CANADA PROMOTED: Specialty retailer Chico’s FAS promoted Sher Canada to senior vice president-Chico’s stores, effective immediately. Canada, whose prior title was vice president-Chico’s stores, has an extensive background in sales and currently oversees field sales and visual organizations at the company’s 450-plus Chico’s stores as well as its 10-store intimate apparel test concept called Soma by Chico’s. Canada first joined Fort Myers, Fla.-based Chico’s in 1996 as regional sales manager, which was followed by a promotion to national sales manager. Prior to being vice president-Chico’s, Canada was vice president-national sales director. Canada has more than 25 years in the retail business, including management positions at Brooks Fashions, The Limited (now Limited Brands), Wet Seal and Motherhood Maternity.
SIMONIN EXITS HARRODS: The management merry-go-round at Harrods continues to whirl. Richard Simonin has left his post as chief executive officer of Harrods 18 months after joining the company, a Harrods spokesman has confirmed. Simonin, who reported directly to Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed, had previously served on the Escada AG supervisory board. Simonin had replaced Max Rigelman, who left his post in April 2003 after just two months on the job. Eric Decouvelaere, Harrods’ retail strategy and organization director who joined Harrods at the same time as Simonin, has also left the company. Decouvelaere was previously deputy purchasing director at Printemps. The spokesman declined to comment on the departures, and the company has not yet announced who will replace the two executives.
IN DEVELOPMENT: Taubman Centers will take a 30 percent stake in The Pier at Caesars in Atlantic City, a four-level upscale retail and restaurant complex being developed by Gordon Group Holdings LLC. The developers also agreed to collaborate on future projects similar to The Pier and entertainment-related retail projects that are not anchored by department stores. The Pier, a $175 million project, is slated to open in early 2006. It will be connected to the Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, and adjacent to Bally’s/Wild Wild West Casinos. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tourneau, Tommy Bahama, Vilebrequin and Hugo Boss are among the brands and retailers that have signed on.