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CBL Gains Control of Four St. Louis-Area Malls

BY CSA STAFF

Chattanooga, Tenn., CBL & Associates Properties has entered into two separate agreements with the Westfield Group involving four St. Louis-area malls.

The first agreement will provide Westfield Group to contribute three St. Louis-area regional malls to a CBL-controlled investment vehicle, CW Joint Venture, LLC. CBL will contribute six of their existing wholly owned malls and three associated centers to the joint venture.

The second agreement provides for CBL to acquire a fourth regional mall from Westfield, Chesterfield Mall.

These four malls have a total estimated gross value of $1.03 billion.

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Movie Gallery to close underperforming stores

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DOTHAN, Ala. Movie Gallery Inc. today announced that it plans to close approximately 520 underperforming and unprofitable Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video stores. According to the company, the closings are part of its plan to conserve cash and reduce the company’s cost structure to address the financial and industry challenges it has been experiencing.

Joe Malugen, chairman, president and ceo of Movie Gallery, said, “Closing these stores was a difficult, but necessary decision to help protect the future of this company. These stores are being closed after evaluating a number of factors, including store profits and the terms of the leases at each location. This action will allow us to focus our resources on the approximate 4,000 stores that have a stronger operating performance and prospects for future growth.”

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Martha Stewart to design line for 1-800-FlOWERS

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CARLE PLACE, N.Y. Martha Stewart is creating an exclusive, co-branded line for 1-800-FLOWERS. The new floral, plant and gift basket program will launch this spring and will be available exclusively at 1-800-FLOWERS.com.

 Martha Stewart stated: “I have been cultivating flowers and creating beautiful arrangements all my life. Fresh flowers and gift baskets enhance the beauty of any home and make every occasion special. I am delighted that we will collaborate with 1-800-FLOWERS.com next year to provide consumers with memorable floral gifts, plants and gift baskets that will be greatly appreciated by every recipient.”

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