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Finish Line Names CEO

BY CSA STAFF

Indianapolis The Finish Line Inc. has appointed Glenn S. Lyon as the company’s next CEO following the planned retirement of Alan H. Cohen, effective Dec. 1.

Lyon, who currently serves as president, will also join the company’s board. Cohen will remain chairman.

Lyon joined The Finish Line in 2001 as executive VP and chief merchandising officer. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the now-defunct Paul Harris Stores Inc.

Steven Schneider, who has served as COO since 2003, will assume the role of president. Schneider joined Finish Line in 1989 as the company’s CFO.

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KB slashes toy prices in time for holidays

BY CSA STAFF

PITTSFIELD, Mass. KB Toys reported that will reduce more than 200 popular toys to $10 or less as part of an initiative to help customers save money during the holiday gift buying season.

KB Toys recently expanded its Super Value Program to include video games priced as low as $9.98 and DVD family movies and entertainment starting at 2 for $9.98.

To help consumer dollars go even further, this week KB Toys also added twenty-five items to the Extreme Value! Lineup. The Extreme Value! selection offers even lower prices on select, guest favorite, Super Values from famous names like Fisher-Price, Mattel, Hasbro, Disney and more.

“Our guests have come to know they can always find exceptional bargains with our Super Value Program,” said Andy Bailen, ceo of KB Toys. “Clearly, more consumers are looking for affordably priced gifts and that is why we also just took over two hundred great toys and lowered their prices to $10 or less.”

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Rite Aid Sept. comps up 1.7%

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CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid announced that for the four weeks ended Sept. 27, same-store sales increased 1.7% over the prior-year period.

For the September period, same-stores sales excluding the acquired Brooks Eckerd stores increased 3.2% over the prior-year period.

 

Once again our core stores delivered solid gains, and our acquired stores posted a significant increase in the front end and good improvement in the pharmacy. The turnaround of the former Brooks Eckerd stores continues, said Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman and ceo.

Total drug store sales for the four-week period decreased 0.8% to $1.971 billion compared to $1.986 billion for the same period last year.

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