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Staedtler announces merger of U.S., Canada operations

BY Allison Cerra

CHATSWORTH, Calif. A new, consolidated organization of Staedtler will emerge by the end of this year, the company’s division presidents and CEOs announced.

By merging the United States and Canada operations, Staedtler Inc. will have a combined division called Staedtler North America.

The company manufactures writing instruments, including highlighters, mechanical drawing instruments and more.

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The Jack Lemmon Collection to premiere June 9

BY Allison Cerra

CULVER CITY, Calif. A legendary actor is being immortalized in a six-disc DVD collection.

America’s Everyman Jack Lemmon, whose career spanned half a century, is being honored by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with “The Jack Lemmon Film Collection”, in partnership with Chris Lemmon, Jack’s son and biographer.

Lemmon’s place in film history is firmly established, as evidenced by his being voted the 33rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly and the 45th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.

This six-disc boxed set features five classic performances on DVD for the first time, from the gifted two-time Academy Award winner for Save the Tiger (1973) and Mister Roberts (1955). The set includes Phffft! featuring Kim Novak; Operation Mad Ball, featuring the film debut of Ernie Kovacs; The Notorious Landlady featuring Fred Astaire; Under the Yum Yum Tree and Good Neighbor Sam. All of the featured films are unrated.

In addition, the bonus materials include a two-part documentary hosted by Chris Lemmon, featuring intimate interviews with friends, fans, and colleagues, including Kevin Spacey, Andy Garcia and Shirley MacLaine; and photographs from the life and work of Jack Lemmon. The collection also includes the Ford Television Theatre’s “Marriageable Male” episode starring Jack Lemmon.

The “Jack Lemmon Film Collection” will be available for a suggest retail price of $59.95.

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Costco halts home furnishing store experiment

BY Alaric DeArment

ISSAQUAH, Wash. Costco Wholesale Corp. will close its two Costco Home stores, the retailer announced Thursday.

The company will close the stores, in Kirkland, Wash., and Tempe, Ariz., on July 3.

“Costco Home has been a valuable experiment for us,” CEO Jim Sinegal stated. “We provided a competitive home furnishings alternative to our members in two locations and learned a great deal about home furnishings in the process. The current economic slowdown and resulting weakness in the home furnishings business inparticular have led us to conclude that the single-format Costco Home concept does not fit into our long-term expansion plans.”

Employees at the two stores will be offered opportunities to work at Costco warehouses, the company said.

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