Beall's and Burke's Outlet Announce Retirement of President Conrad Szymanski

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Conrad Szymanski will retire from his position as President of Beall's and Burke's Outlet Stores. Effective October 1, 2012, Dave Alves will join Beall's and Burke's Outlet Stores as President.

Beall's, Inc. announced today that, effective October 5, 2012, Conrad Szymanski will retire from his position as President of Beall's and Burke's Outlet Stores.

Conrad joined Beall's in 1979 and has served over the last 33 years in roles too numerous to list. It is clear however that his intelligence, his business instincts and judgment, his immense capacity for work and his determined leadership in multiple areas of the business will leave an indelible mark on the history and success of both Beall's Department Stores and Beall's Outlet Stores.

Conrad has operated as a constant learner studying the customer, the competition and the marketplace relentlessly in order to craft strategic business plans - first for Beall's Department Stores and more recently for Beall's and Burke's Outlet. Those business plans touched all parts of the organizations and united the teams in a common purpose. Conrad delivered a remarkable 17 years of comparable store sales gains in his 12 years as Beall Department Store President and his 5 years as Beall’s Outlet Store President.

While he has not formally announced his plans for the future, he wants to spend more time with his family and he has hinted that he'll possibly launch a second career in a business other than retailing.

The Company also announced that, effective October 1, 2012, Dave Alves will join Beall's and Burke's Outlet Stores as President. Dave will report directly to Beall's, Inc. CEO Steve Knopik. Together with Senior VP and Chief Merchandising Officer, Tianne Doyle, and the other members of the Beall's Outlet leadership team, Dave's challenge will be to build upon the success that the Outlet has achieved over the last several years and to continue the profitable expansion of the business.

Dave hails from Canada and his career highlights include fourteen years with Hudson's Bay Company and seven years with TJX Companies. Most recently he was the President and CEO of Sterling Shoes, a Vancouver based footwear retail chain with 160 stores across Canada.

Knopik stated that ”Dave's breadth of experience, including the accelerated growth of the TK Maxx/Home Sense chain into Europe, his understanding of merchandising and his passion for the off-price business model make him a great choice for this important role."

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