NORTH STAR: Alan M. Beam has been named president and chief executive officer of Woolworth Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Woolworth Corp.
Beam succeeds Frederick E. Hennig, who has been Woolworth Canada's acting vice chairman and ceo, as well as president and chief operating officer of the parent company. Hennig continues his role at Woolworth Corp., and Beam reports to him. The company is reorganizing its operations in Canada, after it sold 122 Woolco stores there this year to Wal-Mart. Woolworth operates 1,200 specialty stores in Canada under such names as Northern Traditions, Northern Reflexions, Northern Getaway, Kinney Shoes, Champs Sports, Randy River, The Bargain Shop and Weekend Edition.
Beam was most recently senior vice president of specialty apparel for Woolworth Canada, where he has spent his entire 29-year career.
BLACK TIE AT WAL-MART: Wal-Mart Stores said NationsMart Corp., a provider of dry cleaning, laundry and shoe repair services in Wal-Mart and Kmart Supercenters throughout the U.S., will roll out its formalwear program to existing and future NationsMart Centers located in Wal-Mart Supercenters.
NationsMart began a pilot program to provide a full line of formalwear sales and rental services in two of its 57 S'mart Centers in Wal-Mart locations last March. The formalwear centers are currently being rolled out to the approximately 30 Wal-Mart units that can accommodate them. NationsMart, with headquarters in St. Louis, operates its service centers in leased locations within retail supercenters nationwide. It also operates 20 SK Centers in Super Kmart Centers.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
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