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NEW YORK — Jack Hruska, who has been instrumental is setting the design and visual elements of Bloomingdale’s stores around the country, has been promoted to the chain’s parent, Federated Department Stores Inc., as divisional vice president of store planning and design.

Federated said Tuesday that starting Feb. 1, Hruska will manage the store planning and design function for all its divisions and will report to Rudy Javosky, the retailer’s senior vice president of store planning, architecture, construction and engineering. Hruska succeeds Scott Meyer, Federated divisional vice president of store planning and design, who will retire at the end of January, concluding a 40-year career in department store design. Meyer rejoined Federated in 1993 after stints with May Co., as well as the former Carter Hawley Hale and Abraham & Straus department stores.

Hruska said he’ll be involved in “strategic planning to find ways to invigorate Macy’s stores. We’ll be redesigning the Macy stores as the brand goes national.” Federated is in the process of converting all of its non-Bloomingdale’s stores to the Macy’s name by dropping its regional nameplates. Hruska’s crowning achievement at Bloomingdale’s was just last spring, when the store’s unit in SoHo here opened. The site blends the contemporary elements of Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship, such as the checkerboard marble B-way, plasma screens and advanced denim and sportswear departments, with the historic character of the two 1862 brick factory buildings that make up the SoHo store.

But he’s had other challenging conversions, including transforming the Medinah Temple in Chicago into a Bloomingdale’s home store and changing mainstream Stern’s units into upscale environments.

“Jack is unique. He’s enormously creative and thinks out of the box, but he balances that with practicality, financial concerns, and understanding what it takes to do business,” said Michael Gould, chairman of Bloomingdale’s, which did not name a successor to Hruska.

 Javosky said in a statement that Hruska’s design work at Bloomingdale’s “has demonstrated his creative ability to compose a unique vision of architectural motifs which enhance the merchandise presentation and shopping experience.” Hruska will be based at Federated headquarters in Cincinnati, but traveling extensively.

This story first appeared in the January 12, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

At Bloomingdale’s, Hruska was senior vice president of store design and visual presentation. He joined Bloomingdale’s in 1992 as vice president of visual merchandise presentation. Hruska started his career at Bullock’s in 1972 as display director.