REAL ESTATE

Charter Realty inks six leases in Shrewsbury, Mass., center

BY Michael Fickes

New York — Charter Realty and Development has announced six lease signings totaling 25,855 sq. ft. at the White City Shopping Center in Shrewsbury, Mass.

The 280,000-sq.-ft. center recently welcomed the Royal India Café, which has taken 2,481 sq. ft. Firestone Tire and Firestone Complete Auto Care, a current tenant, has negotiated a new ground lease totaling 8,000 sq. ft. Noodles and Company, another current tenant, has signed a lease that will move the restaurant into a 5,000-sq.-ft. space.

Ideal Image, a laser hair removal company, has taken a 3,000l-sq.-ft. space. Dollar Forever has signed for 5,450 sq. ft. And sixth, The UPS Store has leased a 1,114-sq.-ft. space.

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Halston dives into e-commerce waters

BY CSA STAFF

The Halston brand is going digital with the launch of its flagship e-commerce site in more than 80 countries today, including the U.S. and Canada. The vertical e-commerce site will feature Halston Heritage apparel and accessories.

The brand is also expanding its physical presence, with plans to expand to more than 20 locations by yearend.

The launch of the online store is a partnership between Halston and Branded Online, an innovative e-commerce provider who developed the proprietary platform, and will manage all back-office functions including fulfillment, distribution and client services. The day-to-day business including merchandising, marketing, brand creative and brand communication will be run by Halston. The site will serve as a complement to the retailer’s ongoing digital strategy, which is designed to strengthen direct communication and interaction with Halston clients and fans through the digital space and social media platforms.

This e-commerce launch follows the rollout of the first Halston Heritage retail stores earlier this year. There are currently seven stores worldwide and the company plans to have more than 20 by the end of the year.

“The launch of Halston’s first e-commerce store is an important milestone for one of America’s most iconic fashion brands,” said Ben Malka, chairman and CEO of Halston “The site will serve as our global flagship and will give us the opportunity to present the brand the way we envision it, while reaching new audiences in new markets across the world.”

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Faith Hope Consolo on CREW Network board

BY Michael Fickes

New York — Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group has taken her seat as a member of the 2014 board of directors of the Commercial Real Estate Women’s (CREW) Network on Oct. 9, at CREW Network’s annual Convention and Fall Council Meeting in Dallas. Her term begins January 1, 2014.

CREW Network is the largest commercial real estate association for women and represents approximately 8,200 women leaders in 74 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The appointment required a unanimous vote by the current board of directors. The board recognized Consolo’s contributions to various industry, educational and charitable organizations, including her work as the director of communications for the New York chapter, NYCrew, and her participation as a member of national CREW’s Communications Committee since 2012.

“This is a tremendous honor from an organization I regard as one of the most important voices for women nationwide,” said Consolo.

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