When Lisa Harper takes over from Tim Belk as the CEO of Belk on Tuesday, it will be the first time the retailer is run by someone outside the Belk family. But retail experts differ on whether Harper’s background as the CEO of Hot Topic Inc., a specialty store known for selling alternative-culture clothes and accessories, aligns with running a regional Southern department store.
When Lisa Harper takes over from Tim Belk as the CEO of Belk on Tuesday, it will be the first time the retailer is run by someone outside the Belk family. But retail experts differ on whether Harper’s background as the CEO of Hot Topic Inc., a specialty store known for selling alternative-culture clothes and accessories, aligns with running a regional Southern department store. Observer file photo
When Lisa Harper takes over from Tim Belk as the CEO of Belk on Tuesday, it will be the first time the retailer is run by someone outside the Belk family. But retail experts differ on whether Harper’s background as the CEO of Hot Topic Inc., a specialty store known for selling alternative-culture clothes and accessories, aligns with running a regional Southern department store. Observer file photo

From running Hot Topic to running Belk: Is Harper well-prepared?

July 01, 2016 07:20 PM