News came this week that Dress Barn Inc. has shaken things up, big time.
It has reorganized, changed its name toÂ Ascena Retail Group, Inc., and moved its corporate base from Suffern, N.Y. to Delaware where presumably the business climate is more agreeable.
So why should we care?
Thatâ€™s becauseÂ Dress Barn, Inc. â€” Ah, I mean Ascena Retail Group â€” is a leading national retailer of womenâ€™s, teen and preteen clothes with 2,487 stores. Itâ€™s the parent company of Dressbarn, Maurices and Justice store chains.
And — here’s really why we take note — Maurices is based in Duluth.
In a comment for the News Tribune, George Goldfarb, Mauricesâ€™ chief operating officer, was upbeat.
â€œItâ€™s exciting to be part of the new Ascena Retail Group, one of Americaâ€™s largest specialty stores,â€ he wrote. â€œIn addition, the Maurices team was very pleased with our holiday season comparable store sales performance, leading the group up 16 percent.â€
He was referring to the companyâ€™s recently reported holiday season tallies showing Maurices sales up 16 percent, leaving Dressbarn’s and Justiceâ€™s 4 percent increases in the dust.