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Gold Max opening 100 locations in California

BY Staff Writer

Tustin, Calif. — Gold Max of California announced that is on track to open 100 Gold Max stores in Southern California within the next year.

With more than 150 stores, Gold Max operates the United States’ largest chain of stores specializing in buying gold and precious metals from consumers. Gold Max entered the Southern California market in the fall of 2010 and opened eight stores.

Since retaining Present Value Properties as its exclusive real estate broker for California in early 2011, Gold Max has opened six new stores in Southern California and is set to open nine more. Currently, Present Value Properties is in negotiations on additional 23 stores for Gold Max in Southern California.

“Present Value Properties has worked with us to redesign our development process to significantly reduce the time necessary to identify sites, sign deals and open stores,” said Jordan Sadoff, co-founder of Gold Max. “We are now opening stores in less than 90 days from start to finish.”

Gold Max stores can range from 700 sq. ft. to 4,000 sq. ft.

Gold Max operates over 150 cash for gold stores, including more than 60 locations in Illinois and Wisconsin, 45 in Georgia and 10 in Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee.

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2011 Store Construction & Outfitting Survey

BY CSA STAFF

For the second year in a row, retailers’ expansion plans are on an upward trajectory, according to Chain Store Age’s 2011 Store Construction & Outfitting Survey, an annual survey of retail building activity and development costs. In other findings, the cost of lighting, signage, roofing and other store-outfitting systems decreased compared with last year. The good news, however, was tempered by concerns over the rising costs of construction materials and labor.

The exclusive survey, conducted by Leo J. Shapiro & Associates, compiled results from retail chains across the country. The study examined such items as expansion plans, construction costs, store size and energy costs. It also tracked the costs of store outfitting and support systems, including lighting, flooring, signage, fixtures, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).

Click here to download the 2011 Store Construction & Outfitting Survey.

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Sam’s Club to offer free children’s health, ID screenings

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is helping parents prepare for the back-to-school season by offering free children’s health and ID screenings at stores nationwide on July 9.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., shoppers can take advantage of the screenings, which will include blood pressure, body mass index and vision checks, as well as fingerprint kits and DNA swabs. The tests, valued at $100, will be conducted by certified technicians from Carmen Ingle and Associates. Additionally, fingerprint kits will be administered by the in-club technician, while the DNA swab kit can be administered in Sam’s Club or taken home by a parent.

The in-club children’s health and ID screenings are sponsored by Band-Aid, Clif Kid, Dial, G2, L’il Critters, Neosporin and Neo To Go! The brands will provide samples on site, Sam’s Club said.

"Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of children’s extra free time by scheduling health checkups," Sam’s Club SVP Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "As the summer continues and kids are out playing, we know that safety is also important to parents, so Sam’s Club is offering a special joint health and safety screening to help protect children in the event they are ever lost. At Sam’s Club, we are proud to provide our members with quality health solutions for the entire family."

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