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Former Lord & Taylor CEO takes helm of Children’s Place

BY CSA STAFF

Secaucus, N.J. Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc. said Friday morning it has named former Lord & Taylor CEO Jane Elfers as president and CEO of the 953-store children’s clothing retail chain.

On Jan. 4, Elfers, 48, will officially replace Chuck Crovitz, who has served as interim CEO since September 2007 and as a director since 2004. Crovitz will remain on the board.

Elfers has also been named to the board of directors.

Last September, Elfers departed Lord & Taylor, where she had served as the department store retailer’s president and chief executive for nine years.

Of her appointment as chief of Children’s Place, chairman of the board Norman Matthews said, “Jane is a highly talented merchant and a visionary leader. Her deep knowledge of merchandising and marketing, coupled with hands-on operational experience, makes her the ideal leader to take The Children’s Place to the next level as the company seeks to further expand its market share and enhance shareholder value.”

Elfers began her retail career at Macy’s Inc.

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Duckwall-ALCO loss narrows

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ABILENE, Kan. Duckwall-ALCO Stores reported that net sales from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 decreased 2.9% to $111.5 million and same-store sales decreased 1.7%.

Net loss for the third quarter was $1.4 million, or (38 cents) per basic share, compared with a net loss of $1.7 million, or (44 cents) per basic share, for the third quarter of the fiscal 2009.

Larry Zigerelli, president and CEO, commented, “Positive year-to-date same-store sales results and customer counts, combined with a significant increase in gross margin dollars and a major reduction in SG&A expenses, are encouraging. We have made substantial progress in upgrading our merchandising, marketing and store operations programs, and are changing our culture in the continued face of a very tough economy. The holiday season is off to a good start, and we remain cautiously optimistic. Our turnaround is not complete by any means, but we continue to track with plans for store transformation and improving performance.”

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Lowe’s launches Energy Centers

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Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s has announced the launch of Energy Centers in 21 of its California stores.

The Energy Centers are designed to be one-stop destinations to help customers create an energy plan that fits their budgets.

 

The center includes a touch-screen kiosk to help customers evaluate energy needs, while the center itself features products to meet those needs based on three criteria: Measure, reduce and generate — measure their energy use and loss, reduce energy consumption and generate their own energy, if possible.

 

“Homeowners are paying more attention than ever to their utility bills, and the first step to saving energy is tracking where it’s going,” said Nick Canter, Lowe’s executive vice president of merchandising. “By providing monitoring tools to help customers know their numbers, Lowe’s is helping them find the money-saving solution that’s right for them.”

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