People News: Today’s Executive Appointments
Framingham, Mass., Carol Meyrowitz is stepping down as president of TJX Cos.’ Marmaxx group, which is comprised of its T.J. Maxx and Marshalls divisions, effective Jan. 21, 2005. She will remain with the company in an advisory role to assist with the management transition through September 2005. Taking over as president of Marmaxx will be Ernie Herrman, who currently serves as COO of the division.
In addition, Jerome Rossi will take over Herrman’s role as COO of Marmaxx. Rossi currently serves as president of TJX’ HomeGoods unit. Lastly, Lisa Panattoni will assume the role of president of HomeGoods, where she currently serves as senior VP of merchandising and marketing.
• Houston-based Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. promoted Jayme Maxwell to senior VP, chief advertising and creative officer. She joined the company in 1992 as director of advertising and was named VP of marketing in January 2000. In addition, Men’s Wearhouse promoted Scott Waltz to senior VP, chief marketing officer.
• Macy’s East, a division of Cincinnati-based Federated Department Stores, named James Mansour as executive VP of visual merchandising. He is founder of Mansour Designs, a New York City-based retail design and brand development firm.
Food Lion Buys Handful of Winn-Dixie Stores
Salisbury, N.C., Supermarket chain Food Lion is spending an undisclosed sum in cash to acquire 10 stores from Winn-Dixie in North Carolina and Virginia. The acquisition will fill in and reinforce the retailer’s presence in its current geographic footprint. The stores are located in Dunn, Elizabeth City, Elizabethtown and Havelock, N.C., and Clarksville, Danville, Farmville, Martinsville, South Hill and Stanleytown, Va.
Food Lion plans to quickly rebrand five of the stores in Virginia with only a few-days gap in store operations. Also, the store in Elizabethtown will be remodeled significantly to replace Food Lion’s current location there. It says it will conduct further analysis of the remaining locations to better determine how the stores fit in its growth plans. Food Lion, which operates more than 1,200 stores in 11 Southeastern and mid-Atlantic states, is a division of Delhaize America, which also operates the Hannaford Bros. and Kash ’n Karry grocers.
Sport Chalet Adding Two Stores in California
Los Angeles, Specialty retailer Sport Chalet, Inc. will open two stores in The Golden State later this month, in Elk Grove and Visalia. Both stores, which average 42,000 sq. ft., feature an on-site SCUBA training pool.