WSJ: Hedge fund pressures Jones Group to sell parts of portfolio
New York — A report by the Wall Street Journal on Friday said that hedge fund Barington Capital Group is pressing Jones Group Inc. to slim down by divesting parts of its portfolio.
Citing an unidentified source, WSJ said that Barington – in a meeting earlier this month – urged Jones to hire financial advisers to analyze many of the company’s 35-plus to pare down the portfolio and focus on its core and emerging brands.
The New York-based retailer is in the throes of a turnaround, led by CEO Wesley Card. Last year, Jones Group posted a $55 million loss on sales of $3.8 billion, well below pre-recession sales of $4.7 billion in 2006.
The Bon-Ton Stores to close Michigan furniture gallery
York, Pa. — The Bon-Ton Stores will close its Younkers Furniture Gallery in the Lakeshore Marketplace in Muskegon, Mich., in June. The closing will affect approximately 20 associates at the location.
The Bon-Ton acquired the leasehold interests in the Muskegon Furniture Gallery store when it acquired Elder-Beerman in 2003. Bon-Ton does not expect the furniture gallery’s close to affect operations at the Younkers department store located in The Lakes Mall.
“We are very grateful for the devoted Younkers Muskegon Furniture Gallery store associates and are committed to providing assistance to these associates,” said Brendan Hoffman, president and CEO.
The affected associates in the Muskegon Furniture Gallery location will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at other Younkers stores or receive career transition benefits, including severance, according to established practices and state employment service support.
Report: Costco co-founder to earn entrepreneur award
New York — The University of Missouri-Kansas City will present Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal with its Entrepreneur of the Year award at a special ceremony this fall, according to published reports.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that Sinegal, who retired as the club retailer’s CEO in January 2012, would be among the honorees of the university’s 28th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebration.
Sinegal founded Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco together with Jeff Brotman in 1983.