BLOOMINGDALE’S EYES EXPANSION: Bloomingdale’s is considering opening a store in Atlanta. “It’s one of many areas that Federated is exploring,” said Michael Gould, Bloomingdale’s chairman and chief executive officer, responding to a report of an expansion into Atlanta. Bloomingdale’s, a division of Federated Department Stores, currently operates 23 stores. It’s possible that Bloomingdale’s will open a full-line or home store in Atlanta. On the agenda are opening home stores in Chicago and Las Vegas and full-line stores in San Francisco, Orlando, and Wayne and Bridgewater, N.J.
LIMITED NAMES GIRESI: The Limited Inc. on Tuesday promoted Mark Giresi to senior vice president of stores, a new position reporting to Len Schlesinger, executive vice president and chief operating officer. Giresi, formerly vice president of store operations, is now responsible for the performance of all 2,042 company stores and the sales force, including recruiting.
NO EARLY SHOW: E! Networks said late Tuesday that it will forgo its annual preshow and fashion review with Melissa and Joan Rivers at this Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards and revert to news coverage, out of “respect for the more sensitive tone of this year’s Emmy telecast.” The Rivers ladies will be back on the red carpet for the Golden Globe Awards in January. The network will broadcast a live preshow from 2 to 8 p.m. ET/(delayed PT) with “E! News Daily” anchors Steve Kmetko and Jules Asner. Following the awards telecast, it will air a one-hour postshow at 11 p.m., hosted by Melissa Rivers and Todd Newton.
‘NET CONSULTANT CUTS STAFF: Jupiter Media Metrix said it is slashing its workforce of roughly 650 people by 30 percent, eliminating about 195 positions at the high-profile, Silicon Alley-based Internet researcher and measurement service. The staff cuts, along with other unspecified expense reductions, are expected to lower JMM’s operating costs by $40 million annually.
ZENITH PRESIDENT: LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton said Wednesday that Thierry Nataf, chief executive officer of Zenith, the Swiss watch and precision movement maker acquired by the luxury conglomerate in 1999, will add the title of president on Jan. 1. As president, Nataf succeeds Francois Manfredini, who will become vice president in charge of watch movements at LVMH’s watch and jewelry division.