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Kenneth Cole names CEO

BY Staff Writer

New York City — Kenneth Cole Productions announced that effective June 20, 2011, Paul Blum will be appointed to the position of CEO. Kenneth Cole will continue as chairman and chief creative officer, maintaining his creative role over design and advertising.

Hired in March as vice chairman, Blum brings over 25 years of experience in footwear, accessories, apparel, wholesaling and retailing to the position. He most recently held the position of CEO at luxury jewelry company David Yurman.

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Lids acquires Buckeye Corner

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Indianapolis — Lids Sports Group announced the acquisition of Buckeye Corner stores, which operates four stores in the Columbus, Ohio, area. The acquisition also includes Buckeye’s e-commerce website and a catalog business.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Buckeye Corner, the official retail partner of The Ohio State University Alumni Association since 2004, now operates within the Lids Clubhouse division of Lids Sports Group. The Clubhouse operates more than 20 team-specific professional sports and university athletics retail stores and e-commerce websites.

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NCR adds Blockbuster kiosks to Food Lion stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York City — NCR is adding 800 Blockbuster Express kiosks to Food Lion grocery stores despite litigation over the Blockbuster Express trademark with Blockbuster and Dish Network Corp., which bought Blockbuster out of bankruptcy in late April.

The kiosks will be added to Food Lions across the mid-Atlantic and southeastern U.S. regions.

The legal dispute surrounds Dish’s attempts to strip NCR of the right to use the name. In late May, NCR sued Blockbuster, saying the March 2009 licensing agreement, which gave it permission to use the trademark until 2016, was entered between NCR and a Blockbuster-controlled trust, a Delaware entity that isn’t in bankruptcy. The agreement, NCR said, isn’t with Blockbuster itself or its new owners.

In addition to Food Lion, the kiosks will be placed in other Delhaize Group’s Delhaize America supermarkets, including Bottom Dollar Food and Harveys.

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