Playthings Staff -- Gifts & Dec, August 13, 2001
Federated private label to head overseas
Federated's Merchandising Group will supply leading department stores in Australia, Chile and Peru with some of its private labels. They include Australia's Myer Grace Brothers, a 69-department store chain, which will begin carrying a range of brands, including Charter Club women's apparel.
The Great Indoors hits Denver again
Sears' The Great Indoors opened its second Denver area location, in its first two-level store here, five miles from Boulder. The store is also bigger than the 135,000 square foot average TGI footprint, at 150,000 square feet. Attached to a freestanding mall and next to a parking deck, the store separated its merchandise: "Public rooms," such as the Great Room, are on the first floor, and "private rooms" of the bed and bath are on the second. The levels are attached by escalators and "cartalators" — escalators for shopping carts. Already the store is doing very well, the company said. Because of the additional space, there is more furniture displayed in this location.
IMRA offers scholarships to retail majors
The International Mass Retail Association announced that its IMRA Foundation will offer 10 $1,000 scholarships to upperclassmen pursuing retail majors. The first recipients will be announced next spring, with the awards to be used for the following fall semester. The Partnership for the Future Campaign is the Foundation's first fundraising drive, with a goal of raising $500,000 through 2002.
Domain debuts new fabrics program
Domain Home Fashions has partnered up with a textile manufacturer to offer its customers Fabrics Buy The Yard, a program where more than 75 vintage-inspired fabrics for upholstery, draperies, bedding and more are offered. This link allows customers to purchase these fabrics directly from the mill, eliminating the manufacturing and retailing steps in between, and the markups that go with them.
Kmart adds multi-cultural merchandising post
Kmart Corp. named Rose Reza to the new position of senior vp, multicultural merchandising, effective immediately. Reza's duties will include developing merchandise appropriate for the diverse cultures of the company's customer base, Kmart said.
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