Maurices top merchant, Lisa Rhodes, is leaving the Duluth, Minn.-based chain on Jan. 22 for a new job, WWD has learned.

This story first appeared in the January 11, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Rhodes holds the title of executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of Maurices, where she has worked for 11 years. Along with George Goldfarb, chief operating officer, Rhodes was instrumental in turning the business around and integrating it into Dress Barn Inc., which purchased Maurices in 2005.

Maurices, with more than 700 stores, caters to a fashion-conscious customer with a twentysomething attitude living in small town America.

“If it had to happen, this is a good time because the merchant team at Maurices is so strong,” said a spokeswoman for Dress Barn Inc.

Rhodes would not disclose her new assignment, other than saying it’s in the New York area.

Dress Barn Inc., which also operates the Dress Barn and Justice chains, confirmed Rhodes will be leaving the corporation.

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