OPERATIONS

Penney names exec to lead home goods

BY Dan Berthiaume

Plano, Texas – J.C. Penney Company, Inc. has reportedly named Jan Hodges, a senior marketing executive who has been with the retailer for 25 years, to the position of senior VP and general manager of home goods. According to Reuters, Penney CEO Myron Ullman sent out an employee memo on Oct. 3 informing workers that Hodges would assume the new position on Nov. 1.

Hodges will replace Paul Rutenis, who left the company after running Penney’s home goods operation for 14 months. She joined Penney in 1988 and has previously held roles including head of women’s accessories and intimates.

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Lane Bryant opens stores in Wisconsin, Houston

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – Lane Bryant officially reopens its store at the West Towne mall in Madison, Wis. on Friday, Oct. 4 with a new look. On the same day Lane Bryant opens a new store in Houston.

The store will celebrate its grand opening at both stores from Oct. 4 through Oct. 6. Customers who shop at those location during the weekend will be able to enter for a chance to win one of 150 $25 Lane Bryant gift cards.

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FrontStreet Facility Solutions names VP of operations

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bohemia, N.Y. — FrontStreet Facility Solutions announced that Brian French will join the executive leadership team as VP of operations. French is the former president of Cairn Development.

With more than 23 years of experience in store development, French is a proven leader in retail services and devising business growth strategies. French has executed multi-faceted projects for premier retailers Uniqlo, Chico’s, United Retail Group and Victoria’s Secret. He has also directed the design, planning and institution of stores for Warner Bros. Worldwide and Burch Capital Creative.

"Brian brings the ideal professional combination of expertise and commitment to support our company growth well into the future,” Kris Bunnell, FrontStreet CEO said. “His experience with industry-leading retail brands and dedication to quality service execution will enhance our operational scale, while maintaining a singular focus on customer needs.”

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