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Donahue Schriber to launch renovation of Del Mar Highlands Town Center

BY CSA STAFF

San Diego Costa Mesa, Calif.- based Donahue Schriber has unveiled plans to renovate one of its flagship properties, the 20-year-old Del Mar Highlands Town Center located in northern San Diego County’s Carmel Valley.

“Working closely with our community, we have created a renovation plan that will re-imagine and upgrade the center, providing family-oriented amenities, intimate gathering spaces and improved pedestrian access,” said Elizabeth Schreiber, Donahue Schriber VP and Del Mar Highlands general manager. “Our plan will increase the variety of quality dining, shopping and entertainment options and include physical changes that create a true sense of neighborhood.”

“Working closely with our community, we have created a renovation plan that will re-imagine and upgrade the center, providing family-oriented amenities, intimate gathering spaces and improved pedestrian access,” said Elizabeth Schreiber, Donahue Schriber VP and Del Mar Highlands general manager. “Our plan will increase the variety of quality dining, shopping and entertainment options and include physical changes that create a true sense of neighborhood.”

According to Schreiber, Del Mar Highlands’ recent consumer research indicated that shoppers wanted improved gathering places, more sit-down and full service restaurants as well as additional parking and improved traffic flow. “Our leasing team is in negotiations with several new restaurants in an effort to bring the best of San Diego eateries to Carmel Valley,” she said. 

Among the improvements include an upgrade to the community amphitheater, existing concrete seating to be replaced with boutique stores and a pop-jet fountain, and the addition of covered escalators, a new staircase and signature clock tower to connect the lower level to the upper level patio. New amenities to the area will include a variety of restaurants, a fireplace, fountain and comfortable seating. 

The existing cinema building will undergo a complete renovation to bring it to a luxury level with state-of-the-art digital equipment and luxurious, reserved seating, according to the company.

Traffic flow will be improved through signage that encourages customer usage of four of six entrances and the addition of 100 parking stalls throughout the center. Pedestrian walkways will also be expanded between buildings.

With remerchandising efforts underway, joining the list of Del Mar Highlands’ national and local retailers is Tilly’s who will open a 7,000-sq.-ft. space this summer. The current AT&T store has relocated within the center to a space that doubles its size to 2,900 sq. ft.

Design work is currently underway with Long Beach, Calif.-based architectural firm Perkowitz and Ruth. Construction is expected to commence late this summer with completion anticipated July 2011.

The 273,298-sq.-ft. Del Mar Highlands Town Center was originally developed by Donahue Schriber in 1989. It is anchored by Ralphs Fresh Fare, Rite Aid, Ultra Star Cinemas, Barnes & Noble and Jimbo’s…Naturally. 

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Whole Foods toughens personal-care organics policy

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WASHINGTON According to The Organic Consumers Association, Whole Foods Market has introduced a new policy that states that it believes personal-care products that claim to be organic should meet the same standards as food products, which are currently regulated by the USDA’s national organic program.

“In the wake of the BP oil spill, Whole Foods’ announcement couldn’t come at a better time. Now more than ever, Americans are searching for alternatives to petro-chemicals, including in the bodycare aisle,” says Ronnie Cummins, co-founder and executive director of OCA. “The new Whole Foods policy is a major victory for people who want to stop washing petrochemical formulations all over their bodies and then down the drain.  These consumers want trusted options for real organic personal care. Whole Foods policy will force major organic cheater brands to drop organic claims from their branding and labeling.”

 

 

Whole Foods’ new policy mandates that “organic product” or “product made with organic [specified ingredients]” claims must be certified under the USDA National Organic Program, just like food.  A more limited “contains organic ingredients” claim for personal care may be certified under the NSF ANSI 305 standard, which has additional allowances for personal care products.  All organic claims which are not certified, including “organics” in branding must otherwise be dropped. Brands have been told they have until August 1 to explain how they will change their labeling or formulations to comply with the new standard. Those that don’t submit an explanation are expected to be dropped from store shelves over the coming year while those that comply will have until June 1, 2011 to be in full compliance with Whole Foods’ new policy, OCA reported.  

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RadioShack names SVP human resources

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FORT WORTH, Texas RadioShack announced that Mary Ann Doran has been named SVP human resources. She is responsible for RadioShack’s overall policy and strategy related to human resources. Doran reports to Julian Day, chairman and CEO.

“We’re pleased to have Mary Ann join our leadership team,” Day said. “Her depth of retail experience and her passion for training and development will advance our commitment to delivering a smart, helpful in-store experience that addresses the changing needs of our customers and maintains The Shack’s leadership position in mobility.”

Doran joins RadioShack after serving as SVP human resources for Zale Corp. in Irving, Texas, where she had worked since 1996. Doran’s earlier experiences in human resources also include The Bombay Company, of Fort Worth, Texas, and the Jordan Marsh Stores Corp. of Boston, a regional department-store chain that ultimately joined the Macy’s organization.

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