• CHARLOTTE’S NEW MERCHANT: Charlotte Russe Holding said its president and chief merchandising officer, Harriet Sustarsic, would resign. It named Donna Desrosiers to the newly created position of executive vice president and general merchandising manager for the CR chain. Desrosiers previously served as general merchandise manager at Canadian companies that operate in junior women’s fashion, including Ricki’s, a division of Comark/ARG, and Suzy Shier Inc., a specialty retailer of over 240 locations. The company said Sustarsic is leaving to spend more time with her family. Mark Hoffman, chief executive, said in a statement, “CR is extremely appreciative of how Harriet’s efforts helped transform the company from a regional operator of 35 stores into a national retailer with more than 300 stores over the past seven years.”

  • QUEENS OF QUEENS: Who’s the next face of Queens? The Queens Center will hold an open casting call Friday and Saturday to find the faces and personalities that best represent the borough. Winners will appear in an ad campaign promoting the expanded shopping mall. The ad campaign, “Grow Your Own Way,” aims to capture the spirit behind the modernization of the Queens Center, which will be expanded to nearly 1 million square feet with more than 100 additional retailers. Phase one of the opening is scheduled for March. The stars of the campaign will be announced the week of Oct. 6. Auditions take place on the Concourse Level of the Queens Center on Friday, from 6 to 9 a.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Queens Center is owned by The Macerich Co.

  • GEHRY’S TIME: Architect Frank Gehry is adding his name to the watch arena under a new licensing agreement with Fossil Inc. The 10-piece debut collection includes women’s and men’s styles in materials such as titanium and leather, and the numbers and hands on the dial are original reproductions of Gehry’s handwriting. Set to hit department, specialty and museum stores this October, the watches carry an average retail price of about $105. Fossil, which also makes watches for brands including Burberry, Emporio Armani and DKNY, declined to give sales projections.

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