REAL ESTATE

Aldi commits to former Bombay space

BY CSA STAFF

Chicago Mid-America Real Estate Corp. said it has leased Chicago-area space to Aldi. The location, on N. Clybourn Avenue, was formerly occupied by Bombay Furniture and Leather Creation.

The lease totals 16,600 sq. ft., which Aldi will remodel into space for their new format grocery store that is scheduled to open later this year.

In related news, Mid-America landed Wal-Mart for an expanded lease at the Quarry Shopping Center in southwest Chicago. The retailer renewed and expanded its existing lease by 80,543 sq. ft., bringing the space total to 201,194 sq. ft

Wal-Mart will remain open as the additional space is under construction, with a grand re-opening planned for fall 2009.

Also committing to the Quarry are retailers Play N Trade, which leased 1,600 sq. ft., and Dress Barn, which renewed its lease for 7,500 sq. ft.

The center is anchored by Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Office Max and Sam’s Club.  

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Target expands electronics, video game department

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Minneapolis Target is reinventing the consumer electronics and video game department across stores nationwide, with a new open layout. The full-chain rollout began in April, and the majority of Target stores will have the new electronics layout completed by June.

As part of the transformation, the video game section is being expanded by 30% revealing a large, open, guest-friendly format that will include new product-accessible fixtures organized by platform and game genres. In addition, a majority of stores will be further enhanced with video game learning centers and trial stations.

“Target is committed to creating an intuitive and easy shopping experience for our guests,” said Mark Schindele, senior VP Target. “The electronics and video game reinvention was designed with the wants and needs of our guests as our top priority. They’ve asked for additional product diversity and better access to games and information, and our new layout offers them just that.”

In addition to an expanded video game footprint, Target is making improvements and additions in the TV, camera and camcorder sections of the electronics department that will add to and enhance its current product offerings while making the selection process even easier.

An improved TV wall will offer a more realistic in-home presentation and a better way for guests to compare picture quality across brands, the company said. Clear signage highlighting product features is being integrated within the overall display, and key accessories can be found at the base of the TV wall so that guests can easily find everything they need to enjoy their new purchase.

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Target improves checkout experience for visually impaired

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Minneapolis, Minn. Target has teamed up with The American Foundation for the Blind, American Council of the Blind and California Council of the Blind to improve the checkout experience of guests with visual impairments and ensure their privacy.

Target announced that it will add tactile keypads to point of sale devices at all Target stores. This improvement allows shoppers who have visual impairments or difficulty reading information on a touch screen to privately and independently enter their personal identification number (PIN), protecting their financial privacy.

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