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June 30, 1989 | NANCY YOSHIHARA
Builders Emporium, the Irvine-based home improvement chain, has named James T. McKitrick as its new president and chief executive. He succeeds acting president Ted W. Kazleman, who continues as executive vice president. Kazleman had assumed the presidency in April when Jack Edwards resigned as president and chief executive for personal reasons. The changes are effective immediately. McKitrick, 43, previously was executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Ames Department Stores and chairman of its Zayre Discount Stores.
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BUSINESS
June 30, 1989 | NANCY YOSHIHARA
Builders Emporium, the Irvine-based home improvement chain, has named James T. McKitrick as its new president and chief executive. He succeeds acting president Ted W. Kazleman, who continues as executive vice president. Kazleman had assumed the presidency in April when Jack Edwards resigned as president and chief executive for personal reasons. The changes are effective immediately. McKitrick, 43, previously was executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Ames Department Stores and chairman of its Zayre Discount Stores.
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BUSINESS
December 9, 1988 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
The new owners of Wickes Cos. took over Thursday as departing Chairman Sanford C. Sigoloff, star of the Builder's Emporium commercials, made a quiet exit from the company. Sigoloff, whose stern voice could be heard on radio commercials Thursday morning, resigned as chairman, chief executive and a director of the Santa Monica company he painstakingly rescued from bankruptcy only to see it sold to others.
BUSINESS
December 9, 1988 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
The new owners of Wickes Cos. took over Thursday as departing Chairman Sanford C. Sigoloff, star of the Builder's Emporium commercials, made a quiet exit from the company. Sigoloff, whose stern voice could be heard on radio commercials Thursday morning, resigned as chairman, chief executive and a director of the Santa Monica company he painstakingly rescued from bankruptcy only to see it sold to others.
BUSINESS
November 2, 1988 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
The New York buyers of Wickes Cos. said Tuesday that they expect to sell some or all of the Santa Monica company's retail operations, possibly including the Builders Emporium and Wickes Furniture chains. The disclosure is the latest in a rapid-fire round of changes surfacing in the week since the investment banking firms of Blackstone Group and Wasserstein Perella & Co. agreed to buy Wickes for $538.9 million in cash and stock.
BUSINESS
October 28, 1988 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
A Wickes Cos. internal memo disclosed Thursday that some of the 150 employees at its Santa Monica headquarters may lose their jobs after the first of the year when the firm is acquired by two New York investment companies. But it did not address the fate of workers at Wickes operating units. Meanwhile, the buyers visited Wickes' operations in Southern California and in San Jose to get acquainted with executives of various subsidiaries. Wickes Chairman Sanford C.
BUSINESS
October 27, 1988 | JANE W. APPLEGATE and NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writers
Wickes Cos., the Santa Monica owner of Builders Emporium that was the object of a failed management buyout, agreed on Wednesday to be acquired by two New York investment banking firms for about $538 million. Chairman Sanford C. Sigoloff, who stars in the company's "We Got the Message, Mr. Sigoloff" commercials, will stay on briefly and then leave the firm he brought out of bankruptcy three years ago, a company spokesman said.
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