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Sunglass Hut/Casa Palacio

BY CSA STAFF

Sunglass Hut has a cool, sleek, sexy vibe that reflects eyewear’s new fashion-accessory status. The fashion-inspired store design is based on the bold, contrasting effect of light vs. dark. A dramatic, black wall is backlit, while a contrasting white wall highlighting product is front lit. An eye-level mirror band runs around the perimeter walls of the 800-sq.-ft. shop, allowing for easy and efficient try-on of frames.

Behind the cashwrap, a sparkle wall of film over a mirror is functional as well as stylish. It slides open and closed over a storage stage.

With a layout inspired by a grand contemporary home, Casa Palacio offers the latest in luxury home fashions. Rich natural stones and woods are used throughout the 67,775-sq.-ft. store in both classic and contemporary ways. Arrival points with patterned marble floors are interspersed with wide-plank ebony stained wood flooring in over-scaled parquet designs. Stone archways and pearlescent columns define the elegant walkways and entrances that beckon customers to journey from one inviting environment to the next.

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Stage Stores says Peebles evp to retire

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HOUSTON Stage Stores today announced that Dennis Abramczyk, evp and coo of its Peebles Division, will be retiring after approximately nine years with the company. He will continue to serve in his position until a replacement is found.

Jim Scarborough, chairman and ceo, commented, We want to thank Dennis for his contributions and service to our company, and we wish him well as he begins this new phase of his life. We will immediately begin a search for his successor, and we are pleased that Dennis will be staying on until the conclusion of our search process, as this will ensure a smooth and orderly transition.

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Home Depot to cut 500 HQ jobs

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ATLANTA Home Depot is cutting 500 jobs at its headquarters. According to reports the cuts make up 10% of the 5,000 employees who work at the headquarters.

The cuts are partly due to the struggling U.S. economy, which has hurt market conditions, reports said. Employees were notified of the eliminations today, they will be paid through April 4.

Home Depot reported fiscal 2007 third quarter consolidated net earnings of $1.1 billion, or 60 cents per diluted share, compared with $1.5 billion, or 73 cents per diluted share, in the same period in fiscal 2006.

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