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Report: Petco acquires Complete Petmart chain

BY Staff Writer

Dayton, Ohio — A report Wednesday by the Business Courier said that Petco has purchased a 29-store Complete Petmart chain, based in Dayton, Ohio.

Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed. San Diego, Calif.-based Petco said all of the chain’s 230 employees will become employees of privately held Petco Animal Supplies.

Petco said it will be making changes to the former Complete Petmart store layouts over the next few weeks.

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Talbots names senior VP of stores

BY CSA STAFF

Hingham, Mass. — The Talbots said Thursday it has named Lesli Gilbert as senior VP stores, effective June 27.

Gilbert will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Talbots core retail operations in the United States and Canada, as well as supporting the implementation of the company’s store reimage and rationalization programs. She will report to president and CEO Trudy F. Sullivan.

Gilbert was most recently regional VP East for T-Mobile USA, and, prior to that, was senior director of sales and customer experience at Gap.

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Coinstar and Safeway to install coin-counting kiosks

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Pleasanton, Calif. — Safeway and Coinstar announced Thursday an agreement to install approximately 1,400 Coinstar kiosks in Safeway’s stores in the United States and Canada by the end of 2011.

Coinstar kiosks are to be installed in Safeway stores and its banners including Vons, Dominick’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi’s, Pavilions, Carrs and Pak N’ Save. Installations are planned to begin this month, according to the companies.

"Coinstar brings a turnkey service and two decades of experience managing the operational intricacies associated with self-service coin kiosks," said Brian Dowling, VP public affairs, Safeway. "We are confident our customers will be pleased with the flexibility of being able to turn their coins into cash, store purchases, or, in the future, a gift card."

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