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Black & Decker recalls trimmers/edgers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Black & Decker has voluntarily issued a recall on its Grasshog Trimmer/Edgers due to a laceration hazard from projectiles.

The recall pertains to about 202,000 units nationwide.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the trimmers’ spool, spool cap and pieces of trimmer string can come loose from the trimmer and become airborne projectiles. They can also overheat and cause burns.

Black & Decker has already received 707 incident reports from consumers, including 58 injuries. Most injuries were minor, including bruises, lacerations and welts. Two consumers received cuts to their legs that required medical treatment. There also were reports of property damage.

The electric powered trimmers retailed for about $70 and were sold nationwide from November 2005 to January 2007.

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Kmart launches Martha Stewart bed, bath decor line

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New York As part of a previously announced rebranding effort for Sears Holdings’ Kmart stores, the retailer introduced a new line of Martha Stewart bed and bath home decor items at a Manhattan store this week

The home goods area of the Astor Place Kmart store was roped off and labeled the “Bluelight District,” playing host to journalists and Sears Holdings representatives.

The day-long event highlighted a new line of higher quality Martha Stewart bed items, furnishings, decor, window treatments and other items.

A“Mr. Blue Light” mascot was on hand, further illustrating Kmart’s retro brand campaign to focus on its classic “Blue Light Special” in-store promotions. Additionally, the company introduced new house label “Abbey Hill” home decor items as part of the event.

Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings, which operates 3,800 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada.

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Tim-Br Marts names new vp-merchandise

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Canadian buying group Tim-Br Marts has named Randy Martin vp–merchandise.

Martin formerly served as director of hardlines and imports for Tim-Br Marts. In his new position, he will lead buying teams in the company’s Calgary, Mississauga and Halifax offices, and he will be overseeing all facets of vendor programs in purchasing.

Martin has worked in the retail lumber, building materials and hardware industry for 30 years, having served in positions at Home Depot and Totem Building Supplies.

Tim-Br Marts represents more than 600 member locations in Canada.

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