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Alco Stores names senior VP

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Abilene, Kan. — Alco Stores said Thursday that it has promoted Ricardo Clemente to senior VP, human resources, store operations and loss prevention.

Clemente joined the chain in 2011 as a district manager, most recently serving as VP stores and human resources.

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ICSC names divisional VP, Europe

BY Staff Writer

London — The International Council of Shopping Centers’ executive committee has elected Marcus Wild, CEO of SES Spar European Shopping Centers, as divisional VP for the association’s European division.

Wild will be the first appointment to the newly created volunteer leadership position, which the association anticipates will better serve the needs of its European members. Wild has also served on the ICSC’s board of trustees for two years and is also the past chairman of the ICSC European Advisory Board. The announcement was made official during ICSC’s annual meeting of members at RECon, the global retail real estate convention.

“Marcus joins a distinguished group of ICSC members who not only develop new and exciting programs for our members, but also serve as the voice of the industry in their respective regions,” said ICSC president and CEO Michael P. Kercheval. “With Marcus representing ICSC membership in Europe, the wants, needs and desires of our members there will be addressed at the highest level of our organization. All of us here at ICSC look forward to working with Marcus during his term.”

During RECon, ICSC also announced that it has struck collaborative membership agreements with both the British and French Shopping Centre Councils to provide education, advocacy, research and networking opportunities for the retail real estate industry in these countries. With the addition of the British and French Shopping Centre Councils, ICSC’s European membership increased to 7,000, an all-time high for the organization.

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Fayetteville is next stop for Walmart, Operation Homefront

BY CSA STAFF

Fayetteville, N.C., is the next stop for Walmart’s Saluting Heroes Together campaign, which together with Operation Homefront, aims to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military, as well as their families.

This latest event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Walmart supercenter located at 7701 S. Raeford Rd., and comes on the heels of Walmart’s launch on Memorial Day to hire 100,000 veterans throughout the next five years. Lunch and giveaways will be provided by Walmart and Sam’s Club suppliers, including Johnsonville’s World’s Largest Grill.

"Walmart and the military are very similar when you look at the emphasis on teamwork and service as essential elements to success," said Samuel Adams, a Raeford Walmart assistant manager and former member of the Army National Guard. "Those similarities made the transition easy for me, and as a former member of the military, I utilize the skills I learned in the service every day in my new role and know that other veterans do as well," he added. "I’m grateful for the veterans’ hiring commitment because I believe it’s a win-win for our veterans and our company."

"Operation Homefront is committed to supporting the families of our service members and wounded warriors in North and South Carolina and throughout the country," said Holly Cummings, executive director, Operation Homefront, Carolinas. "We are proud to continue our partnership with Walmart and Sam’s Club, and are honored to take part in the Saluting Heroes Together events that will help strengthen community support for those who have served and sacrificed to provide opportunity for us."

In North Carolina, the Walmart Foundation recently contributed $25,000 to Support Military Spouses’ Shoeboxes for Military Spouses Program and $40,000 to StepUp Ministries’ Well-Fed Families and Veterans Programs.

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