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Zale Announces Exec Promotions

BY CSA STAFF

Dallas Zale Corp. has announced the promotion of Theo Killion to president and Steve Larkin to executive VP, chief marketing and e-commerce officer.

Killion, who has served as executive VP, human resources, legal and corporate strategy since January 2008, will retain his current responsibilities in addition to assuming responsibility for the company’s shared services department, which provides customer, employee and store support, and the loss-prevention department.

He will continue to report directly to Neal Goldberg, CEO.

Larkin has served as Zale’s senior VP, e-commerce, since January 2006. In February of this year, he was promoted to senior VP, marketing and e-commerce, assuming responsibility for the company’s marketing efforts.

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Steve & Barry’s files ‘Stalking Horse’ agreement

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. Steve & Barry’s announced that it has filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York a “stalking horse” Asset Purchase Agreement with BH S&B Holding LLC, a newly-formed subsidiary of investment firm Bay Harbour Management.

Under the terms of the agreement, BH S&B Holdings would acquire certain company assets for $163 million. Subject to acceptable negotiation of lease terms prior to the final auction date, BH S&B Holdings’ expressed intent is to continue to operate the chain of Steve & Barry’s retail stores as a going concern, with current staff and key facilities, including the company’s New York headquarters, Columbus, Ohio distribution center and certain overseas offices.

The assets to be acquired include certain Steve & Barry’s store leases; all Steve & Barry’s merchandise, with the exclusion of any product located at stores not purchased by BH S&B Holdings; and all Steve & Barry’s intellectual property rights, including its celebrity and brand licenses. Further due diligence will determine which Steve & Barry’s renegotiated store leases BH S&B Holdings would acquire should the Asset Purchase Agreement be approved by the Court.

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Office Depot Foundation, Carl Edwards give backpacks to Miami kids

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MIAMI Office Depot, through its Office Depot Foundation, with the help of Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will donate more than 6,500 backpacks to non-profit organizations and schools in Miami-Dade County on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Through its National Backpack Program, the Office Depot Foundation has provided nearly 1.8 million free backpacks to children since 2001.

Through this year’s National Backpack Program, the Office Depot Foundation is donating 300,000 backpacks to a variety of non-profit organizations and schools across the United States and Canada. The recipients, in turn, provide the backpacks to deserving children whom they serve through their programs or in their classrooms. The Foundation will also host backpack presentation events in Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach on Aug. 6.

“Education is the foundation for success, and I’m really excited to partner with Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation for another season of backpack donations,” said Edwards, a former substitute teacher, who is sponsored by South Florida-based Office Depot. “Every student deserves to return to school with the tools they need to succeed, and the Office Depot Foundation is doing a great thing to make that happen for so many kids who might not otherwise have the necessary resources.”

Office Depot Foundation president Mary Wong says that making a difference to children is precisely the point of the National Backpack Program. “By placing backpacks containing essential school supplies into the hands of children, we are giving them important tools they need to start school with confidence–and to succeed throughout the year,” she said. “The National Backpack Program is one of the key ways in which we seek to accomplish the Foundation’s mission–Listen Learn Care–and to achieve our strategic priority of helping children get ready for life and work.”

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