GBS Fashions leases space at Civic Center Plaza
Chicago Jacksonville, Fla.-based Regency Centers said Thursday it has leased retail space in Chicago at Civic Center Plaza to GBS Fashions. Specializing in tailor-made clothing, GBS Fashions leased 4,009 sq. ft. of retail space, opening its first location in the Chicagoland area.
The 265,024-sq.-ft. shopping center is anchored by Home Depot and H-Mart Asian grocery, along with national retailers including GameStop, Kumon Math and Reading Center and Subway.
Smart & Final Extra! store opens
Palm Springs, Calif. Investec Real Estate announced Wednesday the grand opening of the first ground-up Smart & Final Extra! store in Palm Springs, Calif., at Gene Autry Plaza, Investec’s new $17.5 million, 60,000-sq.-ft. shopping center.
Smart & Final Extra! will join a newly opened Staples and 11,500 sq. ft. of shop space.
Gene Autry Plaza is part of a 60-acre retail development that includes Wal-Mart Supercenter, Office Depot, PetSmart and Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse. Both Smart & Final Extra! Store and Staples are relocating from existing stores nearby.
Walgreens opens 7,000th store
Deerfield, Ill. Walgreens is celebrating the grand opening Thursday of its 7,000th store nationwide, near the Coney Island amusement area in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In the past decade, Walgreens has grown from 3,000 stores to reach its goal of operating 7,000 stores by 2010. With more than 7,040 drug stores currently in operation, Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain both in store count and sales.
As part of the grand opening, the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is offering free health screenings to all adult attendees and flu shot vouchers to uninsured adults in the store’s parking lot today. The appearance by the customized, traveling health-screening bus is part of a nationwide tour of nine vehicles to deliver free health screenings across the country for early detection and prevention of diseases, as well as health education.