CFO SPLITS KMART: Thomas F. Murasky, 50, has resigned as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kmart Corp. "to pursue other career interests," the company said Monday.
Kmart said it has launched a search to fill the position. Marvin P. Rich, executive vice president of strategic planning, finance and administration, will serve as chief financial officer on an interim basis.
Murasky, who reported to Rich, has been with the company for 22 years.
His resignation is effective Sept. 30. He was named chief financial officer in 1986.
Separately, Kmart and Malan Realty Investors Inc. agreed to terms on the termination of leases for five closed Kmart stores with a total of 215,000 square feet. The leases would have expired between 2000 and 2002.

WIDE AWAKE IN SEATTLE: Fred Meyer Inc., the leading supercenter operator in the Pacific Northwest, will open four new stores and remodel three others as part of a $170 million capital commitment to the Puget Sound area of Washington in 1995-96.
Two of the stores, a 174,000-square-foot unit in Renton and a 124,000-square-foot store in Lake City, open today.
"We are investing for the long haul to maintain our position as the dominant retailer," Robert G. Miller, chairman and ceo, said in a statement Monday.
Earlier, the 133-store general merchandise chain reported a 44.4 percent decline in second-quarter profits to $10.7 million, or 38 cents a share. Sales gained 5.2 percent to $775.8 million.
"Apparel continues to be a tough area for us," Miller said in a telephone conference call. "We really are narrowing our focus to more casual looks and more branded basics."

RECRUITING DRIVE: Tapping into the department store ranks once again, Bradlees Inc. has named Susan Swanger as vice president, store design and visual presentation, a new post.
Swanger was visual merchant liaison for men's and children's wear at the Rich's/Lazarus/Goldsmiths division of Federated Department Stores.
At Bradlees, she is responsible for softlines and hardlines presentations, point-of-sale signage and packaging, store presentation and store design. She reports to George Bruce, senior vice president, marketing, store design and visual presentation.STOCK ACTION: Shares of Caldor Corp. bounced back a bit on Tuesday, closing at 5 5/8, up 1/2, on the New York Stock Exchange.
Caldor's shares have lost about 70 percent of their value since June 30 amid concern about possible financing troubles. Caldor operates 166 discount stores in the Northeast.

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