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Sunflower Farmers Markets CEO arrested in child prostitution sting

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — Supermarket veteran Mike Gilliland, the founder, chairman and CEO of Sunflower Farmers Markets, was arrested after being charged in an undercover child-prostitution sting and has resigned, according to reports. Gilliland also was a founder of Wild Oats Market.

Chris Sherrell was named acting CEO following Gilliland’s resignation on Saturday, Sunflower Farmers Market said on its website. Gilliland also quit his post on the Phoenix-based Sunflower’s company’s board of directors.’

"Sunflower appreciates the respect that Mr. Gilliland has shown for the company by his action, so that his personal affairs will not affect the company," Sherrell said in the statement.

The Arizona Republic reported police said Gilliland, 52, was arrested at a hotel on suspicion of felony child prostitution. Sgt. Steve Martos said it is alleged the businessman knew he was going there with the intention of paying a minor, whom he had met online, for sex.

He said Gilliland was one of eight people arrested as part of an ongoing investigation.

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Michaels updates wedding section

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IRVING, Texas — Michaels announced that it has updated its wedding section with hundreds of products including guestbooks, flower girl baskets, place cards, cake toppers and tabletop decor.

"DIY is the best way for a couple to create a ceremony and reception that expresses their unique style on any budget," said Michaels chief marketing officer Paula Puleo. "Michaels offers inspiration, ideas and one-stop shopping for everything needed to create a personalized, affordable wedding celebration unlike any other."

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Fire damages Abercrombie & Fitch’s New York flagship

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New York City — Abercrombie & Fitch’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City will be temporarily closed after a two-alarm fire last night damaged the building.

More than 25 units and 125 firefighters responded to the blaze, which began about 11 p.m. local time last night.

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