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Changes to PetSmart board amid CEO transition

BY Marianne Wilson

PHOENIX — PetSmart’s board of directors has named Gregory P. Josefowicz its non-executive chairman. Josefowicz has served as a director since 2004 and as lead director since 2006.

Chairman and CEO Bob Moran will not stand for election as a director at the company’s 2013 annual stockholder meeting. As previously announced, David Lenhardt, current president and COO, will become the CEO of PetSmart at that time.

“David’s transition to the CEO role has been exceptionally smooth. As such, I think it is in the best interests of the company that I step aside and let David put his own stamp on PetSmart,” said Moran. “PetSmart is well-positioned and I am confident in the company’s future under David’s direction and leadership.”

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Blo/Out Blow Dry Bar blows into Willow Grove Park

BY Michael Fickes

Willow Grove, Pa. — Blo/Out Blow Dry Bar will open its third salon in Willow Grove Park this summer. The new, no-appointment-necessary, no-cut, no-color blow dry bar brand from Philadelphia has signed up for 1,300 sq. ft.

Blo/Out Blow Dry Bar stylists wash and dry hair and blow it straight, wavy, curly or up. Customers choose from eight styles. Additional services include scalp massages, makeup, custom styling and a new 20-minute dry styling treatment.

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Glimcher to buy WestShore Plaza and sell Lloyd Center

BY Michael Fickes

Columbus, Ohio — Glimcher Realty Trust has announced plains to purchase its remaining interest in WestShore Plaza in Tampa, Fla. and to sell its interest in Lloyd Center in Portland, Ore. Glimcher holds a 40% interest in a joint venture with Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI that owns both properties.

Glimcher will purchase the 60% interest in WestShore Plaza, which logs sales of $410 per sq. ft., for $111.8 million by assuming Blackstone’s pro-rata share of the $119.6 million loan plus $40 million in cash. Glimcher’s proceeds from the sale of Lloyd Center and the company’s credit facility will fund the purchase.

In an unrelated transaction, two unaffiliated third parties will purchase 100% of Lloyd Center. Glimcher’s share of net proceeds from the sale of the Center and four contiguous outparcels after repayment of the existing loan on the property will be approximately $28.4 million.

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