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Sales Interrupted at Toys ‘R’ Us Flagship

BY CSA STAFF

New York City, There was magic in the air at about 3 p.m. at the Toys “R” Us flagship in Manhattan on the busiest shopping day of the year. And then, there was pepper spray in the air.

After pepper spray was released in the store for unknown reasons on Friday, Nov. 26, some 22 people were taken to local hospitals where they were treated for respiratory injuries. The incident caused the evacuation of about 3,000 shoppers and the deployment of some 80 firefighters. It also led to about an hour-and-a half of lost selling time. A police investigation is continuing.

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Brooks Bros. Opens Second Store in Italy

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Florence, Italy, Apparel retailer Brooks Bros. has opened a new flagship store in Florence, Italy, at Via della Vigna Nuova, an upscale shopping center. The company already operates a store in Milan, which opened in fall 2003. Brooks Bros. also operates international stores in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.

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Wet Seal President Resigns

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Foothill Ranch, Calif., Allan D. Haims quit his job at The Wet Seal. His resignation from the post of president of Wet Seal stores is effective immediately.

Earlier this month, Peter Whitford resigned from his job as CEO and chairman of the youth-oriented retailer. Joseph Decko, who has experience in finance and operations at retailers Disney Stores and Victoria’s Secret, currently serves as Wet Seal’s interim CEO.

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