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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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Report: Petco acquires Complete Petmart chain

BY Staff Writer

Dayton, Ohio — A report Wednesday by the Business Courier said that Petco has purchased a 29-store Complete Petmart chain, based in Dayton, Ohio.

Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed. San Diego, Calif.-based Petco said all of the chain’s 230 employees will become employees of privately held Petco Animal Supplies.

Petco said it will be making changes to the former Complete Petmart store layouts over the next few weeks.

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Talbots names senior VP of stores

BY CSA STAFF

Hingham, Mass. — The Talbots said Thursday it has named Lesli Gilbert as senior VP stores, effective June 27.

Gilbert will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Talbots core retail operations in the United States and Canada, as well as supporting the implementation of the company’s store reimage and rationalization programs. She will report to president and CEO Trudy F. Sullivan.

Gilbert was most recently regional VP East for T-Mobile USA, and, prior to that, was senior director of sales and customer experience at Gap.

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