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Minyard Installs New Aisle-Marker System

BY CSA STAFF

Minyard Food Stores, which operates supermarkets under the Minyard, Carnival and Sack ’n Save banners, is replacing the aisle markers in its stores with billboards that utilize the airspace above the aisles. The signs, AirShow Aisle Markers from Combustion Media Inc., Dallas, are designed to attract attention the moment a shopper enters the store by acting as an easy navigational tool and cost-effective platform for brands and services.

The marker is a 2-ft.-by-4-ft. backlit electrical fixture with a 15-in. drop lens that is hung approximately 9 ft. off the floor at each end of the store aisles. It is two-sided and lists the aisle categories on each face panel with a national consumer-products-goods item pictured in the center. The ends of the markers display the aisle number and/or store logo. (The brands are charged a monthly advertising lease fee to appear on the marker.)

Minyard, based in Coppell, Texas, tested the fixtures in a select number of stores. Pleased with the results, it decided to roll out the program, with approximately 34 markers per store.

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Stage Stores says Peebles evp to retire

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HOUSTON Stage Stores today announced that Dennis Abramczyk, evp and coo of its Peebles Division, will be retiring after approximately nine years with the company. He will continue to serve in his position until a replacement is found.

Jim Scarborough, chairman and ceo, commented, We want to thank Dennis for his contributions and service to our company, and we wish him well as he begins this new phase of his life. We will immediately begin a search for his successor, and we are pleased that Dennis will be staying on until the conclusion of our search process, as this will ensure a smooth and orderly transition.

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Home Depot to cut 500 HQ jobs

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ATLANTA Home Depot is cutting 500 jobs at its headquarters. According to reports the cuts make up 10% of the 5,000 employees who work at the headquarters.

The cuts are partly due to the struggling U.S. economy, which has hurt market conditions, reports said. Employees were notified of the eliminations today, they will be paid through April 4.

Home Depot reported fiscal 2007 third quarter consolidated net earnings of $1.1 billion, or 60 cents per diluted share, compared with $1.5 billion, or 73 cents per diluted share, in the same period in fiscal 2006.

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