ECOMMERCE

Glimcher, eProximiti launch mobile marketing platform

BY CSA STAFF

Columbus, Ohio Glimcher Realty Trust said Thursday it has partnered with technology company eProximiti to launch a new mobile marketing and free wireless Internet platform nationwide. The new platform allows mall shoppers to surf the Web while they shop, gaining access to free Internet service and to local merchant promotions.

“eProximiti reaches shoppers with local and relevant shopping information, which is important during a time when consumers are being more thoughtful than ever in their shopping habits,” said Armand Mastropietro, senior VP, property management, Glimcher Realty Trust. “Throughout our portfolio, we’re focused on providing a unique shopping experience. Partnering with eProximiti gives us a tool that connects local merchants with local shoppers in a new and distinctive way.”

eProximiti brings special retailer-driven offers immediately to the consumer through e-mails and text messages via a Web-based, interactive product.

At Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus, Ohio, participating merchants are featured in ads of varying sizes on polarisfashionplacefeatures.com. Shoppers carrying smart phones, 3G-enabled phones or laptops, which enter the WiFi hotspot in the Food Hall, are directed to a landing page that features local merchant advertising and unique promotions, events and special features. Consumers can then click on the advertisement to download a coupon, send it to their phone or make a reservation.

Currently, eProximiti is available at Polaris Fashion Place, with plans to roll out in 19 Glimcher properties nationwide prior to the 2009 holiday shopping season.

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REAL ESTATE

Restaurant chains expanding in Manhattan

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New York City Fast-food and casual-dining chains are taking advantage of more available restaurant spaces and budget-minded consumers who prefer inexpensive fare to debut and expand in Manhattan.

Panera Bread is looking at locations across Manhattan, while Toronto-based Freshii’s chain will break ground on its first of 20 anticipated New York locations next week, the Wall Street Journal reported. And Vapiano, a German-based pasta chain will open near Union Square next month.

Also coming to the Big Apple are the California-based Counter burger chain, due to debut in October in Times Square, and Elevation Burger, a Virginia-based chain, which is due to open in early fall.

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Guest Commentaries: Hurricane preparedness

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its predictions for the 2010 hurricane season, and the news wasn’t good. Predicting an “active to extremely active” hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, the outlook reinforces the importance of having a hurricane preparedness plan in place.

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