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DSW names senior VP

BY CSA STAFF

Columbus, Ohio — DSW said Monday it has appointed Christopher Lanning as senior VP and general manager of the retailer’s Leased Business Division.

Lanning will be responsible for managing DSW’s existing leased business client base and developing new account relationships. DSW currently operates 353 shoe departments in conjunction with leased business partners, which include Steinmart, Gordmans, Filene’s Basement and Frugal Fannie’s.

Lanning succeeds Raymond Blanton, who announced in March that he would be retiring in early 2011.

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Walmart fight for store near Civil War battlefield goes to court

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Orange, Va. — Walmart’s next step to open a Supercenter near Wilderness Battlefield in Orange, Va., goes to court Tuesday, as Orange County Circuit Judge Daniel R. Bouton is scheduled to hear arguments on requests for summary judgments from attorneys in the case.

If the trial moves forward, a preservation group and local residents who oppose the store will square off against Walmart and the Orange County officials who approved the Supercenter.

Opponents claim the store will be built on what was a "nerve center" for the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. County officials have countered by saying that the store would be built in an area already zoned commercially and outside the limits of the protected battlefield.

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Cordish Cos. to develop upscale outlet center in Nebraska

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La Vista, Neb. — Baltimore-based The Cordish Cos. said Monday that it will develop an upscale outlet center and entertainment district in La Vista’s Southport West Development. The burgeoning Omaha suburb is already home to a Cabela’s, La Vista Conference Center and several hotels.

Cordish said its vision is to create a regional shopping and entertainment destination to build on the success of Southport West’s existing businesses and hotels. The initial phase of the project will consist of an upscale outlet center and entertainment district, all of which will be linked through extensive public gathering spaces, pedestrian-friendly walkways and streetscapes.

The first phase of the development will total approximately 435,000 sq. ft., with a construction budget totaling approximately $114 million. The project has been master planned to include additional phases of retail and entertainment development in excess of 100,000 sq. ft.

“We are extremely excited to announce such a major development in La Vista.” said Blake Cordish VP.

Other notable Cordish projects include: The Power Plant in Baltimore; Charleston Place in Charleston, S.C.; Seminole Hard Rock Resorts in Florida; The Power & Light District in Kansas City, Mo.; Fourth Street Live!, Louisville, Ky.; and The Walk, Atlantic City, N.J.

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