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Guitar Center names communications chief

BY Staff Writer

New York — Guitar Center has named Christopher Ian Bennett as the company’s first-ever VP communications and corporate affairs.

In his previous role, Bennett led Best Buy Canada’s corporate communications department under Mike Pratt, who is Guitar Center’s new CEO.

In his new role, Bennett will be responsible for the overall internal and external communications strategy of Guitar Center and affiliated brands, and will be charged with driving a clear and singular message.

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El Balcon De Las Americas signs into Pembroke Pines, Fla.

BY Michael Fickes

MiamiEl Balcon de las Americas is bringing its Colombian food menu to Westfork Plaza in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Terranova Corp. represented the shopping center in the transaction. The 2,335-sq.-ft. location at Westfork Plaza is the young chain’s fifth location in South Florida.

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First Canadian Premium Outlet Centre opens in Toronto

BY Michael Fickes

Halton Hills, OntarioSimon Property Group has announced the opening of Toronto Premium Outlets™, the first Premium Outlet Centre in Canada. The development is a 50/50 joint venture with Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust.

The 358,000-sq.-ft. center includes 90 outlet stores, including Hudson’s Bay Outlet, Banana Republic, Bench, Bose, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Cole Haan, Columbia Sportswear, DKNY, Dynamite, Eddie Bauer, Gap Outlet, Garage, Guess, Icebreaker, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Lucky Brand Jeans, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Ted Baker London, True Religion and Zumiez.

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