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Boss quits after a year with QS

QS chief executive David Pidgeon left the value chain last week just 12 months after joining the business.
Pidgeon is believed to have clashed with Indian owner Alok over the future strategy of QS, which is in the process of being rebranded to Store 21.
Pidgeon was promoted to chief executive from trading director in October, and had been testing a new shopfit and rejigging the store portfolio.

Findlay Caldwell, vice chairman and chief executive of the company’s European division, will assume Pidgeon’s UK responsibilities.

Caldwell said it was “business as usual” at QS and added that the business had designed a second more radical shopfit for its Store 21 concept which it will launch in May.

He said: “We converted 24 stores to Store 21 in October and November. They are doing pretty well but we feel they could do a lot better. The design is very different. It aims to broaden our appeal and bring us to slightly younger, more fashionable customers.”

The revamped shopfit will debut at a new 8,000sq ft store in Pitsea near Basildon in Essex in May. A 4,000sq ft unit will open in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk later in the month and the 2,000sq ft Solihull site will be refitted at the same time. Caldwell said: “The three stores cover the span of our estate.”

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