Chuck Turlinski has emerged as a top candidate to become the next chief executive of Goody’s Family Clothing, the Knoxville, Tenn.-based apparel, accessories and gift chain.

Turlinski last week resigned as ceo of the Limited Stores division of Limited Brands. Limited said Turlinski decided to pursue other opportunities, but didn’t specify.

A source said an employment deal could be ironed out this week. Goody’s officials could not be reached for comment.

Goody’s operates some 385 small department stores in 21 states, mainly in strip malls in the Southeast and Midwest. The chain sticks to smaller towns and caters to budget-minded shoppers seeking brands such as Dockers, Levi’s, Nike and Reebok. The chain reported nearly $1.3 billion in 2005 sales.

The 54-year-old chain was taken private in a $327 million buyout by GMM Capital and Prentice Capital Management in January 2006 and has since been revamping management. Isaac Dabah is acting ceo and ceo of GMM Capital. Before the buyout, Goody’s was closely associated with Robert Goodfriend, the former chairman and ceo. Recently, Mary P. Kwan became president of the chain, after heading up the merchandising and design efforts for the Roxy apparel line at Quiksilver. She previously held executive positions at Levi Strauss, Lane Bryant, Sears Roebuck and Mervyns.

This story first appeared in the January 18, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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