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Home Depot attempts to rectify racist tweet

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – The Home Depot is taking steps to make amends for a racist tweet it sent from its official account on Nov. 7. The tweet, a promotion aligned with ESPN college football coverage, showed a photo of two African-Americans playing the drums along with a person wearing a gorilla mask and the caption: “Which drummer is not like the others?”

Home Depot quickly pulled the tweet, but not before it was widely circulated on the Web and covered by several major news agencies. The retailer took to Twitter the evening of Nov. 7 to apologize.

“We have zero tolerance for anything so stupid and offensive,” says a tweet posted to the official Home Depot Twitter account at approximately 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 7. “Deeply sorry. We terminated agency and individual who posted it.”

Home Depot has also publicly stated it is reviewing its social media policies to determine how this tweet was authorized and to make sure no similar messages are ever released again.


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Report: G-III loses interest in Jones Group

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – G-III Apparel Group is reportedly no longer considering a purchase of Jones Group. According to Women’s Wear Daily, G-III, which in October 2013 was said to be close to reaching a deal to buy Jones Group, decided purchasing the apparel retail conglomerate would require taking on too much debt.

There is no word yet on whether this development will have any impact on reported plans by private equity firm Sycamore to purchase Jones Group’s shoe business. None of the companies involved has made any public comment on the situation.

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Best Buy opens many stores 6 p.m. Thanksgiving

BY Dan Berthiaume

Richfield, Minn. – Best Buy is the latest major retail chain to prepare for an early start to Black Friday. More than 1,000 Best Buy stores in 47 states will open their doors at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night and stay open till 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.

Because of laws in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, stores in those states will not open until Black Friday. A small number of additional locations across the country may have varied hours because of county or municipal laws. Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores located in shopping malls may have their hours adjusted based on the operating hours of the mall. Best Buy Mobile stores not located in malls will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Other retailers planning to open stores at some point on Thanksgiving include Kmart, Sears, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Toys “R” Us, J.C. Penney, and Belk.


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