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Neiman Marcus/Home Depot

BY CSA STAFF

Neiman Marcus makes a memorable first impression in Natick, Mass., with a bold and dramatic facade. The undulating, patterned stainless-steel exterior is evocative of a silk scarf billowing in coastal breezes. To create the simple and elegant flowing-fabric form, alternately inverted geometric cones were placed adjacent to each other around the perimeter of the building’s exterior. The pattern on the skin was designed to reinforce the flowing nature of the building’s form, and the metal panels, were textured and beadblasted to create a soft, silk-like sheen when sunlight hits the surface.

The Home Depot leverages its signature brand elements to turn the entire facade of its store in Jersey City, N.J., into a powerful visual statement. The chain’s familiar orange hue and sign extends to 50-ft. rhythmic wing-like forms in an angled, sawtoothed footprint of scalloped, corrugated-metal panels constructed on stainless-steel frames and composite decks. Panels fan out on the building face and create display windows via a glazed curtain-wall, allowing the store to showcase products to traffic flowing in and out of the nearby Lincoln Tunnel.

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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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