A&G Realty to manage Bakers Footwear liquidation
New York — A&G Realty Partners said Tuesday it has been retained by Bakers Footwear Group Inc. to handle the liquidation of its remaining 56 mall stores.
According to A&G, an auction for the store leases is slated for Feb. 18, with a deadline to submit bids to A&G Realty by Feb. 21.
“Bakers’ real estate has begun to create interest among various shoe retailers, particularly those interested in access to premier locations in some of the top malls in the country,” said Michael Jerbich, a partner at A&G Realty Partners, who is managing the court-supervised sale process.
Bakers Footwear Group, based in St. Louis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2012; prior to its bankruptcy, the chain operated 236 Bakers and Wild Pair shoe stores in 37 states.
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Kindness pays at Michaels
In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Day on Sunday, Feb. 17, Michaels hopes to inspire customers to participate by giving away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its nearly 1,100 U.S. and Canada stores.
This is the second year Michaels will randomly hand out free gift cards in its stores in observance of the international holiday. Gift card recipients will be encouraged to "craft it forward" and exhibit their own random act of kindness towards another person. This year, the craft store is celebrating throughout Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11 to 17, by asking customers to share their own random acts of kindness on the Michaels Facebook page and to use the hashtag #RAOKDIY when sharing on Twitter and Instagram.
"We’ve heard wonderful stories from our customers and store associates about how inspired they were by the giveaway last year," said Michaels Chief Marketing Officer Paula Puleo. "This year, we’ve asked our customers to share their stories on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so they might inspire others to embrace the spirit of Random Acts of Kindness Week."
Customers who want to "craft it forward" can find inspiration for Random Acts of Kindness projects to give to others on the Michaels Random Acts of Kindness Pinterest board.
Random Acts of Kindness Day was created by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization based upon the powerful belief in kindness, and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.
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Walgreens rolls out new wireless vehicle management technology
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. — Wireless solution provider I.D. Systems said Tuesday it has received a series of purchase orders from Walgreens for the latest generation of its PowerFleet wireless Vehicle Management System, to be deployed on hundreds of material handling vehicles across multiple Walgreens distribution centers.
Walgreens originally implemented I.D. Systems’ wireless technology in 2003 and is systematically upgrading more than a dozen of its facilities to the current generation of PowerFleet VMS.