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Stage Stores Names President, COO of Peebles Division

BY CSA STAFF

Houston Stage Stores, Inc. announced that Richard Maloney joined the company as president and COO of its Peebles division. Maloney succeeds Dennis Abramczyk, who announced his intent to retire in January 2008.

Maloney has over 31 years of retail experience, while 15 of which were in senior executive roles. Prior to joining Stage Stores, Maloney spent five years as a business consultant, and seven years as president and CEO of the Meier and Frank division of The May Department Stores Co. (now part of Macy’s).

Maloney also held various senior merchandising positions of increasing responsibility at a number of former Macy’s divisions.

He will be responsible for all operations of the Peebles division, including merchandising, marketing, planning and allocation, and store operations.

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Weis Markets completes rollout of generic Rx plan

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SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets said it has completed the chainwide rollout of its new generic prescription plan offering a 90-day supply of more than 350 generic prescriptions for $9.99.

The generic prescription plan was introduced in 59 store pharmacies located in Central Pennsylvania, and Northeast Pennsylvania (including Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and the Pocono’s), New Jersey and Elmira, N.Y. This plan is now available in all 118 Weis Markets in-store pharmacies.

The plan was initially introduced in August in 59 Weis Markets pharmacies in Harrisburg, Lancaster and York along with all of its in-store pharmacies in Maryland West Virginia.

“We’re extremely pleased with the strong customer response to our generic prescription plan and have decided to roll it out chainwide. Increasing healthcare and prescription costs remain a huge issue for our customers and their employers. Our generic prescription plan offers strong savings and gives more choices to physicians and customers such as state and federal employees who are often limited to mail order,” said David Hepfinger, Weis Markets president and coo.

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Best Buy opens women-focused store

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AURORA, Colo. Best Buy’s new store in Aurora, Colo., a suburb of Denver, features skylights, wood paneling and flat-screen televisions in model rooms, in an attempt to appeal more to women shoppers.

Best Buy consulted local female customers for ideas for the store, said Ginger Sorvari Bucklin, Best Buy’s director of Winning With Women. The women consulted said they wanted to see how products could work together and see them in a real-life setting.

The store is also designed to appeal to moms with young children, featuring items like shopping carts shaped like cars.

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