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NASFT names outstanding specialty food retailers of 2011

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New York City — The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) has announced the Outstanding Specialty Food Retailers of 2011. The winners are: Central Market, Austin, Texas; Fromagination, Madison, Wisc.; Olives Gourmet Grocer, Long Beach, Calif.; The Cheese Iron, Portland, Maine; The Fresh Market, Greensboro, N.C.; and ZZest Market & Café, Rochester, Minn.

“Each honoree exemplifies the hallmarks of specialty food retailing in a unique way,” said Ann Daw, president of the NASFT. “They all bring a passion for food, the customer, and the community to their work every day.”

The awards will be presented July 11, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. The winners were selected by a panel of specialty food experts convened by the NASFT who evaluated nominees from across the United States.

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Foot Locker makes senior management changes

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New York City — Foot Locker announced a series of organizational changes designed to enhance its focus on its two key business units — retail stores and direct-to-customer, and to strengthen the operations supporting each unit. The changes will take effect as of July 1.

The company will consolidate the reporting of all its retail store businesses under Richard A. Johnson, who will be promoted to executive VP and group president – retail stores. He will be responsible for all of Foot Locker’s domestic and international store banners.

Key operational areas will be consolidated under Robert W. McHugh, who will be promoted to the new position of executive VP — operations support, with responsibility for information systems and technology, real estate, logistics, sourcing and team edition.

The company is also elevating its direct-to-customer business unit to report directly to Ken C. Hicks, chairman, president and CEO.

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Tommy Hilfiger to sell clothes at The Bay

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New York City — The Tommy Hilfiger Group said Friday that it will begin selling men’s clothing in 90 locations of The Bay, a Canadian department store.

Gary Sheinbaum, CEO of Tommy Hilfiger North America, said Canada’s "robust economy and increasingly discerning fashion consumers" influenced the decision.

The company described the setup as a "shop-in-shop," encompassing about 500 sq. ft. The shop will open by November.

The company has a similar set-up in the United States with Macy’s.

Tommy Hilfiger is owned by Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.

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