Report: Linens ‘n Things Paying Vendors Before Delivery
Clifton, N.J. Linens ‘n Things Inc. is making a major effort to stock its retail stores, as the firm’s CEO said he has just weeks to save the company from a bankruptcy filing, according to report in The Wall Street Journal.
The company said that it took the out-of-the-norm and costly move of paying its largest vendors cash even before the products arrive in stores, the report said.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Linens’ chairman and CEO Robert J. DiNicola called the emergency measure “temporary and certainly not ideal,” but said it was what was needed “to keep vendors comfortable with shipping to us … and gets us through our basic day-to-day requirements.”
DiNicola said the measure gives Linens “a few weeks” breathing room as it tries to locate a substantial capital infusion, according to the report.
Without this new money, Linens ‘n Things will probably file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, DiNicola told the publication.
Linens ‘N Things troubles lead to talks with vendors over supply
CLIFTON, N.J. Linens ‘N Things said on Friday that while it seeks to restructure its debts, it has formed an ad hoc committee of its major vendors in order to discuss how to ensure an uninterrupted supply of products.
The retailer is in talks with a committee of its debtholders about altering its capital structure and said that similar discussions were under way with the vendors, as well.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the company could file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and early last week, Linens ‘N Things reported that it had delayed a $16 million interest payment and that its lenders had agreed to delay exercising their right to stop making loans to the company.
The company claims that its problems have been caused primarily by the credit crunch, housing downturn and consumer spending slowdown in the United States.
Ceo Robert DiNicola said in a statement that the company was evaluating its options and exploring “several alternatives in our efforts to recapitalize the company.”
Winn-Dixie promotes senior director to vp, Neighborhood Marketing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie has announced the promotion of Jim Carrado to vp, Neighborhood Marketing from senior director of Neighborhood Merchandising. He will be responsible for executing strategies centered on Hispanic, urban and affluent clusters and will work closely with all areas of the business, including merchandising, marketing and operations. Carrado will continue to report directly to Dan Portnoy, senior vp and chief merchandising and marketing officer.
In his previous position of senior director, Carrado orchestrated the fixture plan development and product merchandising plans for all remodeled stores. He also developed the company’s new product implementation strategy and created and implemented the clustering process and framework for neighborhood merchandising.
Prior to joining Winn-Dixie in 2003, Carrado worked for Spartan Stores. Before that, he worked at Ralph’s Supermarkets for 14 years and later served as vp of merchandising at Sutton Place Gourmet.