Chain Store Age names top redevelopers
New York City For the fifth year running, Chain Store Age has compiled redeveloped square footage data, along with financial investment information, to rank the country’s most prolific redevelopers for the year prior.
For the 2008 calendar year, the following 10 shopping center developers, listed alphabetically, make up the Top 10 Redevelopers list: CBL & Associates Properties; Centro Properties Group; General Growth Properties; Glimcher Realty Trust; Kite Realty Group; Macerich Co.; Phillips Edison; Regency Centers; Stirling Properties; and Westfield. Their top redevelopment projects will be featured in the upcoming November issue of Chain Store Age:
This year, two honorable mentions were named, based on the significance of their 2008 redeveloped projects. Cafaro Co. and The Sembler Co. both will be featured in the November issue as honorable mention placers.
Walmart brings back $10 toys
BENTONVILLE, Ark. Walmart announced that it is bringing back its $10 toys section in all stores and expanding its $10 holiday assortment this year to more than 100 toys.
According to the company, the $10 toys assortment is the first of several programs Walmart will announce this holiday season to bring 12 weeks of added savings in a year that has been increasingly tough on consumer wallets.
“With the popularity of our ’10 for $10′ toy program last October, we knew it was important for customers that we bring it back and offer an even greater amount of $10 toys this year,” said Laura Phillips, chief toy officer and VP toys for Walmart. “We began working months ago to ensure we could also introduce many toys at just $10 for this holiday program, as well as roll back prices at a time when our customers were ready to make purchases.”
Toys in the $10 assortment include Transformers Action Figures, board games and Play-Doh.
ECRM names new VP general merchandise
CLEVELAND, Ohio ECRM has named Cheryl Gherlone VP general merchandise. Gherlone joined the ECRM team in June of 2009, assisting with various sales related responsibilities and researching potential new events. In her new position, Gherlone will work jointly with Paul Wendling of ECRM. This organizational change will become effective on Oct. 1.
Prior to joining ECRM, Gherlone held the position of marketing manager for Longs Drug Stores, with responsibility for general merchandise including stationery, electronics, housewares, hardware, automotive, soft goods as well as liquor & beverages.
“With such a solid background, Cheryl will be an exceptional complement to ECRM and the GM category. We look forward to her expertise to lead the advancement of this important category. Her leadership will strengthen our ability to improve existing GM shows and expand show offerings in 2010,” said Charlie Bowlus, CEO of ECRM.