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Boscov's has named John Young general merchandise manager of home. He succeeds Bart Litvin, who left the department store in the fall. A 17-year Boscov's veteran, Young was most recently divisional merchandise manager of furniture, housewares, small appliances and tabletop. He joined the retailer in 1989 as the sheet, comforter and pillow buyer...WAL-MART is urging shoppers to "look beyond the basics," with a new ad campaign designed to play up the retailer as a shopping destination that offers "unexpected possibilities and solutions that go well beyond basic necessities," the retailer said in a statement. Wal-Mart has been on a mission to broaden the shopping habits of its more affluent consumers, who buy groceries at the chain but often pass up general merchandise, such as home...J.C. PENNEY will open a store in New York's Times Square to kick off its biggest branding campaign in the company's history, where its exclusive lines take center stage. The 15,000-square-foot "J.C. Penney Experience" virtual store, which will run from March 3 to 26, is the first leg of a new spring ad campaign that will make its debut during the Academy Awards on March 5. The campaign will take the company's private branding message "to a new level," Darcie Brossart, vice president and director of public affairs for J.C. Penney, told HFN; but she was tight-lipped on the details...MACY'S HOME STORE named Robert Weiser senior vice president of food preparation, which includes cookware, cutlery and electrics for the centralized home buying division of Federated Department Stores. At the same time, Dana Brown has been appointed senior vice president of decorative housewares, frames, food and candy. A Macy's Home Store official could not confirm who Weiser and Brown succeed in their new roles, or if they are new positions. Weiser joins Macy's Home Store from Macy's Merchandising Group-Federated's private development arm-where he was group vice president of men's furnishings, clothing and private brand classifications. Brown mostly served as group vice president of accessories and shoes for MMG...MYRON ULLMAN, chairman and chief executive officer of J.C. Penney, has resigned from the Polo Ralph Lauren board of directors. Ullman opted not to stand for re-election to Ralph Lauren's board of directors when his current term expires, and tendered his resignation due to his professional commitments leading J.C. Penney, according to a Polo Ralph Lauren statement. "Mike brought extensive business and retail experience to our board and we benefited from his counsel during a time of global expansion for the luxury Ralph Lauren brand," said Ralph Lauren, chairman and CEO of Polo Ralph Lauren, in the statement. Ullman has served on the Polo Ralph Lauren Board since February 2004.

TEXTILES

SPRINGS GLOBAL U.S. has confirmed Kris Honeyman is leaving the company. Honeyman served as president of Springs' decorative flooring division. Honeyman has been named the chief executive officer of Intercontinental Art, a California-based home decor company. Springs said it expects to name a successor soon...LIZ WAIN has joined Nostalgia Home Fashions, a Chicago-based importer and distributor of handcrafted home products, as the chief creative officer, a new position at the company. She will report to Jerry Zhang, founder and president of Nostalgia. Wain, who worked briefly in jewelry, but made a name for herself in home textiles, will oversee design, product development, merchandising and marketing. "I am thrilled to be back home, pardon the pun," Wain said. "While I enjoyed the challenge of designing and manufacturing in a totally new medium, I never lost my passion and true love for textiles and products for the home."

FLOOR COVERING

FEIZY RUGS has named Steve Sorrow to the newly created position of vice president of design and product development. The company has also named Gerrit Swearingen national account manager for its national chain store business and new business development. Sorrow will be responsible for the management of Feizy's in-house design studio and will work closely with the company's overseas designers. He will also collaborate with sales staff and clients in the development of client-specific products, and will assume primary liaison responsibilities with all of Feizy's licensors in the areas of design and trend research. Sorrow has been designing for more than a decade, with the majority of his experience in the floor covering industry. Most recently, he was vice president of design and product development at Oriental Weavers of America. A veteran of the rug industry, Swearingen will be responsible for the sales and servicing of Feizy's national retail accounts and new business development. For the past 15 years, he has represented Oriental Weavers, American Mills and TradeAm International. He will report to John Feizy, chief executive officer.

FURNITURE & LIGHTING

IKEA announced last week that it will build its first store in Florida, in the city of Sunrise. Construction should start this spring, with an anticipated opening in summer 2007. The center, on a 20-acre site, is being planned by the Stiles Corp., based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Plans call for a 293,000-square-foot facility, with a two-level parking deck providing 1,100 spaces. Adjacent to the site is a 40,000-square-foot plot where Stiles plans to develop other specialty stores and restaurants. Special features planned for the Florida store include three model homes, 50 room settings and a 250-seat restaurant. In a release, IKEA, which now has 26 stores in the United States, said it expects to hire about 350 workers for the facility.

TABLETOP

BAUM BROS. has named Cherylann Johnson senior vice president, a new position in which she will head product development, design and merchandising. Johnson, who has designed products for several other tabletop and home furnishings manufacturers, reports to owners Peter Baum and Bill Baum. Weiser and Brown are divvying up responsibilities previously held by Evan Dash, who was senior vice president of housewares for Macy's Home Store and left the company in November. Weiser and Brown report to Tim Adams, chief executive officer of Macy's Home Store...ALESSI unveiled its new branding strategy at Messe Frankfurt's Ambiente fair here earlier this month. The three-tiered approach consists of the Officina Alessi brand of high-end, design-driven products; Alessi, the company's midtier brand that includes many of its iconic items; and A di Alessi, the brand that is geared toward a younger consumer. The concept, as well as the new packaging, logos and price points, will be officially introduced to the market April 1...JOHN WILTON, vice president of Wilton-Armetale, recently joined former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush in dedicating The Extra Mile monument pathway in Washington. It was created by The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center Foundation Network. Wilton-Armetale was a major sponsor of the event. The company made a special commemorative paperweight that was distributed to all attendees.

HOUSEWARES

NEWELL RUBBERMAID INC. named Mark D. Ketchum president and chief executive officer, making permanent the position he has held on an interim basis for the past four months. He also will continue as a member of Newell's board. Newell conducted a CEO search with an executive recruiting firm, but decided Ketchum was the right candidate. Ketchum was named interim CEO after Joseph Galli resigned in October. He is a 33-year veteran of Procter & Gamble, most recently serving as president of Global Baby and Family Care. He retired from P&G in November 2004. He also is a director of Hillenbrand Industries Inc., a provider of goods and services for the health care and funeral services industries.

FINANCE

LIBBEY INc.'S efforts to reduce inventory in the fourth quarter, coupled with asset impairments and costs related to pension settlements and workers compensation, led the tabletop company to report a $21 million loss, or $1.50 per diluted share, for the period ended Dec. 31, 2005. Sales increased 2.7 percent to $158.2 million from $154.1 quarter. For the year, the net loss was almost $19.4 million, or $1.39 per share. Sales increased 4.3 percent to $568.1 million for the year, compared with $544.8 million in the year-ago quarter. John Meier, Libbey chairman and chief executive officer, said the first quarter "continues to be challenging," citing high energy costs, among other things. "Our expectations for sales growth total less than 1 percent in the first quarter, with a slight increase in margins," he said in a statement.

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Title Annotation:Boscov's Department Stores hires John Young; Wal-Mart's new ad campaign; J.C.Penney Co. opens a new store
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Date:Feb 20, 2006
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