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DDG awarded planning and design architecture for China’s largest mall

BY CSA STAFF

Baltimore — Planning, architecture, graphics and design firm Development Design Group said Monday it has been awarded the position of planner and design architect for the retail centerpiece of the landmark Tianjin City Culture Center Development, soon to become the largest mall in China.

Located 20 minutes outside of Beijing’s central business district, the project is developed by Tianjin Lecheng Real Estate Co. DDG’s contribution to the project, the 4 million-sq.-ft., seven-level retail component will be part of an overall 9 million-sq.-ft. commercial and cultural destination in Tianjin City, China near Beijing.

In addition to the retail focal point, which will become the single largest shopping center building in China, the larger Culture Center Development also features a Grand Theater and Opera House, Art Museum, Grand Library, Youth Education Museum, and a Natural History Museum. A connection to four city subway lines runs beneath the site, and a recently completed high-speed connection direct to downtown Beijing will facilitate convenient access for the city’s 22 million residents.

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Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries announces 40+-unit development deal

BY CSA STAFF

Columbia, Md. — Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries said Tuesday it has signed a master franchise agreement with multi-unit restaurant developer Manu Patel to develop 40+ Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries restaurants in Delaware, New Jersey, and the Philadelphia metro area.

Fransmart is leading the franchise development plans for Boardwalk, which currently has restaurants open in Virginia; Maryland; Georgia; Pennsylvania; California; and Florida. Development plans are in place for Delaware, New Jersey and Michigan, with a total of 200 new restaurants in development nationwide.

Patel is a veteran owner and operator of Dunkin Donuts and Subway franchised units.

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Tommy Bahama to make Manhattan debut

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Tommy Bahama will open its first store in New York City, on Fifth Avenue at 45th Street, according to The Wall Street Journal. The 8,500-sq.-ft. store is expected to open by the end of 2011.

The 89-store Tommy Bahama chain is a subsidiary of Oxford Industries, which recently acquired the Lilly Pulitzer brand.

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