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Peter Harris Clothes/Label Shopper deploying Jesta I.S. solutions

BY Marianne Wilson

Montreal — Jesta I.S., a leading supplier of enterprise software solutions for retailers, manufacturers, and distributors, announced that Peter Harris Clothes/Label Shopper Stores, an off-price apparel, accessories, and home decor chain is partnering with Jesta I.S. to implement their vision merchandising, vision POS, and vision financials software solutions.

Based in Latham, New York, Peter Harris Clothes/Label Shopper Stores continues to grow its footprint across the United States. In order to support their expansion plans in 2014, the need for a powerful software suite became imperative. The Jesta solutions will equip the brand with the necessary tools to merchandise their goods effectively, while ensuring an enhanced in-store customer experience.

“After extensive research and due diligence, we found Jesta I.S.’s retail solution to be the strongest in sales analysis, said Peter Elitzer, president and CEO of Peter Harris Clothes and Label Shopper, which operates 71 stores, all located in the Northeast and Mid-West. “ We especially liked what Jesta offered with their algorithms. After all, it’s about getting the right merchandise to the right stores, not only based on historical data, but on-hand merchandise as well.”

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Unilever to sell North American pasta sauces business

BY CSA STAFF

Unilever has signed an agreement for the sale of its North America pasta sauces business under the Ragu and Bertolli brands to Mizkan Group for a total cash consideration of approximately $2.15 billion. The annual turnover for Ragu and Bertolli is more than $600 million.

The transaction includes two production facilities — a sauce processing and packaging facility in Owensboro, Ky., and a tomato processing facility in Stockton, Calif.

“This sale represents one of the final steps in reshaping our portfolio in North America to deliver sustainable growth for Unilever, and enables us to sharpen our focus within our foods business,” said president of Unilever North America Kees Kruythoff. “The Ragu and Bertolli business leads the pasta sauce category in the United States, and we believe that the potential of both brands can be fully realized with Mizkan.”

The transaction, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, is expected to close by the end of June.

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Restoration Hardware transforms landmark building to RH gallery/store

BY Marianne Wilson

Corte Madera, Calif. – RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings) has opened RH Greenwich, The Gallery at the Historic Post Office, in Greenwich, Connecticut. After years of planning and preservation to honor its singular place in the town’s cultural landscape, the building’s exterior has been completely restored, while the interior has been reimagined and a second story conservatory and rooftop park has been added.

The loading dock that fronted Greenwich Avenue has been transformed into a beautiful garden courtyard and grand entrance. The new space will serve as an architectural canvas for artistic installations of home furnishings in a gallery setting. Encompassing nearly 23,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space, the gallery was imagined to inspire new and evolving ways to design a home.

“Great architecture is at the core of our design ethos,” says RH Chairman and CEO, Gary Friedman. “Our vision is to reclaim and restore the building’s original design, and then reimagine the space, making it once again relevant and inspiring to the community.”

The transformation marks Friedman’s continued collaboration with design architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger.

Upon arrival, customers will encounter the landmark’s distinctive radiating plan. Its main facade is defined by a sweeping concave arch, decorative balustrade and a classical loggia, supported by six grand 19-ft. limestone columns topped by hand-carved Corinthian capitals. As they pass through the stately main entrance complete with five sets of French doors, they will see the loggia’s three original pendants of glass and cast iron suspended overhead – each of which has been fully restored.

Visitors will ascend a grand double staircase with custom-designed iron handrails. Nine oversized birdcage chandeliers suspended by weathered rope and natural light emanating from a skylight soaring nearly 40 ft. above will illuminate the way.

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