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Belk department stores finds a fit for empty CEO seat


Charlotte, N.C. – Just a little more than three months since Belk’s last CEO departed abruptly, the regional department store has now filled the role.

Belk department stores

Don Hendricks

Today, the company – which generated just under $100 million in home textiles sales last year – announced the promotion of Don Hendricks to chief executive officer. He had been serving as interim CEO since last May, when Nir Patel left to join GameStop. Hendricks previously served as president and chief operating officer.

Last month, Belk filed suit against Patel and GameStop for “deceptive practices” and allegedly poaching Belk employees.

Hendricks joined Belk in 2016 as COO, later assuming responsibilities for stores in 2019. As president and COO, he spearheaded the company’s initiatives to enhance its omnichannel capabilities and was instrumental in leading the company through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining Belk, Hendricks held senior leadership positions at Gymboree, Hot Topic and Torrid, including chief information officer and COO.

“”Through my work with Belk’s board, leadership team and talented associates, I believe the company is well positioned to build on its current momentum and achieve success now and in the future,” he said. “Together, we will capitalize on the demand for great products at great prices, which Belk has long been known for, all while maintaining our unwavering  to customers and communities.”

Lisa Harper, a member of the Belk board of directors, described Hendricks as a proven leader dedicated great products and customer experience

“His passion shines through in all that he does, and we are grateful he will assume the role of CEO at this exciting time for the company,” she added.

The privately held department store retailer operates nearly 300 Belk stores in 16 southeastern states.

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