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Sears Hometown Taps Mike McCarthy

Former Sears, Macy’s and Pep Boys exec Mike McCarthy was named merchandising and inventory VP at Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores.

In his new role, McCarthy — the first major appointment of recently named CEO Will Powell — will be the point man for product selection and assortment planning strategy; inventory management and productivity; product and visual merchandising; product marketing and awareness strategies; promotional design; and vendor relationships and support.

He most recently served as VP of Pep Boys’ store operations and administration, and before that was executive VP of Macy’s north region.

He spent 29 years at Sears, including a stint as senior VP with responsibility for the Hometown, Outlet and other Sears’ specialty chains. He left in 2011 as senior VP and general manager of the company’s eponymous flagship stores.

The Sears Holdings spinoff operates 1,215 stores in all 50 states. The chain is the fifth-largest majap retailer in the land, generating $1.6 billion in white-goods revenue last year, according to TWICE’s Top 50 Major Appliance Retailers Report.