Anna's Linens Hires New Merchandise Manager

Oct 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from Anna's Linens

    COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Anna's Linens, the value
 leader in fashions for the home, today announced the hiring of Steve
 Delbello as Vice President Merchandise and Divisional Merchandise Manager,
 effective October 29, 2007. Delbello will oversee Bath, Windows, Kitchen,
 and Decorative Accessories and will report to Carie Doll, SVP of
 Merchandise and Marketing and General Merchandise Manager. He joins Anna's
 Linens from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, where he was a Divisional Merchandise
 Manager overseeing Window Coverings, Decorative Accessories, and Framed
 Art. Prior to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, he was in the buying department of JC
 Penney. Delbello graduated with a BBA in Marketing and Management from Kent
     "Steve brings to Anna's Linens many years of experience with two
 leading retailers in our industry," said Alan Gladstone, President and CEO.
 "His knowledge and ability will be great assets for Anna's Linens as we
 continue toward our goal of having 1000 stores."
     Delbello joins a strong merchant team which is in the midst of a
 record-setting year. Our two senior buyers Peggie Galvin and Sheri Smith
 will now report to Delbello. Kevin Mclain, VP Merchandise and Divisional
 Merchandise Manager, will continue to oversee Sheets, Basic Bedding, and
 Fashion Bedding. John Partington, our Senior Buyer will continue to report
 to Mclain.
     Carie Doll, SVP of Merchandise and Marketing, said, "Steve is a key
 hire for us. He will bring best-of breed thinking to our Company, which
 will make us stronger as we position ourselves for a tremendous growth run.
 We are delighted to attract someone of Steve's caliber and talents. We will
 continue to add to our world class merchandise team."
     Delbello will be relocating to Southern California with his wife,
 Stephanie, and their two children.
     Anna's Linens is the value leader in fashions for the home and is
 recognized as one of the fastest growing retail concepts in the country.
 The company was founded in 1988 by its current president and chief
 executive officer, Alan Gladstone, and was named after Alan's mother Anna.
 Anna's currently operates over 250 stores in 19 states, with over 2200
 employees and in excess of $300 million in revenues. Anna's corporate
 office is based in Costa Mesa, California

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