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A.C. Moore Launches Handcrafted Marketplace

A.C. Moore has launched a handmade marketplace for artists and makers. The A.C. Moore Marketplace is a connection between the company and creative entrepreneurs, and was developed to help them sell handmade creations worldwide.

Retail
Survey: Parents Ready To Spend As Back-To-School Begins

Promocodes.com surveyed 2,000 American parents as this back-to-school season began, and the deals facilitator asserted that 99.3% of the K to 12 parents surveyed plan to do some kind of back-to-school shopping with the average spend per child at $221.24.

Executive Profile
Jill Soltau, J.C. Penney

Before joining J.C. Penney, Jill Soltau was CEO of Joann Stores, a specialty retailer of fabrics and crafting supplies with about 850 stores across the United States. When it announced her hiring, the retailer emphasized that she helped reinvigorate the Joann brand and improved its market position by taking a consumer-oriented approach to determine and deliver compelling assortments.

Other
A Critical Year For People Watching

HomeWorld’s People To Watch selections each year (August 19 issue) typically include executives in newly appointed leadership posts. But never in the 14-year history of this special annual edition has the group been filled with so many recently installed heads of major housewares and retailing operations.

Executive Profile
Lee Bird, At Home

Lee Bird joined At Home about seven years ago and led the company from its incarnation as Garden Ridge into a more home decor-oriented retail concept focused closely on shopper preferences as they exist and evolve.

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