REAL ESTATE

The Cheesecake Factory, Forever 21 to open at Mall at Short Hills

BY CSA STAFF

Short Hills, N.J. — Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Taubman Co. announced that The Cheesecake Factory and Forever 21 will open at the company’s Mall at Short Hills, located in Short Hills, N.J.

Cheesecake Factory is slated to open a full-service restaurant, bakery and bar this summer. Forever 21 will open a 40,000+-sq.-ft. store in late 2011.

The Mall at Short Hills features 160 specialty stores and restaurants along with anchors Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Ulta and more to open at Merchant’s Walk

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Atlanta — Columbia, S.C.-based Edens & Avant announced that Ulta, along with additional retailers and restaurants, will open at its Merchant’s Walk open-air center in the East Cobb area of Atlanta.

“The evolving mix of local, regional and national retailers is part of the merchandising strategy we put into place at the outset of Merchant’s Walk redevelopment,” said Lyle Darnall, managing director for Edens & Avant. “We feel that the continued evolution of this mix will help foster a true sense of place for the East Cobb community and we look forward to adding to this list in the very near future.”

Along with the multi-million dollar renovation to the retail center, the expansion of the Merchant’s Walk Stadium Cinemas and the previously announced mix of national and local retailers such as Whole Foods (opening summer 2011), Pinkberry and Chipotle, Merchant’s Walk will soon be home to Ulta, which is opening a 10,000-sq.-ft. store in the summer. Also opening are Mirko Pasta (this spring), Gigi’s Cupcakes (opened in January), and the Eye Gallery Distinctive Eyewear (March 1).

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Creative Channel Services provides in-store training for Costco

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LOS ANGELES — Costco has engaged Creative Channel Services’ CyberScholar Retail Network to increase in-store product knowledge and enhance shopper experiences, the company reported. The warehouse retailer has integrated CCS’ CyberScholar portal into its U.S. employee development strategies for consumer electronics (CE) product lines.

The recently launched program provides Costco’s employees with easy access to learning modules from a growing list of manufacturers in the camera, GPS, home theater, television, printer and video categories through one convenient, password-protected CyberScholar @ Costco internet portal, Creative Channel Services reported.

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