Anthropologie store. London, England, Britain.Anthropologie store at 158 Regent street - London, Britain - 23 Oct 2009

Urban Outfitters is shaking up its senior leadership team.

The retailer, which includes Anthropologie, Free People and a food division, in addition to its namesake brand in the company’s broader portfolio, said Tuesday that Andrew Carnie, president of Home, Garden and International at the Anthropologie Group will leave the company April 26. Carnie, who has been with Urban Outfitters for six years, will return to his native U.K.

In a statement released by the company, Urban Outfitters chief executive officer and chairman Richard Hayne thanked Carnie for his service.  

“Under his leadership, Home category sales doubled, the brand launched a Home wholesale business and Anthropologie opened its first two stores in continental Europe,” Hayne said.

The company’s stock, which closed up 0.8 percent to $29.31 a share Tuesday, is down more than 28 percent year-over-year. Shares briefly shot up last month after the company released results from an especially lucrative quarter, improving on both top and bottom lines.

But the gains were mostly felt online. In fact, the uptick in revenues were offset by negative same-store sales in brick-and-mortar locations, while sales in the wholesale channel rose only 3 percent during the quarter.

By brand, in the retail segment, Free People and Urban were both up 4 percent, with Anthropologie up 2 percent. The company, which has more than 600 brick-and-mortar locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe across all three brands, said it would close 13 locations in 2019.

Some investors worry that sales at the company might be in deceleration mode. Haynes didn’t help tame investor fears during the March conference call when he said same-store sales at all three brands for the year would likely be flat or slightly negative.

The company did not respond to requests for further comments, but added in the press release that Hillary Super, global president of Anthropologie, will pick up Carnie’s duties while continuing to oversee the women’s apparel and accessories categories, as well as the BHLDN bridal business.

Super has been with the brand for two years, recently helping to launch the new A+ apparel line for plus-size women.

“I believe Anthropologie continues to have amazing opportunities for growth and with Hillary as [the] leader, I believe those opportunities will be realized,” Hayne added in the statement.

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