Richard Baker

Hudson's Bay, the owner of the Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue department stores, has named Jerry Storch, the former top executive at Toys"R"Us, to serve as its new chief executive. The department store operator said Storch will take the reins beginning Jan. 6, succeeding Richard Baker, who will stay on as executive chairman.

Saks Fifth Avenue's discount retail concept 'Off 5th' will open up to 25 Canadian locations, according to Hudson's Bay Company CEO Richard Baker. Saks' Off 5th concept will likely follow the opening of Canadian Saks Fifth Avenue stores, which we expect to happen within the next 12-18 months.  Existing Hudson's Bay real estate will likely be utilized for Off 5th stores, including some Home Outfitters and former Zellers real estate still held by The Hudson's Bay Company. Existing store space within Hudson's Bay stores could also be utilized for Off 5th.

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