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DRE adds five retailers to metro Richmond

BY Michael Fickes

Richmond, Va. — Five retailers have signed five leases, taking a total of 23,700 sq. ft. of retail space in the metropolitan Richmond, Va., market, according to Divaris Real Estate, Inc., the broker representing the retailers.

  • Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants signed for 11,500 sq. ft. at Short Pump Town Center in Richmond. DRE represented the landlord, Forest City Enterprises.
  • Both Sleepy’s and Mexican grill Qdoba inked deals for 6,000 sq. ft. and 2,400 sq. ft. respectively at Divaris-leased Stonebridge Shopping center in Richmond.
  • Stepping Out Dance Studio leased 2,000 sq. ft. in Village Commons Shopping Center in South Chesterfield, Va. Divaris Property Management Corp. manages the center. DRE represented the landlord, HODA Investments.
  • Amora Spa and Nail Salon will take 1,800 sq. ft. in Divaris-leased Shoppes at Belvedere in Richmond. DRE represented Shoppes at Belvedere, the landlord.
  • Divaris Real Estate and Divaris Property Management Corp. are divisions of The Divaris Group.
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Fear No E-commerce

BY Katherine Boccaccio

For years, doomsayers have been predicting the end of brick-and-mortar shopping in favor of the more convenient – albeit two-dimensional – online store experience.

Call me an optimist, but I’ve never bought into the gloom-hype. My feeling has been that brick-and-mortar stores will always be around, and malls (whether open-air or enclosed or flavor-of-the-day format) will survive. A recent announcement by Staples only underscores my optimism.

On June 20, the office supply retailer announced it had launched an “omni-channel” retail concept, opening a location in Norwood, Mass., and Dover, Del. – both incorporating Staples online and mobile assets into the brick-and-mortar retail experience.

What a novel idea. Bring the entire shopping experience – online and offline – into the physical space, not only providing customers with in-store offerings but also online access via in-store kiosks.

What that tells the customer is, “We do not view the internet as ‘competition.’ It is simply another avenue from which to conduct our commerce.”

Staples isn’t the only retailer to have figured this out; it is simply a more recent example of a growing trend that should help to quiet the stores-are-out chatter.


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Bealls deploys new solution to grow e-commerce

BY CSA STAFF

EVERETT, Wash. — Bealls is looking to Fluke Networks to help it address network issues and monitor the performance of its applications in the wake of the retailer’s growing e-commerce business.

Fluke’s Visual TruView solution will give the retailer comprehensive visibility into all key systems and applications across more than 500 network locations, enabling immediate remediation of performance issues and minimizing the impact on its 13,000 employees, customers and sales.

Bealls was experiencing sporadic network outages and performance issues because of its growing e-commerce business and its more than 100 custom, in-store and corporate business applications. Without access to comprehensive real-time network data, the company’s engineering teams couldn’t quickly identify and isolate the problems, resulting in lost sales, employee frustration and customer dissatisfaction.

"There are only two solutions I keep up and running at all times, and Visual TruView is one of them," said David Varnum, manager of network engineering at Bealls. "It gives me complete visibility into the application layer and, when problems emerge, I can identify the source and work to fix it before it has an impact on the business. It’s our eyes and ears for the network, and it’s made the engineering team shine."

Visual TruView is a troubleshooting solution that leverages key data sets such as stream-to-disk packet storage, application response time, transactional decode, NetFlow and SNMP to present performance analytics through a single visual dashboard. It eliminates the need for swivel chair correlations and gives the Bealls team the ability to quickly drill down into packet-level details.

"From the moment Visual TruView went live, we had instant visibility into pressing issues and were able to immediately fix problems and do application rollups," Varnum said. "The workflow is very logical and easy to use, and because it pulls all of the data sources we need, we can get as granular as needed to isolate an issue."

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