REAL ESTATE

Alfred Angelo, Life is Good to open at Short Pump Station

BY CSA STAFF

Richmond, Va. Divaris Real Estate said Wednesday that Alfred Angelo and Life is Good have leased space in the Divaris-leased Short Pump Station located in Henrico County, Va.

AA Bridal LLC, doing business as Alfred Angelo, will occupy 4,440 sq. ft. in the lifestyle center. Jake & Friends LLC, trading as Life is Good, has leased 1,600 sq. ft.

Trader Joe’s specialty grocery anchors the 91,369-sq.-ft. Short Pump Station. Other tenants include Ulta Cosmetics, Five Below, Petco, Longhorn Steakhouse, Omaha Steaks and Vitamin Shoppe.

Alfred Angelo is a 68-unit retail chain specializing in custom wedding apparel and formalwear. Life is Good is a gift, clothing and accessory retailer whose original flagship store on Newbury Street in Boston has been joined by 130 dedicated shops and retailers nationwide.

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Borders chief resigns

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Borders announced that Ron Marshall has resigned as president, CEO and a director of the company, effective immediately, to accept the role of CEO at another retailer.

The company has named EVP and chief merchandising officer Michael Edwards as the interim CEO.  Edwards is a 26-year retail veteran with CEO experience who joined Borders in September 2009 and has been leading the merchandising and marketing teams.  

“We have a clear commitment to drive the top line at Borders Group and there will be no interruption of our strategic plans and efforts to focus with great energy and determination on this goal during the transition,” said Edwards.

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Jo-Ann joins ArtFire to help artisans sell their wares

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HUDSON, Ohio Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores announced that it has partnered with ArtFire, an online artisan community, to provide sewers and crafters with the tools they need to create and sell their goods.

“By partnering with ArtFire, Jo-Ann is able to provide sewers and crafters all the tools they need to make and sell their products,” said Riddi Kline, SVP marketing, at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “In stores and online at Joann.com, customers can shop for all their materials and find inspiration for projects. Cards and gift wrap in our stores complete the process for those creating handcrafted gifts, and now, those customers who sell their creations can do so through the Jo-Ann community at ArtFire.com.”

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