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Giant-Landover acquires two stores in Baltimore area

BY CSA STAFF

LANDOVER, Md. — Supermarket chain Giant Food has acquired two supermarkets in the Baltimore area from another company.

Giant, also known as Giant-Landover to distinguish itself from Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa. — both are owned by Netherlands-based Royal Ahold — said it would buy two Fresh & Green’s stores from Mrs. Green’s Management. The stores are in Baltimore and Parkville, Md.

Both stores will subsequently be closed for remodeling, and the Baltimore store will replace a Giant store at a nearby shopping center.

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Former exec returns to Urban Outfitters as CEO

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PHILADELPHIA — Urban Outfitters Inc. has appointed a former executive as CEO of its namesake brand. The company named Tedford Marlow as head of the Urban Outfitters Group, effective Feb. 6. Marlow had retired from the chain in 2010, after spending nine years as president of the Urban Outfitters brand.

The announcement came almost a month after Richard Hayne, the company’s chairman and president, succeeded CEO Glen Senk, who resigned. Hayne co-founded the company in 1970.

"We are excited to have Ted rejoin our URBN team," said Hayne. "Ted is an exceptional leader with great vision and has an intimate knowledge of and appreciation for the brand."

Prior to retiring in 2010, Marlow spent nine years as president of the Urban Outfitters brand. Under his leadership, the Urban Outfitters brand grew revenues to over $1billion, opened more than 100 stores in the U.S., successfully expanded the brand into Canada and Continental Europe, and oversaw the rapid growth of the brand’s direct-to-consumer businesses.

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Conservative pressure fails to break up JCP and Ellen

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NEW YORK— Social conservatives and gay rights activists came to blows last week over JCPenney’s choice of Ellen DeGeneres as a company spokeswoman.

Though DeGeneres, who is a lesbian, enjoys widespread popularity as the host of her own daytime talk show, some thought her representing a "family-friendly" brand like JCPenney was going too far. The group One Million Moms, an extension of the conservative American Family Association group, asked the retailer to dump DeGeneres as a spokeswoman and derided the company fornot being "neutral in the culture war."

"Funny that JCPenney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families. More sales will be lost than gained unless they replace their spokesperson quickly," the group posted on their website. It also urged supporters to call their local JCPenney store manager to lodge complaints against hiring DeGeneres.

JCPenney did not yield to pressure from the group, and in an e-mailed statement reported by Reuters, said, "JCPenney stands behind its partnership with Ellen DeGeneres" and added that its announcement of the agreement sums up the retailer’s feelings of the TV personality.

JCPenney announced its partnership with DeGeneres on Jan. 25 as part of its new strategy, which was unveiled during a special media day in New York. Regarding DeGeneres, Michael Francis described her as "one of the most fun and vibrant people in entertainment today, with great warmth and a down-to-earth attitude."

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