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Odell named ceo of Pep Boys

BY CSA STAFF

PHILADELPHIA The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack announced that interim ceo Michael Odell will now assume the role as a permanent position.

As expected, Mike stepped seamlessly into the role of interim ceo, quickly gaining the confidence of all of our 18,000 associates under his charge, says James Mitarotonda, chairman of the board for Pep Boys. Over the past six months, he has worked tirelessly to lead our transformation to become the automotive solutions provider of choice for the value-oriented customer. While there is much work remaining to be done, there is no doubt that Mikes vast automotive aftermarket experience and hands-on leadership style uniquely qualify him to ensure Pep Boys success. 

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Gap Inc. expands international presence

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SAN FRANCISCO In another move to expand its international presence, Gap Inc. has announced that Mexico’s leading department store chain will have exclusive rights to sell Gap brand merchandise in a franchise “store-within-a-store” concept.

The company signed a franchise agreement with Distribuidora Liverpool, S.A. DE C.V. and plans to begin selling products in the spring of 2009. Gap Inc. had previously worked with Liverpool through a wholesale agreement and during that time introduced Gap brand apparel in a limited manner to customers in Mexico.

The company also announced today that it has expanded its relationship with Fawaz Alhokair Group to include franchise agreements for Gap and Banana Republic in Egypt and Jordan. Fawaz Alhokair Group recently opened Gap and Banana Republic stores in Saudi Arabia and will now open stores in Egypt and Jordan over the next five years. The first Gap stores are expected to open in Egypt and Jordan for the 2008 holiday season. The first Banana Republic stores are expected to open in Jordan in the spring of 2009 and in Egypt for the 2009 fall season.

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Shopko targets moms with new apparel offerings

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GREEN BAY, Wis. Shopko announced that, beginning this month, it will carry Sag Harbor, Gloria Vanderbilt, Norton McNaughton, and Briggs New York brands to target women, particularly mothers.

The brands, according to Shopko, include a variety of workplace and casual styles.

 

In addition, Shopko is adding national brands to its accessories area with Sag Harbor handbags and a collection of fashion jewelry by Nine & Co., a division of Nine West.

“Our customers have told us they want more fashionable and relevant clothing, and we are excited to bring these national brands to the Shopko customer,” said Jill Soltau, Shopko senior vp of general merchandise and manager of apparel and accessories. “We will continue to respond to the needs of our customers, building on Shopko’s commitment to deliver great merchandise and value.”

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