— Joe Keenan
Coldwater Creek: The women’s apparel, jewelry, gifts and accessories multichannel merchant has launched “Onecreek,” a new loyalty program designed to further enhance service and reward its most valuable customers. The program offers discounts and other special promotions. Customers will be automatically enrolled in the program upon meeting eligibility requirements.
Gander Mountain: The outdoor sporting goods retailer won a longstanding dispute in U.S. District Court with multichannel rival Cabela’s for the right to use certain Gander Mountain trademarks in direct marketing. The nation’s largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, boating, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services, plans to relaunch its catalog division.
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JoS. A. Bank: The menswear marketer has promoted Gary Merry to EVP. Merry was most recently SVP for operations. He will be responsible for heading the company’s store and catalog operations.
Alloy: The teen apparel marketer has promoted Joseph Frehe to CFO. Frehe joined Alloy in 2000 and most recently served as SVP of finance.
Limited Brands: Len Schlesinger, vice chairman/COO of Limited Brands, recently resigned. Schlesinger had been with the company since 1999. His responsibilities will be assumed by Chairman/CEO Les Wexner and Chief Administrative Officer Martyn Redgrave.
Sheplers: The Western wear apparel cataloger/retailer has been acquired by private equity firm Gryphon Investors for an undisclosed amount. With the news came the announcement that CEO Mike Anop would retire and hand over the CEO reigns to Mark Syrstad. Syrstad most recently served as president and CEO of Crafts Retail Holdings.
Hickory Farms: The multichannel specialty retailer of branded and gift food products has been acquired by an affiliate of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners. Hickory Farms sells beef, pork and cheese products, chocolates, desserts, fresh fruits and nuts, seafood, and other delectables through mail order and online catalogs, grocery stores and mass merchants.