REAL ESTATE

CSA columnist talks real estate in Kansas City

BY CSA STAFF

Kansas City, Mo.Chain Store Age real estate columnist Jeff Green, featured regularly on Chainstoreage.com’s community page with his “Retail Rap with Jeff Green” commentary, was interviewed by the Kansas City Star about trends in retail real estate.

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OPERATIONS

Casual Male representative teams with Great American Group for Kuwait store opening

BY Staff Writer

Woodland Hills, Calif. — Kuwait-based trading and contracting company The Standard Arabian Business & Enterprises Co., which represents Casual Male, said Thursday it will use Great American Group GA Store Opening Services program for a retail location in Kuwait.

The Sabeco project represents the first time Great American Group’s new Store Opening Services have been used outside the United States.

Through the GA Store Opening Services program, a team of Great American retail associates are assigned to work with the retailer, receiving training on how to merchandise the retailer’s products.

"The goal of our program is to eliminate the need for retailers to assign their managers, district managers and staff from other stores in order to get a new store opened efficiently," said Billy Nichols, senior VP of merchandising for GA Retail.

Working in conjunction with Sabeco, Casual Male-DXL’s trading partner in Kuwait, a Great American Group consultant team develops a schedule and conducts a complete store set-up in two weeks.

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FINANCE

Canadian restaurant group teams with Chase Paymentech

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Toronto — The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association said Thursday that it has forged an agreement Chase Paymentech to refer its payment processing solutions to more than 30,000 CRFA members across the country.

With the new agreement, Chase Paymentech will provide countertop, wireless and integrated restaurant management solutions to handle any payment type, including Pay-at-the-Table, EMV chip, online orders, contactless and gift cards.

“The restaurant industry directly employs more than 1.1 million Canadians, and is the number one source of first-time jobs,” said Garth Whyte, CRFA president and CEO. “By helping our members control their costs and increase their sales, we are helping a vital industry to grow, prosper and contribute to communities across Canada.”

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