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Men’s Wearhouse fires founder George Zimmer

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Fremont, Calif. — Men’s Wearhouse announced Wednesday that it has fired its founder and executive chairman George Zimmer; no reason was given for the sudden move.

Zimmer, who has long been the marketing face for the company – with his “You’re going to like the way you look; I guarantee it” slogan – apparently will have little to no ongoing dealings with the retailer. In its released statement, Men’s Wearhouse said the board expects to discuss with Zimmer the extent, if any, and terms of "his ongoing relationship" with the company.

As part of its Wednesday announcement, Men’s Wearhouse said it will postpone its previously scheduled June 19 annual meeting so that it can re-nominate the existing slate of directors without Zimmer. The new meeting date has not yet been set.

Men’s Wearhouse operates namesake stores in addition to the Moores and K&G banners.

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Starbucks counts calories

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle — Starbucks Coffee Company will start including calorie information on menu boards in all U.S.-based corporate and licensed stores on June 25. The retailer will post calorie counts to accompany each beverage listed on the menu boards, as well as on tags to accompany food in the bakery case. All calorie counts will reflect the item as made by standard recipe and will not include potential extra calories resulting from whipped cream, different types of milk or sweetener, or other customer options.

“Menu-labeling is yet another step to extend our commitment to wellness, ensuring our customers and partners (employees) have the information they need to make informed decisions and understand all the ways that they can customize their Starbucks beverages to be within their desired calorie range,” said Mary Wagner, senior VP of global R&D at Starbucks.

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Wayfair.com launches Inspiration Gallery

BY Staff Writer

Boston – Online home furnishings retailer Wayfair.com is launching Inspiration Gallery, a collection of interior design photography that is integrated with the company’s product selection to enable one-stop shopping. Currently in beta, Inspiration Gallery features photos with individual elements that automatically link to online product listings.

“We believe the Inspiration Gallery will transform the way people shop for their homes as they discover how easy it can be to achieve the home decorating looks they love, all in one place,” said Niraj Shah, CEO and co-founder of Wayfair.com.

Wayfair.com says it plans to offer thousands more design images and enhanced features in the Inspiration Gallery within the next few months.

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