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DDR rolls out additional centers with Tesla Supercharger

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Beachwood, Ohio — Shopping center owner DDR Corp. has installed the third Tesla Supercharger station in its portfolio; the newest Supercharger station is located at Hamilton Marketplace in Hamilton, New Jersey, and represents the third state where a flagship Supercharger station has been activated at a DDR shopping center, following Virginia and Ohio.

Based on current conversations, the relationship could expand to several more locations across the country by year-end, according to DDR.

"We are very proud of our relationship with Tesla and look forward to expanding our involvement across the country as Tesla seeks to broaden its charging network," said Joe Tichar, senior VP of corporate operations for DDR.

Hamilton Marketplace is a 1-million-sq.-ft. power center anchored by Walmart, Kohl’s, BJ’s, Lowe’s, Ross Dress for Less, Bed Bath & Beyond, PetSmart, Michaels, Old Navy, and Pier 1 Imports.

Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to recharge their vehicles free of charge while traveling between cities along major highways in North America. Supercharger stations are strategically placed to enable owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops, and are conveniently located near amenities including roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers.

In addition to the Tesla Superchargers, DDR has also installed four Volta charging stations in Arizona that accommodate a variety of electric vehicles from various manufacturers.

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Leslie’s Poolmart opening 20 stores this week

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Phoenix — Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc. said it will grand-open 20 retail locations throughout the U.S. on April 25; stores will open in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

In total, Leslie’s plans to open 45 new stores this year, between April and May of 2014.

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Hurricane Grill & Wings to add 22 units in 2014-2015

BY Katherine Boccaccio

West Palm Beach, Fla. — Wing chain Hurricane Grill & Wings has signed five multi-unit development agreements, representing 22 new locations slated to open in 2014-2015.

The Florida-based franchised brand opened two locations in early 2014, with plans for a total of 14 new units by the end of this year.

"With our number of units expected to increase this year from 58 restaurants to 72, it’s rewarding to us as a brand to bring our fun, family-friendly restaurants to new communities," said Martin O’Dowd, president, Hurricane Grill & Wings.

New multi-unit development agreements include deals with Ronit’s Inc. for five units in the Richmond, Va. area; with Central Florida Wings, LLC for five units in Central Orlando, Fla.; with Franchise Partners, LLC for an additional six units in Maricopa County, Ariz., in addition to its current holdings; and a deal with Tamarind Investments, LLC for three units in the North Orlando, Fla. market.

The chain also inked an area development deal with JD Food and Grill, LLC, for three units in the Dallas DMA.

Opening in early 2014 were restaurants in Lindenhurst, N.Y., and Cape Coral, Fla., and additional locations are expected to open by the end of 2014 in Florida, Minnesota, Texas, Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia and Tennessee.

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