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J.C. Penney debuts new home department

BY Marianne Wilson

Plano, Texas — J.C. Penney Co. on Thursday took the wraps off its highly anticipated new home department. More than 500 stores received a complete home department revamp, with updated flooring, accent lighting, custom fixturing and a widened pathway.

The new department is made up of a collection of in-store shops for popular designers, including Michael Graves Design, MarthaHome, Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler, and Design by Conran. Each shop-has its own distinct look with a size range of about 300 to about 800 sq. ft.

Penney’s home center revamp was key to former CEO Ron Johnson’s plan to transform Penney.

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Stripes names senior VP store ops, and senior VP facilities and construction

BY Staff Writer

Corpus Christie, Texas — Susser Holdings Corporation announced that its Striples LLL brand has Sid Keswani as senior VP store operations. Keswani brings to Stripes more than 18 years of retail operations experience with Target, most recently as senior VP for the Southeast region of the United States.

Stripes announced that company veteran Richard Sebastian has taken on the role of senior VP of facilities, construction and will be responsible for the company’s maintenance, new store and capital expenditure programs.

In related news, Stripes said it recently opened two new Stripes convenience stores, bringing the total number of new stores completed to eight since the beginning of the year.

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Amazon launches marketplace site in India

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Amazon has launched an online shopping site in India, but, in line with the nation’s rules, it will only be able to service other retailers.

The e-commerce giant has gone live with an e-commerce marketplace where local retailers can list books and DVDs under Amazon’s banner and use its delivery services to get them to buyers, according to The Financial Times. Amazon will start selling mobile phones and cameras within weeks.

Amazon has one warehouse outside of Mumbai and will use a mixture of its own couriers and local delivery trucks, the report said. Customers will be able to pay cash on delivery or by credit card online.

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