FINANCE

J.C. Penney’s Johnson paid $53 million last year

BY Staff Writer

Plano, Texas — Former Apple executive Ron Johnson, who became CEO of J.C. Penney in November, received $53.3 million in total compensation from the department store retailer last year.

Johnson received a base salary of $375,000 and $52.7 million in stock awards, according to a regulatory filing. His performance-based bonus was $236,000, which the company said was pro-rated based on his period of service during the fiscal year. He also received compensation valued at $13,000 for personal use of the company’s aircraft.

Predecessor Mike Ullman received $34.6 million in compensation.

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FINANCE

Cache swings to profit in Q4

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New York — Fashion retailer Cache reported Thursday that net income for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 was $1.9 million, compared with a loss of $14.2 million the year-ago period.

Sales surged 12.5% to $62.9 million, from $55.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. Same-store sales increased 12.4%.

Year to date the company has closed 12 underperforming stores and said it expects to close five more stores and open two in fiscal 2012.

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REAL ESTATE

Trader Joe’s to open three Houston-area stores in 2012

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Houston — A report in the Houston Chronicle said that grocer Trader Joe’s is opening two additional Houston-area locations — one in the Memorial area and one in Montrose.

In November Trader Joe’s announced its first planned Houston area store in The Woodlands Crossing Shopping Center.

All three stores are slated to open this year. The Memorial-area store will be 14,000 sq. ft., the Montrose store will be 14,500 sq. ft. and the store at The Woodlands will be 13,500 sq. ft.

Earlier in March, Trader Joe’s announced plans for its first store in San Antonio. The grocer also plans to open stores in Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano.

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