Uhhh, I think that's technically illegal. AC, wanna pass this along to your buddies at Antitrust?
Actually, this may be okay. As both stores are located in the same retail development, it's very possible that Neimans has a provision in its lease prohibiting other tenants from selling or displaying merchandise which Neiman's is also selling. This is generally done to prevent the landlord from going out and entering into a lease with one of Neiman's competitors (and thus sucking away Neiman's profits at this store location). Neiman's would obviously be doubly concerned here, as FB sells at a much lower price point. If this is the case, then standard operating procedure would be for Neiman's to call the landlord and inform them that one of the other tenants (FB) was violating this lease provision and that the landlord should make them stop. As for a Neiman's employee coming in and buying up all of the Oxxford (if this is true), it sounds like somebody panicked. Regards, Jeff