REAL ESTATE

Brixmor announces anchor repositioning and renovation

BY Melonie Messina

Glendale, Ariz. — Brixmor Property Group announced that Glendale Galleria, located in Glendale, Arizona, will undergo a comprehensive renovation and will add anchor tenant LA Fitness, a 36,894-sq.-ft. new prototype facility.

“With the addition of LA Fitness and plans for a newly renovated center, we will be delivering a substantially improved shopping environment for our customers and retailers at Glendale Galleria,” said Matt Berger, senior VP of leasing for Brixmor Property Group.

The planned renovation, which is slated to commence during the fourth quarter of this year, will include a contemporary façade, new signage and lighting. The center’s parking lot will also be improved with additional new spaces and decorative landscaping to create a more inviting atmosphere. Completion of the project is set for fourth quarter 2016.

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UPS braces for e-commerce surge

BY CSA STAFF

It is the season before the season when retailer revelations about plans to hire temporary workers offer insight into holiday expectations. One of the best indicators of what to expect this Christmas comes courtesy of UPS.

UPS said it plans to hire between 90,000 and 95,000 seasonal employees (about the same as last year) to support the anticipated increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January 2016.

"We have initial volume forecasts from our customers and are starting the hiring process for our temporary holiday season jobs," said Myron Gray, president, U.S. Operations for UPS. "We have needs for various positions on all shifts at UPS locations throughout the United States."

UPS touts the fact that the full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers – have long been an entry point for permanent employment at UPS. Many senior UPS executives, including CEO David Abney and three other members of the company's management committee, started their UPS careers as part-time employees, according to the company.

"It was a way to pay my way through college," said Abney, who started loading trucks at night in March, 1974 while studying business. "At the time, I had no idea then that I'd be leading the company someday, but I could tell UPS was a place where a solid work ethic was appreciated and there were great opportunities for advancement."

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Reading Is Fundamental at Books-A-Million

BY CSA STAFF

Books-A-Million is teaming up with the nation’s largest children’s literacy organizations on a campaign that is sure to appeal to its core customers.

Through Sept. 19, customers at Books-A-Million can make a donation to Reading Is Fundamental. No purchase is necessary to donate, and contributions can be made at all Books-A-Million locations. Customers will receive an exclusive bookmark stating that they donated to Reading Is Fundamental.

“We are thrilled to partner with Books-a-Million to provide books for children who need them most,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “There are millions of children living in poverty who don’t have access to books. Thanks to the generosity of Books-A-Million and its customers, children have a greater opportunity to read, learn and grow.”

This donation drive also launches the BAM Brigade, Readers Uniting for Good, which encompasses all of Books-A-Million’s philanthropic activities and continues its history of supporting local communities. The BAM Brigade consists of the customers and associates that rally to support Books-A-Million’s philanthropic activities, including Coffee for the Troops, The Salvation Army donation drives, School Book Drives, Holiday Toy Collections, as well as Reading Is Fundamental.

“At Books-a-Million, we are passionate about reading. We are also passionate about readers uniting for a good cause,” said Scott Terry, Manager of Training and Operations of Books-A-Million. “We can’t imagine a childhood without books and are strong believers in providing children with the tools needed to increase literacy. That’s why we are partnering with Reading Is Fundamental. Their mission is our mission, and we encourage customers and associates to join the BAM brigade and unite for a worthy cause.”

Books-A-Million operates 255 stores in 32 states.

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