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Rite Aid Appoints COO

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Camp Hill, Pa., James Mastrian has been tapped to be Rite Aid’s new chief operating officer, the company announced earlier today.

Mastrian had been the pharmacy chain’s executive VP of marketing, logistics and pharmacy services since November 2002.

Rite Aid hasn’t had a COO since Mary Sammons vacated that position in 2003 to become president and CEO.

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Wal-Mart Unveils Urban Clothing Line

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New York City, Wal-Mart will introduce its new Metro 7 urban clothing line for women in 500 stores this week. Metro 7 line represents the retail giant’s effort to boost their clothing department sales.

After conducting 6,000 interviews of its shoppers, Wal-Mart determined that their apparel did not appeal to the modern woman. “We found that she has an urban sensibility, she’s very fashionable, very style conscious, and we didn’t have the apparel that met her needs,” chief marketing officer John Fleming said.

Wal-Mart hopes to extend its Metro 7 line to 1,000 stores by springtime.

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Big Lots to Close 126 Stores

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Columbus, Ohio, Retailer Big Lots announced late yesterday that it will close 85 close-out merchandise stores and 41 furniture stores; this latest announcement comes after Big Lots had already made public plans to close 40 stores this year.

The company will spend up to $28 million to mark down merchandise in an attempt to reduce inventory.

Big Lots has also announced plans to open fewer stores than originally slated for the rest of 2005 and said net new store growth in 2006 should be minimal.

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