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Dillard’s to Anchor Conway’s Central Landing

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Conway, Ark. — The Central Landing retail development now underway in Conway, Arkansas, has added a well-established name as a key anchor for the development’s first phase. Will Wilson, president of Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC and the company’s partner, the Conway Development Corporation, announced the completion of a letter of intent with Dillard’s to become part of the Central Landing development.

The Arkansas-based retailer will become an anchor for the development’s first phase.

“Adding the commitment of Dillard’s to the retail segment of Central Landing speaks volumes about the positive retail future of this excellent site in Conway, Arkansas,” Wilson said. “Dillard’s, well known to everyone in Arkansas, will bring an exciting, state-of-the-art store to this exceptional, growing and vibrant market, only a short distance from its Little Rock corporate office.”

Bill Dillard II, CEO of Dillard’s Inc., added: “We are happy to announce our commitment to Central Landing, adding a ninth location to our home state of Arkansas. Conway is an established community and we look forward to serving this growing market that already knows Dillard’s as the hometown fashion destination.”

The new Dillard’s at Central Landing is planned at 100,000 sq. ft. and will feature the company’s latest advances in store design and construction.

The new shopping and dining destination located in the center of Conway will begin the transformation of the current airport site into a multi-use development that will serve Faulkner County, which is already recognized nationally as one of America’s fastest growing counties for population and job growth.

Central Landing is a 150-acre planned development featuring, in Phase 1, the 250,000-sq.-ft. life style center, the Shoppes at Central Landing, anchored by Dillard’s department store and to be joined by over 40 specialty stores and restaurants. Following the retail phase, the development also includes plans for hotels, office buildings, single family residential and apartment homes.

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Home South to open store in Rock Hill Galleria center

BY Dan Berthiaume

Smithfield, N.C. – Home South, a specialty home furnishings chain operated by Carolina Pottery, is opening a 30,000-sq.-ft. store in the Rock Hill Galleria shopping center in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in the fall. Rock Hill Galleria is anchored by Belk, Sears and J.C. Penney, plus offers a variety of specialty stores including Victoria’s Secret, Aeropostale, Hot Topic, Yankee Candle, rue21, Kay Jewelers and Bath & Body Works.

"We are thrilled to be opening our second Home South store at Rock Hill Galleria,” said Grady Marsh of Home South. “Our company is headquartered in York County, and we operated a Carolina Pottery store for years on Carowinds Boulevard, so we are very excited to once again have a retail presence in York County. We feel Rock Hill Galleria is the perfect regional destination for our business, and we look forward to serving the needs of the surrounding communities."

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Lids grows footprint with acquisition

BY CSA STAFF

Genesco’s Lids division acquired wholesale team sports company Nashville Sporting Goods and its production affiliate National Team Embellishment, both headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

"The acquisition of Nashville Sporting Goods is a perfect fit for Lids Team Sports," says Ken Kocher, president of Lids Sports Group. "Not only will this expand our team sports presence in our parent company Genesco’s backyard, but this acquisition, coupled with our existing national presence, will solidify LIDS Team Sports’ regional stronghold in the sportswear and wholesale team sports business. We look forward to sharing our sporting goods expertise and services with existing and new customers across Tennessee and Alabama.

Included in the acquisition are 11 sales professionals located throughout Tennessee and Alabama as well as a first-class production and distribution facility.

“We are confident that operations of Nashville Sporting Goods will continue uninterrupted and seamlessly for our customers through the transition. We are extremely excited to add Robert Butler and his employees to our team," Kocher added.

"Lids is a great fit for Nashville Sporting Goods,” Butler said. “By joining the Lids team, we are able to remain true to our mission of ‘delivering what we promise,’ while adding access to the broad spectrum of inventory, first-class production facility, and the industry’s best web based ‘flash stores’ that already exists within Lids Team Sports. My team is very excited to help spread the Lids culture throughout the South."

Lids Sports Group, under its Lids Team Sports division, currently serves all 50 states with all-inclusive sporting goods to a broad range of customers, including colleges and universities, high schools, corporations and youth organizations.

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