Charleston-based retailer Palmetto Moon selects Pennell as new president

By Ashley Barker
Published June 26, 2014

Palmetto Moon, a Charleston-based gift and apparel retail company, has promoted its director of stores to president of the nine-store chain.

John Pennell will replace former President Eric Holzer, who relocated to Houston as a senior-level consultant for the company, Palmetto Moon chairman and CEO Robert Webster said in a news release.

John Pennell was promoted from director of stores to president of Palmetto Moon. (Photo/Palmetto Moon)
John Pennell was promoted from director of stores to president of Palmetto Moon. (Photo/Palmetto Moon)
Pennell will oversee all company operations including merchandising, marketing, purchasing and development, the release said.

“I’ve known John for 20 years, and we recruited him to join Palmetto Moon three years ago to help with the company’s expansion throughout South Carolina,” Webster said in a statement. “Since then, he has traveled to all the stores weekly and really elevated our merchandising to give all of the stores a branded uniformity.”

Pennell worked at Charlotte-based J.B. Ivey and Co. from 1974 to 1990 in positions such as men’s buyer, divisional merchandising manager, senior vice president and general merchandising manager.

He went on to work in management at Belk and Stein Mart before moving to Palmetto Moon.

“It has been a great experience over the past few years working with such an incredible team and family here at Palmetto Moon. With the continual developments, including the addition of our brand new Columbia store and expansion of our current Myrtle Beach store, it is an honor to be president of the company in this great time of development,” Pennell said in a statement.

Palmetto Moon operates stores in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, Florence, Myrtle Beach, Bluffton, Greenville and Columbia. The privately held company was founded by Karen and Robert Webster in 2002.

Reach staff writer Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker on Twitter.

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