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Supervalu cuts 700 jobs at Shaw’s

BY Staff Writer

West Bridgewater, Mass. — Supervalu said Monday it has cut about 700 store-level positions at the company’s Shaw’s and Star Market stores in New England.

“As we continue to look at the best ways to achieve success, we recognized an opportunity to align our work force to more effectively serve the marketplace by scheduling team members more appropriately to serve customers at the times they shop,” said Mike Stigers, president of Shaw’s. “These changes will help us to compete more effectively in a rapidly changing marketplace.”

Throughout five New England states, there are 169 Shaw’s store locations employing approximately 17,000 associates.

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Macy’s stores to open midnight on Black Friday

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — For the second year in a row, Macy’s stores nationwide will open at midnight on Black Friday, Friday, Nov. 23.

A new Black Friday feature on Macy’s mobile app will help customers browse and shop for specials specific to their local store.

“Black Friday is a day dedicated to finding the best deals,” said Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer. “For the first time last year, Macy’s stores nationwide opened at midnight and our customers loved getting a head start on their holiday shopping. Based on their enthusiastic response, we plan to repeat it again this year.”

Beginning Nov. 15, Macy’s customers will be able to view Black Friday specials on their mobile device, create personal shopping lists they can edit and share with friends, and receive push notifications that will offer details on previously unadvertised specials.

In addition, the new Black Friday feature on Macy’s mobile app will allow customers to browse Black Friday specials specific to each Macy’s, helping them navigate their local store by sending the department name and floor for each special by store location.

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Ralph Lauren pulling plug on Rugby

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Ralph Lauren Corp. is shuttering its Rugby division, Crain’s New York reported.

The preppy-inspired Rugby brand, targeted at a young audience, was launched in 2004. It has 14 locations.

“We continue to believe that we can service the millennium Rugby customer with brands such as Denim & Supply and Club Monaco,” said Roger Farah, president and COO, on the company’s recent earnings call.

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