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Community college opens in Des Moines mall

BY Michael Fickes

Des Moines, Iowa — The Des Moines Area Community College opened its school year with a new campus: a 65,000-sq.-ft. former J.C. Penney store located on the main level of Southridge Mall.

The mall’s owner, Macerich sold the space to DMACC for $1. The school, which has three other campuses in the Des Moines metro area, has invested $13 million in design, construction, equipment, labs and classrooms. Major donations will be announced this fall.

Construction started on December 26, 2012. Crews have worked seven days a week and in some cases 24 hours a day to build a state-of-the-art educational center.

Formally called the DMACC Center for Career and Professional Development, the facility will offer four academic, career and educational services. They are:

  • Warren County Career Academy provides college credit and vocational training to high school students.
  • DMACC Business Resources provides customized employee training, consulting and training programs to Central Iowa businesses.
  • DMACC Continuing Education offers non-credit classes for personal and professional development.
  • DMACC Success Center offers credit classes to students pursuing liberal arts and sciences degrees, as well as other educational services including programs for Youth-at-Risk, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language and General Education Development classes.

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Transwestern fills new tenant advisory post

BY Michael Fickes

Houston — Transwestern has announced that Amber Strang has joined the firm as executive managing director of tenant advisory services. In her newly created role, Strang will pursue multi-market business and work to enhance client services. Strang will also serve on Transwestern’s board of directors and executive committee.

Strang comes to Transwestern from Cushman & Wakefield, where she was managing director of corporate occupier and investor services for the 22-state central region. She also served as senior vice president of global corporate solutions and local brokerage at Jones Lang LaSalle.

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Foot Locker, Victoria’s Secret expand at Valley Plaza Mall

BY Michael Fickes

Bakersfield, Calif. — Foot Locker and Victoria’s Secret have expanded and remodeled at the 1.1 million-sq.-ft. Valley Plaza Mall in Bakersfield, Calif. Victoria’s Secret has also opened a new store for the popular PINK brand.

The newly remodeled Foot Locker, now spanning 5,000 sq. ft., plans to introduce an exclusive department called House of Hoops. It will feature elite athletic apparel and footwear.

Victoria’s Secret also remodeled, increasing the store’s size to 7,991 sq. ft. The new PINK brand store stretches 4,949 sq. ft. and will feature women’s undergarments and apparel.

Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Forever 21, Sears and Target anchor the mall, which is owned by General Growth.

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