JumboSports Chair & CEO Stephen Bebis "resigned Monday
     after failing to lead the money-losing sporting goods chain
     to a promised turnaround," according to Kris Hundley of the
     ST. PETERSBURG TIMES.  Jack Bush, a retail consultant and
     member of JumboSports' Board of Directors, will replace
     Bebis.  Additionally, CFO Ray Springer has been promoted to
     acting President & COO (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/9). 
          DETAILS: The 85-store chain's "management upheaval"
     comes five days after it reported a 3Q loss of $45.8M and
     announced plans to "pull out of" the Atlanta, Houston and
     Detroit markets.  Also, third quarter sales in stores that
     have been open more than a year were down 5.4%.  Bebis, who
     joined JumboSports in early '96, could not be reached for
     comment.  The company's release did not offer details on his
     future plans (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/9).  
          ANY REMEDY? In Tampa, Aissatou Sidime reports that
     Springer plans to "fine tune" the merchandise in the
     company's stores and "increase marketing."  Springer said
     that he "expects to end the year with a total sales
     increase", but that sales at stores open more than a year
     "will probably fall" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/9). 

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