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Art Van rounds out Illinois Power Center

BY Al Urbanski

Art Van Furniture will take over a 34,000-sq.-ft. space vacated by H.H. Gregg at Gurnee Town Center in Illinois, according to owner Retail Properties of America, Inc. The electronics chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

Art Van will bring the center to 98% occupied, according to RPAI, joining DSW, Old Navy, Starbucks, Ross Dress for Less, Five Below, and Bath &amp Body Works at the center west of Waukegan.

One of the Midwest’s largest furniture retailers, Art Van operates more than 100 furniture showrooms and PureSleep stores in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, and Indiana.

Stacy Short, VP of leasing in RPAI’s western division, credited her company’s proactive leasing approach for being able to quickly fill the hole left by Hhgregg.

“We are thrilled to add the home furnishings category to this already great retail mix," Short said.


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Report: Department store retailer keeps holiday hiring plans under wraps

BY CSA STAFF

Don’t expect to hear specifics about Kohl’s holiday workforce any time soon.

Unlike other chains, including Target and Macy’s, that have announced their plans to hire thousands of temporary workers during the holiday season, Kohl’s is not discussing the number of seasonal hires its will make, according to CNBC.

The chain did confirm it will hire “some seasonal staff.” However, it is more focused on giving additional hours to its current workforce — a group that it has been bolstering all year, the report said.

Walmart made a similar move last week when it announced it would give extra hours — and train — existing employees for both traditional roles, including cashier and stocker, as well as newly created technology-empowered positions, such as personal shoppers and Pickup associates.

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Party goods retailer bolsters store fleet with Halloween pop-up shops

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Party City is getting ready for the Halloween rush.

The party goods retailer plans to open up more than 270 Halloween City pop-up stores during its make-or-break season. These locations will bring the company’s store fleet up to more than 1,200 Party City and Halloween City retail outlets.

Party City is also currently bulking up its staff for the season, and hiring approximately 25,000 temporary employees. This is less than last year, when the company hired 35,000 seasonal associates.

“Consumers’ continuing search for uniqueness has really influenced Halloween costume shopping,” said Party City CEO Jim Harrison. “We believe that Party City, both online and in our stores, offers the widest assortment of costumes and accessories, allowing consumers to differentiate themselves.”

Party City Holdco, which designs, manufactures, sources and distributes party goods, operates more than 900 specialty retail party supply stores (including approximately 150 franchise stores) throughout North America operating under the names Party City and Halloween City, and e-commerce websites, principally through the domain name PartyCity.com.

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