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Jane Norman buying boss heads to Bank

Bank, the JD Sports Fashion-owned young fashion chain, has appointed Chanda Pandya as director of buying, replacing Andy Scott, who stepped down as buying director last month.

Pandya, previously head of buying at women’s young fashion chain Jane Norman, joined Bank this week and will be responsible for all buying decisions. She reports to Bank managing director Peter Alecock.

Scott, who founded Bank in 1994 but no longer has a stake in the business after selling it to JD Sports Fashion for £18.5m in 2007, is working with Pandya as a consultant during a handover period.

Bank, which sells brands such as Firetrap, Fenchurch and Superdry, operates 75 stores and plans to open three more by Christmas. A store in Mersey Retail Park, Merseyside, will open this week, followed by a shop in Lakeside, Kent, and a pre-Christmas opening in Blackburn.

Jane Norman declined to comment on whether Pandya will be replaced.

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