SEARS HEADLINERS: Arthur Martinez, chairman and chief executive officer, and John Costello, senior vice president of the Sears Merchandising Group, will deliver the keynote address at the 43rd Annual Retail Advertising Conference in Chicago, Feb. 8-11.
The event is sponsored by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association International and will be held at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.
Martinez and Costello will discuss “Reaching the Moving Target Through Creative Planning.”
Other retailers and executives from advertising agencies and consulting firms, speaking at general sessions and smaller seminars, will address ways to cut through clutter to reach customers and build loyalty.
Movie critic Gene Siskel will give his “thumbs up” to the winners of the 1994 retail advertising awards, to be announced at a dinner during the conference.
In other Sears news, the retailer plans to reopen its Flatbush store in Brooklyn with a two-day celebration on Nov. 11-12. The store is at 2307 Beverly Rd. Sears is midway through a remodeling program involving 500 of its units.
Sears reportedly is on the lookout for other space in the New York area. Rumors keep surfacing that the company is exploring the site of Abraham & Straus at A&S Plaza in Manhattan, but Sears executives remain mum about that.

A NEW VP SLOT: Paul Harris Stores has added the post of vice president of logistics in an effort to strengthen its management team and flow of goods. Gary P. Nagle, a logistics and transportation executive, has joined the company to fill the new slot. He reports to vice chairman and president Charlotte Fischer, who also becomes chief executive officer in January. Nagle was director of transportation at Claire’s Boutiques, Wood Dale, Ill., where he worked since 1986. He was with Consolidated Railways, a railroad company, from 1980 to 1986.
At Paul Harris, he will be responsible for research and strategies to effect efficient merchandise flow to the company’s 239 Paul Harris, Pasta and $5-$10-$15-$20 Place stores.

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