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Saturn/America’s Mattress

BY CSA STAFF

Saturn engages customers with a format based on the idea of an interactive museum. In line with the company’s new, more stylish models, the environment is sleek and contemporary, enhanced by the familiar curves of the brand’s logo, modern graphics and furnishings, and bold use of Saturn’s signature red. The design flips the traditional car showroom layout. In a switch, vehicles are displayed around the perimeter and the consultation areas are in the center. Cars are displayed in a gallery-like setting, with graphics that emphasize each specific model. Interactive kiosks allow shoppers to access information on color, trim and other features. Consultation stations remove barriers and allow employee and shopper to view the same monitor—and information.

Acontemporary environment, featuring the company’s signature white and vibrant blue hues, delivers a strong brand message at America’s Mattress. The 3,500-sq.-ft. showroom is designed as a prototype to be followed by franchisees. The use of furnishings and drywall ceilings define the different functional areas of the space. Among the unique design elements are “framing projector” light fixtures that frame the outline of each individual mattress on display, a custom carpet pattern made to emulate mattress quilting and the use of LCD monitors to display the product line.

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Stage Stores says Peebles evp to retire

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HOUSTON Stage Stores today announced that Dennis Abramczyk, evp and coo of its Peebles Division, will be retiring after approximately nine years with the company. He will continue to serve in his position until a replacement is found.

Jim Scarborough, chairman and ceo, commented, We want to thank Dennis for his contributions and service to our company, and we wish him well as he begins this new phase of his life. We will immediately begin a search for his successor, and we are pleased that Dennis will be staying on until the conclusion of our search process, as this will ensure a smooth and orderly transition.

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Home Depot to cut 500 HQ jobs

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ATLANTA Home Depot is cutting 500 jobs at its headquarters. According to reports the cuts make up 10% of the 5,000 employees who work at the headquarters.

The cuts are partly due to the struggling U.S. economy, which has hurt market conditions, reports said. Employees were notified of the eliminations today, they will be paid through April 4.

Home Depot reported fiscal 2007 third quarter consolidated net earnings of $1.1 billion, or 60 cents per diluted share, compared with $1.5 billion, or 73 cents per diluted share, in the same period in fiscal 2006.

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