NEW YORK — Sherry Andrus has joined Gadzooks Inc., the Dallas-based women’s specialty chain, as general merchandise manager.

Andrus succeeds Troy Myers, who has left the firm. He joined Gadzooks this summer as it was beginning its transition to all-junior apparel, accessories and footwear following years as a teen-oriented men’s and women’s apparel operation.

Most recently, Andrus spent nine years with May Department Stores Co. where her most latest post was divisional merchandise manager of junior apparel at the Famous-Barr division.

Earlier in her career, she held buying and merchandising posts with Macy’s West, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Lazarus division of Federated Department Stores.

“We are looking forward to the positive contributions that Sherry will undoubtedly bring to the Gadzooks team,” said Paula Masters, president and chief merchandising officer, to whom Andrus reports. “Sherry brings with her a great deal of experience in the junior market, as well as exceptional leadership and management skills. Her talent and expertise are certain to complement the future growth and success of Gadzooks.”

Masters and her team face a formidable challenge as they attempt to reposition Gadzooks as a destination store for young women. The firm has mounted an aggressive marketing program to lure customers, and initiated a number of exclusive merchandising agreements with brands including Dollhouse and Von Dutch, but comparable-store sales have continued to slide, dropping 32.5 percent in September and 33.6 percent in August.

In the quarter ended Aug. 2, just as its merchandising transformation was beginning, the firm lost $7.9 million, less than analysts had expected, as sales fell 10.7 percent to $68.5 million.

With a presence in 41 states, Gadzooks operates 411 stores under the Gadzooks banner and an additional three under the Orchid nameplate.

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