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Cold Stone Creamery inks lease for Park Place Mall space

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Tucson, Ariz. Cold Stone Creamery said it has leased a 650-sq.-ft. space from General Growth Properties at Park Place Mall in Tucson, Ariz. The store is slated to open mid-August.

The lease was facilitated by Commercial Retail Advisors on behalf of the tenant.

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Haier America hits the road to promote home products

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NEW YORK Haier America is hitting the road this summer with its Haier Home Tour. Launching July 4th weekend at Taste of Chicago, the 53-foot tractor-trailer will fold down into a fully accessible front porch with a three-room walk-through for visitors. Each room will be furnished with Haier products, including Haier air conditioners that will cool the entire mobile home.

The living room will showcase a mounted R-Series 42” HDTV that will play footage of NBA action, as Haier is the official HDTV of the NBA. The kitchen will have a wide variety of Haier products, including the Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator, Haier’s new tall tub dishwasher and a 40 bottle wine cellar. Finally, the laundry room will feature a working washing machine and dryer. As an added bonus for touring the vehicle, the Haier products will have forms available for mail-in rebates from $20.00 to $100.00.

“We have truly outdone ourselves and have taken our company to the next level with this summer’s tour, showcasing most of our product lines in the traveling Haier Home,” said Michael Jemal, Haier America’s president and CEO. “From a kitchen suite, to laundry, to flat-panel high-definition LED televisions, Haier really does offer everything for the home, so millions of consumers will have a chance to see the best of what we offer at fairs and festivals across the country.”

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NPD names new president of U.S. foodservice business unit

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CHICAGO The NPD Group has appointed Arnie Schwartz as president of its U.S. foodservice business unit, which provides information and insights used by operators, distributors, and manufacturers of products in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Formerly president of NPD’s North America food and beverage business unit, Schwartz will now manage a portfolio of information services designed to track and provide insight into consumers’ use of foodservice establishments and products. 

Schwartz, who has been with NPD since 1987, has held a progression of client service and management roles in both the food and beverage and foodservice units at NPD.

“Arnie brings to his new role strong leadership skills, in-depth knowledge of the food and foodservice industries, and an unwavering commitment to meeting client needs,” says Randall Smith, group president of U.S. food and automotive, Canada and Latin America at NPD.  “Over the years, he has demonstrated a keen interest in developing innovative services to track and understand consumer attitudes and behavior concerning food and beverage products.  Arnie’s wide-ranging experience will certainly be welcomed by our clients in the foodservice industry.”

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