FINANCE

Tuesday Morning Q1 sales dip 1.2%

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Dallas — Tuesday Morning Corp. reported Tuesday that net sales for the quarter ended Sept. 30 edged down 1.2% to $170.7 million, compared with $172.8 million in the year-ago period.

Same-store sales for the period declined 4.1%, comprised of a 5.2% decrease in traffic offset by a 1.1% increase in average ticket.

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STORE SPACES

A&P outsources maintenance services

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New York City — The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has awarded a three-year contract to USM Services, a division of Emcor Group, Norwalk, Conn., to provide facilities management services to the chain’s 336 stores in the Northeast.

USM will be responsible for comprehensive facilities management for the A&P locations, including maintaining food service equipment. In addition to performing full electrical, fire protection, plumbing services, as well as all landscaping, and snow removal services, USM’s scope of work also includes repairs and maintenance to ceilings, fixtures, floors, sidewalks, windows, cabinets, doors, compactors, lighting, material handling equipment, and parking lots.

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OPERATIONS

Jo-Ann increases holiday hiring

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Hudson, Ohio — Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores said Monday it will increase its work force by more than 15% for the holiday season.

Tom Williams, senior VP human resources for Jo-Ann, announced the company has begun the seasonal recruiting process and will hire more than 3,000 additional employees before the holidays.

The company attributes the seasonal hiring to anticipation of increased traffic in stores through the holiday season.

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