is the best place to purchase a mobile phone,” said Scott Moore, VP of marketing for Best Buy Mobile. “Where else can you get everything you need to make sure your phone can be utilized to its fullest.”
Best Buy said the refreshed iPhones will expand to all U.S. Best Buy stores that offer AT&T by the end of January.