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Gordmans names planning, allocation exec

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Omaha, Neb. — Apparel and home-décor retailer Gordmans said Tuesday it has appointed Geoffrey Ayoub as senior VP planning, allocation and analysis.

Ayoub joins Gordmans from EDCON, a South African-based retailer operating over 1,000 stores in multiple retail formats throughout five countries. At EDCON, he served as chief planning officer responsible for all aspects of merchandise planning, allocation, replenishment and merchandise analysis.

“[Ayoub’s] planning acumen will help drive Gordmans’ continued expansion in both new and existing markets," said Jeff Gordman, president and CEO.

Ayoub has also served as senior VP business planning and integration with Home Shopping Network, and in several positions with J.C. Penney, the last of which was VP business process development.

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Action Services Group to provide sign, lighting maintenance for regional Burger King

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Aston, Pa. — Actions Services Group has announced a service agreement with Strategic Restaurants Acquisition Co. to provide exterior sign and lighting maintenance services for its 295 Burger King restaurant units.

The two-year maintenance program covers proactive, scheduled quarterly visits to Strategic Restaurants’ units to inspect, repair and/or replace lamps, ballasts, sockets, electrodes, tube supports, wiring within the sign or light fixture LED or non-LED redband, LED or non-LED channel letters, neon transformers and secondary wiring.

On-demand exterior sign and lighting service between the scheduled quarterly visits is included under the program, as well as quarterly visual inspections of interior lighting for those locations with interior playgrounds.

Action Services’ web-based service management system, ServicePoint Solutions, stores and tracks all location asset data after the initial service call, tracks all product warranty information and measures each service call with a customer satisfaction survey at the site level.

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South Carolina shopping development launches new website

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Hilton Head Island, S.C. — Shelter Cove Towne Centre, in Hilton Head Island, has launched a new website, Sheltercovetownecentre.com, designed to reflect the center’s approach to relaxation and rejuvenation.

Internet visitors are encouraged to connect with the center through its social media outlets as well as through email. A submission form on the site’s homepage allows users to enter their email addresses in order to receive updates and newsletters. The center will soon launch an ongoing email campaign to announce developments as they happen, and will begin surprise promotions for campaign followers.

The new site embodies Towne Centre’s "island lifestyle" theme, incorporating vibrant colors and photos of people enjoying the numerous facets of the center.

Shelter Cove Towne Centre, a 42-acre mixed-use development, will be an upscale walking village encompassing 290,000 sq. ft. of retail, restaurant space and the very first Kroger Marketplace on Hilton Head Island. The project is a joint venture between Kroger Real Estate and Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial.

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