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SPECS Show Announces Future Retail Leaders Program

BY CSA STAFF

Retail executives are invited to introduce their rising stars to the industry’s leading store development and facilities event — SPECS, which will be held March 13-16, 2011, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. Qualified senior executives and their future leaders will receive FREE registration to this year’s show.

Future retail leaders will be exposed to the best the industry has to offer through a combination of 35 educational sessions, peer-to-peer networking, access to top suppliers and more! Show your support to the development of your up-and-coming executive talent by registering both yourself and your rising stars for FREE today! Their participation at SPECS will benefit your company for years to come.

To register, go to www.specsshow.com/register-now.

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Claire’s names head of North American division

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CHICAGO – Claire’s Stores has announced the appointment of Jay Friedman as president of the North American division, reporting to Gene Kahn, CEO, effective immediately.

In his position, Friedman will lead both the Claire’s and Icing businesses and will have direct oversight of buying, planning and allocation, supply chain, stores and overall operations of approximately 2,000 stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Friedman joins Claire’s from Jones Apparel Group, Inc. where he was most recently president, and CEO of Jones Retail Corp., Nine West Group.

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Rite Aid gets fit with BL Body

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CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced its partnership with BL Body, a collection of shape wear exclusively available in Rite Aid stores, on a sweepstakes with a first prize trip for two to the location of the reality program “The Biggest Loser.”

Rite Aid is taking sweepstake entries through Jan. 22 for the $4,000-grand prize. Second prize is a year’s membership for two to the Biggest Loser Club online weight loss program, a $479 value.

The sweepstakes is being promoted with in-store radio and a national radio tour featuring Ashley Johnston, the runner-up to season 9 who set a show all-time record for most weight loss by a woman. Johnston also is a spokeswoman for the BL Body collection of shape wear inspired by the show.

Rite Aid already has an established weight loss heritage in the California market through its retail-clinic partnership with weight-loss clinic Lindora.

The chain provides a 12-page informational guide in stores or online at Riteaid.com packed with weight loss tips, techniques and topics including how to fight childhood obesity, the importance of counting calories instead of just carbohydrates or fat, and how to exercise on a budget. Rite Aid customers can also access the Rite Weight program at Riteaid.com/riteweightplan. That program, created by Lindora, aims to help patients lose up to 10% of their body weight in 10 weeks with free online seminars, weight tracking tools and daily support e-mails.

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