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Sears Adds Largest Lands’ End Store-Within-A-Store

BY CSA STAFF

Hoffman Estates, Ill. Sears Holdings Corp.’s Cherry Creek North store in Denver is the newest location to add a Lands’ End specialty store—it’s the largest in the United States, according to the Denver Business Journal. The store-within-a-store concept occupies the entire first floor of the 1950s vintage store. The concept dedicates 22,000 sq. ft. to Lands’ End-branded merchandise.

The in-store Lands’ End shop debuted last month.

A Sears store in White Plains, N.Y., which was the first to switch to the new model, allocated 10,000 sq. ft. of its retail department to Lands’ End about a year ago.

Sears operates 926 stores nationwide, 200 of which have incorporated the Lands’ End store-within-a-store concept.

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Watts jumping to QVC from Wal-Mart

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. Former Wal-Mart merchandising evp, Claire Watts is joining QVC on Jan. 7, 2008, and will assume the role of president of U.S. Commerce, effective May 1, 2008, QVC announced today.

Watts was with Wal-Mart for the past ten years, serving in a variety of positions, including most recently as evp of merchandising. She has also held executive positions at The Limited, Lands’ End and the May Company.

In her new position as president of U.S. Commerce, Watts will oversee planning, programming, merchandising, broadcasting, TV sales, and QVC.com for the U.S. operation.

 

“Claire brings a wealth of experience from multiple sectors of retailing and has an in-depth understanding of consumers,” said QVC’s president and ceo, Mike George, to whom Watts will report. “Her ability to lead in an open, honest, values-based environment, combined with her innovation and creativity, will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the QVC business.”

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Saks reports 25.7% monthly comps increase

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NEW YORK Saks today announced that owned sales totaled $347.6 million for the four weeks ended Dec. 1 compared to $275.3 million for the four weeks ended Nov. 25, 2006, a 26.3% increase. Comparable-store sales increased 25.7% for the four-week period.

On a year-to-date basis, for the ten months ended Dec. 1, owned sales totaled $2.6 billion compared to $2.2 billion for the ten months ended Nov. 25, 2006, a 16.5% increase. Comparable-store sales increased 14.5% for the ten-month period.

According to the company, its strongest categories for November were womens shoes; handbags; fine jewelry; mens accessories, shoes, and apparel; womens gold range apparel; fragrances; and outerwear. The weakest categories at Saks Fifth Avenue for November were Salon Z (womens large sizes), designer eveningwear, bridal, and cosmetics.

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