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Sears Targets Teens With MTV Film, LL Cool J gear

BY CSA STAFF

Chicago Sears is teaming up with MTV to produce a back-to-school movie, while adding a line of street clothes and accessories designed by hip-hop artist LL Cool J. The strategy is aimed at tapping a new market for the retailer: the young, hip and urban, according to the Associated Press.

“While mom may decide what the acceptable place is to shop, the kids are deciding what clothes they want and what places have it,” said Richard Gerstein, Sears’ chief marketing officer. “If we come out of our season with much more relevance with this group, and improving our sales and profitability with this group, we think it’s a big win.”

The LL Cool J gear will be available in mid-September. Meanwhile, the movie is slated to air on MTV on Aug. 11.

“The American Mall” movie, produced by the team responsible for the tween-loved “High School Musical” series, is a massive cross-promotion between MTV and Sears.

Scenes for the 87-minute film were shot in a Utah Sears store. Characters wear Sears clothes, which shoppers can purchase. And the actors will appear in Sears advertisements and circulars. Sears will sell the DVD and soundtrack in stores, while promoting the film and getting commercial time when the movie airs on MTV in August.

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Widow of Stater Bros. founder passes away

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Jack Brown, chairman and ceo of Stater Bros. Markets, has announced the passing of Elsie Stater, widow of Stater Bros’. founder Cleo Stater.

Brown stated, “We will miss Elsie’s visits and calls to us. She lived many years in San Bernardino and maintained her local friendships with once-a-month lunch dates. She will be missed by all of the Stater Bros. “Family” of Employees.”

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Michaelson leaves FreshDirect

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NEW YORK Steve Michaelson, who had been president and ceo, hs left web grocer FreshDirect. Previous to his post at FreshDirect he had been senior vp of marketing and merchandising at Weis supermarkets and, before that, marketing vp at Wegman’s.

 

 

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