Michael Blumberg

Shining Stars in the Retail Arena by Collin Keefa and Natalie Hope McDonald Shelves don't fill themselves: It's an old adage, but a store's character is often determined by what it sells. This makes a buyer's job especially painstaking. Coupled with the pressure to get good deals, buying becomes as much an art as a vocation. According to Michael Blumberg, Tweeter's senior vice president of purchasing, "It's not enough to just be a buyer. Most buyers never communicate about how [a product] should be merchandised, or how it fits into the store." Blumberg defined the better buyer as one who can cover

By Janet Pinkerton Munch, munch, munch. That's the sound of Tweeter Home Entertainment Group devouring the nation's regional consumer electronics retailers. On June 1, Tweeter completed its purchase of SMK Marketing, which does business as Audio Video Systems with three locations (and a fourth on the way) in the Charlotte, N.C., market. Then today, June 4, Tweeter and Sound Advice reported they signed a merger agreement that is expected to be complete on or about Sept. 1, 2001. Jeffrey Stone, Tweeter's president and chief executive officers, contends that the addition of Sound Advice "firmly entrenches us as the nation's Number One speciality retailer. "With a store count expected

By Markkus Rovito Pass by the ticket booth, pick up some popcorn and plop down in the seat in the center of the aisle. Another night out at the cineplex? Try a night in your own private screening room instead. Electronic Interiors, a new store opened in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., by Sound Advice, Inc., can customize a state-of-the-art home cinema complete with theater-style seating, corn popper and ticket window, not to mention the most advanced audio and video home theater technology. Opened late 2000, the new store is not a traditional cash-and-carry outlet, but more of a showroom for top-of-the-line consumer

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