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Hooker names Watson merchandising VP

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Case goods and upholstery source Hooker Furniture has named Pat Watson vice president of merchandising.
     He will focus on product development of bedroom and dining room in the good and better segment of Hooker's product line and will report to Hank Long, senior vice president of merchandising.
    Watson has extensive merchandising experience in case goods, most recently as vice president of merchandising at Legacy Classic. Previously, he worked in merchandising roles at A.R.T. Furniture and Magnussen.
     "We're very pleased to attract a person of Pat's abilities to concentrate on growing our case goods business in this competitive part of the market," Long said in a press release. "Pat's background and proven track record will be a great asset, and his personality is a perfect fit for our organization."
     Cindy Hall, director of merchandising, will focus on the upper end of Hooker's dining and bedroom line, as well as the Mélange/Accent Furniture categories and the Work well home office line.
     Long will continue to develop the home office and home entertainment categories, both freestanding lines and within collections.
     "We're excited about the experience and complementary skills each of these merchants will bring to a team effort to grow our business across all price point and product lines," Long said.

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