SPIRO NAMED SR. VP, MANAGER OF BLOOMINGDALE’S FLAGSHIP
NEW YORK — Stephen Spiro, a Bloomingdale’s veteran skilled in operations and merchandising, has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager of the 59th Street flagship.
Spiro, formerly Bloomingdale’s senior regional manager of stores for the Northeast region, has been succeeded by Pat Chadwick, who was vice president of the Bloomingdale’s branch in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
“The impact of the flagship is enormous,” said Michael Gould, Bloomingdale’s chairman and chief executive, in underscoring the key role Spiro moves into.
Reportedly, the flagship posts $500 million in annual sales. It has just under 500,000 square feet of selling space and is undergoing extensive renovations.
Gould also played up Chadwick’s new post, adding that regional managers have more significant jobs since Bloomingdale’s began in the early Nineties to devote more attention and resources to the branches in an attempt to bring more of the flavor of the flagship to the units.
Spiro started at Bloomingdale’s in 1964 and held merchandising assignments until leaving the chain in 1977. He returned in 1983 as vice president and general manager of the Willow Grove, Pa., store, moving up through various posts to his most recent job in 1991.
Spiro succeeds David Fisher, who shifted to handling men’s and children’s wear, as reported.
“Steve balances an enormous passion for the merchandise with enormous compassion for people,” Gould said.