Von Maur has promoted Joy Place to vice president of merchandising, a new position at the 140-year-old, family-owned department store chain.

Place, 37, will be responsible for overseeing product buying for all 27 Von Maur locations and will report to Melody Westendorf, chief operating officer. The Davenport, Iowa-based company said Place’s responsibilities include staying on top of trends, pursuing new vendor relationships and maintaining a team of buyers. All merchandising employees, as well as the advertising and analyst departments, will report to Place.

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