JONES LEAVES GOODY’S: Max Jones, executive vice president, merchandising at Goody’s Family Clothing, has resigned. Fred Mershad, president and chief merchandising officer, will take over direct responsibility for the leadership of the merchandise organization. Goody’s, the 367-unit chain based in Knoxville, Tenn., sells moderately priced family apparel.
DONEGER GETS ROMAN: Renee Roman has joined The Doneger Group, the New York-based fashion and retailing consulting company, as market specialist for contemporary sportswear. She succeeds Lauren Pestronk, who left the company. Most recently, Roman was a senior market editor for contemporary and junior sportswear at Seventeen magazine. Earlier, she held editorial posts at Self and Cosmopolitan. At Doneger, Roman will report to Kathy Bradley-Riley, senior vice president, who oversees the company’s women’s sportswear, men’s wear and children’s wear divisions.
CLOSING TIME ON REGENT STREET: Dickins and Jones, part of the House of Fraser and one of London’s oldest department stores, is to close in January after 150 years in business. The closure is due to a rise in rent after a review in May 2002, when rent rose to about $8.2 million a year at current exchange from approximately $457,000 annually, which seriously dented the store’s profits, House of Fraser said in a statement. The assignment of the lease on the Dickins and Jones store will create a one-off cash benefit of about $7.3 million for House of Fraser. The site on Regent Street is to be leased to property firms Shearer Property Group and Delancey Estates Limited, who plan to develop the site into smaller retail units, as well as office and residential units. Dickins and Jones stores will remain open in Epsom and Richmond in the south of England.