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Kohl’s opens West Coast IT office

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Corp. said Monday that it has opened a new IT office in Silicon Valley. The 52,000-sq.-ft. office space in Milpitas, Calif., will be an extension of the IT team at the company’s Menomonee Falls, Wis., corporate office and will initially employ 30-plus Kohl’s associates with the potential to accommodate future growth, said the retailer.

Associates at the new location will support Kohl’s online sales growth and strategic focus on omni-channel initiatives, including process automation and the replatforming of Kohls.com.

“We know consumers are seeking a seamless experience and instant access to information whether shopping online, on their mobile device or in store,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s CEO. “We have made significant investments in our IT and omni-channel initiatives to ensure we have the platforms, technology and tools to allow customers to shop when they want and from where they want.”

In addition to the new West Coast IT office, Kohl’s said it continues to expand its operations to support its long-term growth across all of its corporate facilities, including the Wisconsin headquarters, New York design office and Santa Monica, Calif., design office. The company also reiterated its plans to add 12 stores and remodel 30 in 2013.

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Charming Shoppes’ real estate head joins A&G Realty

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Melville, N.Y. — A&G Realty Partners announced Monday that former executive VP of real estate for Charming Shoppes, Jonathon Graub, has joined the firm as principal.

Graub will leverage his background to advise clients on strategic growth opportunities and to assist with their real estate operations.

For Charming Shoppes, Graub led the growth charge from 1,000 to 2,300 stores. He was responsible for all facets of real estate including developing and executing growth strategies, new store expansion, site selection, relocating sites, negotiating leases, managing construction, store design, eliminating underperforming locations, lowering occupancy costs and driving large acquisitions. In this role, he led the strategic acquisitions of Modern Woman, Catherines and Lane Bryant.

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Cache names marketing chief

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Cache said Monday that it has appointed Arnold Cohen as executive VP/chief marketing officer for the women’s apparel chain.

Cohen’s background includes eight years with American Eagle Outfitters, where he was involved in creating the first mobile concept, the early iteration of Martin and Osa, and the back-on-campus initiative that rolled out to 50 colleges.

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