Auffrance launches retail presence with Manhattan location
New York City The leasing team of Faith Hope Consolo, chairman, and Joseph Aquino, executive VP of Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Retail Leasing, Marketing and Sales Division said Wednesday that custom furniture designer and manufacturer Auffrance will debut its retail presence at 237 East 58th Street in New York City.
Previously, the collections had been available only to the design trade at the D&D Building.
“For years, Auffrance was available only through the trade but this new space will enable to dramatically broaden its client base,” said Consolo. “More importantly, it will be joining other businesses in what has become the center of haute home design.”
Kohl’s eyes vacant real estate for expansion
Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Corp. said it is accumulating cash to absorb locations abandoned by shrinking or defunct retailers, according to a report on Bloomberg.
Kohl’s chairman and CEO Kevin Mansell said any store takeovers would come on top of as many as 25 new locations Kohl’s already plans to build for next year at a cost of about $275 million.
“Nobody’s come to us and said they want to sell us 50 stores, but I suspect it’s going to happen,” Mansell said. “We want to be in a position to act.”
Gottschalks, Goody’s and Mervyn’s bankruptcies have left plenty of real estate from which to choose. Mansell said Kohl’s has taken over 30 former Mervyn’s sites in California, which staged grand openings on Wednesday.
The cost to convert each former Mervyn’s was about $7 million, while it takes about $11 million to build a store from scratch, Mansell said.
In related news, among Kohl’s store openings on Wednesday was the company’s 59th California solar location. The new Point West store in Sacramento is also the 79th solar location nationwide for Kohl’s.
“Energy efficiency and green power are key business and environmental strategies for Kohl’s, and we continue to work to make them an integral part of building and expansion efforts,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive VP store planning and logistics. “Our solar program is a hallmark of our green power efforts, and we’re continuing to expand it because it demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and improving the environment directly in the communities we serve.”
NAI Global promotes three
Princeton, N.J. NAI Global announced Tuesday the promotion of three members of its corporate services team to senior VP.
Rick Leighton and Kimberly Kocur have both been promoted to senior VP corporate services.
Linda Battistelli has been named senior VP client services.