REAL ESTATE

Center City Philadelphia has a Theory

BY Michael Fickes

Philadelphia — Men’s and women’s apparel retailer, Theory has taken 3,000 sq. ft. at 1616 Walnut Street in Center City Philadelphia near Rittenhouse Square, according to Fameco Real Estate.

Fameco represented the building’s ownership group of Federal Capital, Alterra Property and Cross Properties in the transaction.

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Buffets appoints two senior executives

BY Michael Fickes

Greer, S.C. — Buffets, the parent company of six family style steak buffet restaurant chains, has named Chip Romp to the newly created position of VP Training and Jay Allen to Senior VP Real Estate and Development.

A 20-year training veteran, Romp comes to the company from the Italian Fast Casual concept Fazoli’s, where he served as VP Training, Development & Ops Services. He also has training experience with Applebee’s International, Damon’s International and Jillian’s Entertainment.

With more than 25 years experience, Allen most recently served as the VP Restaurant Development for Focus Brands. He has also held senior executive positions with Marriott Contract Service providers, O’Charley’s and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Buffets’ six restaurant brands operate 344 restaurants in 35 states.

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Former JCPenney exec named VP, communications at RadioShack

BY CSA STAFF

FORT WORTH, Texas — RadioShack has appointed marketing and communications executive Merianne Roth as the company’s new VP of communications.

Roth’s responsibilities will include RadioShack’s corporate communications, community relations, internal communications and event marketing. She will report to Jennifer Warren, SVP and CMO.

She joins RadioShack from the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, where she was VP of marketing and communications. Her background includes leadership roles for J.C. Penney, where she was director of consumer brand marketing and publicity, and Pier 1 Imports, where she served as senior manager of public relations.

"I am very happy to welcome Merianne to the RadioShack team," said Warren. "She brings a wealth of experience in public relations and marketing communications with her, and in-depth knowledge of our industry as well as our hometown community. I am confident that she will provide valuable support and counsel to our executive management team."

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