SFA VP: Saks Fifth Avenue has promoted Jaqueline Lividini to vice president of public relations, a post previously held by Helen O’Hagan, who retired last April. Lividini was director of corporate public relations. She joined Saks in 1981 as assistant fashion and public relations director in the Houston store, and held positions of increasing responsibility with Saks in New York until assuming her most recent post in April.

BREAKING NEW GROUND: Jacobson’s Stores Inc. will open an 80,000-square-foot store in Boca Raton, Fla., next fall, in the Mizner Park mixed-use development.

Construction of the two-level unit is expected to begin in the spring. Jacobson’s, based in Jackson, Mich., also plans to open a 120,000-square-foot unit near Kansas City, Kan., next fall. A store opened last month in Louisville, Ky.

MACY’S MAN OF HONOR: For supporting the fight against breast cancer, Macy’s West chairman and chief executive Michael Steinberg was honored with the Spirit of Life Award at the annual City of Hope National Medical Center retail gala here last month. The event raised $1.5 million for research, drew 1,300 industry executives and marked the establishment of the Michael Steinberg Breast Cancer Research Fellowship at City of Hope.

BUYING OFFICER BEEF-UP: The Doneger Group has named Marvin Goldstein, formerly a general merchandise manager with Certified Fashion Guild, merchandise manager of outerwear for its Price Point Buying off-price division.

Tamara Tullman has been named buyer of accessories, sleepwear, swimwear and licensed products for the Doneger Kids division.

The company has appointed JoAnn La Sala Alkes buyer for petite dresses.

BOOTED OUT OF RETIREMENT: Wayne Badovinus, a former Eddie Bauer chief executive officer, has been “coaxed” out of retirement by Acme Boot Co., where he has been named president and chief operating officer, an Acme spokeswoman said. Badovinus succeeds Michael Vogel, who left Aug. 31; he reports to Richard C. Lappin, ceo.

Badovinus, 51, retired from Eddie Bauer in 1992. He oversaw Bauer’s expansion from 39 to 250 stores during his five years there. Acme, based in Clarksville, Tenn., manufactures boots, belts, socks and accessories under the brand names Acme, Dingo, Dan Post and Lucchese.

ANTI-TAKEOVER TACTIC: Ames Department Stores Inc. has adopted a poison pill to fight against hostile takeovers, though Joseph R. Ettore, president and ceo, says “the company is not aware of any effort, hostile or otherwise, to acquire control of the company.”

He added, “This shareholder rights plan represents a sound and reasonable means of safeguarding the interests of stockholders.” Hills Department Stores Inc. and Younkers Inc., which rejected a takeover bid from Carson Pirie Scott & Co., also recently adopted poison pills.


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