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Target collaborates with ‘Project Runway’ designer on Halloween wigs

BY Alaric DeArment

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Target is offering a limited-time assortment of wigs in collaboration with designer Chris March — as well as costumes for kids and pets, and accessories for adults — as part of its Halloween offering this year, the mass-merchandise retailer said.

"Halloween is such a fun time of year for kids and kids at heart," Target Canada SVP merchandising John Morioka said. "We want our Canadian guests to know that Target is the wallet-friendly destination for Halloween this year."

The retailer teamed up with March, a fashion and costume designer and former contestant on "Project Runway," to create the exclusive line of wigs. March designed the wigs based on his experience as a costume designer, including "Geisha," "Greaser," "Starlet," "Witch," "Medusa," "Monster Bride," "Mohawk" and "Afro." Wigs are priced at $20 or less.

 

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Dollar General, Unilever present grants totaling $72,500 to more than two dozen Charlotte-area schools

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General, in partnership with Unilever, concluded the seventh annual "Reading Puts You on the Track to Victory" reading program last week by presenting grants totaling $72,500 to more than two dozen Charlotte-area elementary schools. The grants were presented to school leaders during pre-race ceremonies at the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11. 

"This program is an innovative way to encourage young students to develop a love of reading, which is so important to their success in school and in life," stated Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO Dollar General. "Encouraging children to read and providing literacy grants to Charlotte-area schools exemplifies our mission of serving others. It’s rewarding to see so many children achieve the high goals they set for themselves by spending more time reading."

David Tehle, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief financial officer (middle) and Krees Kruythoff, Unilever North America’s President (right) present a check for $72,500 to Charlotte-area educators in pre-race ceremonies at the Dollar General 300 as part of the Reading Puts You on the Track to Victory program. (Photo: Business Wire)

The program encourages students to read outside the classroom and achieve reading goals. More than 6,000 students from 28 local schools read for more than 2.8 million minutes. Each participating school received a $2,500 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Over the past seven years, the program has awarded more than $350,000 to 40 Charlotte-area schools.

All participating schools received a collection of favorite childhood books from Dollar General and Unilever NASCAR drivers, and were eligible for other prizes. By averaging 285 minutes read, Ashley Park PreK-8 School won a driver read-aloud featuring Dollar General NASCAR drivers Matt Kenseth and Brian Vickers. All children who met or exceeded their grade-level reading goals received a racing-themed prize. Jackson Kessler, a first-grader at Royal Oaks Elementary School, read more than 1,170 minutes and was this year’s grand prize winner, earning a special VIP experience at the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300. He also received a collection of autographed books from Kenseth and Vickers, as well as Unilever NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Regan Smith. 

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Jason Reiser takes on SVP/lead merchandising officer role at Family Dollar

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Jason Reiser has been elevated to the role of SVP/lead merchandising officer at Family Dollar, Drug Store News has learned. "In this role, Jason will have executive responsibility for leading cohesive merchandising strategy and execution," noted company president and COO Mike Bloom. "Jason has already made a positive impact since joining Family Dollar in July. In this new role, he will use his strong team leadership experience and his extensive discount retail background with Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club to drive our continued success."

Tammy DeBoer, SVP food and private brands, and Holly Shaskey-Platek, SVP apparel, home and general merchandise, will report to Reiser. Rick Siliakus, VP household products, and Jim Trappani, VP health and beauty aids, will continue to report to Reiser. 

Reiser will report to Bloom.

Additionally, to further evolve the company’s global sourcing capabilities, the global sourcing organization will align under the executive direction of Holly Shaskey-Platek. Jennifer Warner, VP global sourcing, will report to Shaskey-Platek.

Reiser came to Family Dollar in July from Sam’s Club, where he spent more than 17 years in a variety of roles, including, most recently, VP merchandising, health and family care. Reiser holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University.

 

 

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