Hammond Square celebrates grand opening
Hammond, La. Stirling Properties said Wednesday that the grand-opening celebration for Hammond Square will be Oct. 1 through Oct. 4.
“We’ve built over 2.5 million sq. ft. of shopping centers in the last seven years, but this one is unique,” said Jimmy Maurin, owner of Hammond Square and chairman of Stirling Properties. “Our vision for the redevelopment was to provide a more significant retail offering for the market. Hammond Square, in my opinion, is the center of the future of retail in the region.”
After the ribbon cutting, the Hammond Square shopping experience will begin with the opening of stores such as Books-A-Million, Maurices, Rue 21, Hibbett Sports, Foot Locker and Coach House Gifts. Existing tenants include Target, Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Sears, AMC Theatres, Best Buy, T.J. Maxx, Rite-Aid and Raising Cane’s.
Originally developed as the 430,000-sq.-ft. Hammond Square Mall, the new Hammond Square will be twice the original size and is designed as a combination power/lifestyle center.
Walmart brings back $10 toys
BENTONVILLE, Ark. Walmart announced that it is bringing back its $10 toys section in all stores and expanding its $10 holiday assortment this year to more than 100 toys.
According to the company, the $10 toys assortment is the first of several programs Walmart will announce this holiday season to bring 12 weeks of added savings in a year that has been increasingly tough on consumer wallets.
“With the popularity of our ’10 for $10′ toy program last October, we knew it was important for customers that we bring it back and offer an even greater amount of $10 toys this year,” said Laura Phillips, chief toy officer and VP toys for Walmart. “We began working months ago to ensure we could also introduce many toys at just $10 for this holiday program, as well as roll back prices at a time when our customers were ready to make purchases.”
Toys in the $10 assortment include Transformers Action Figures, board games and Play-Doh.
ECRM names new VP general merchandise
CLEVELAND, Ohio ECRM has named Cheryl Gherlone VP general merchandise. Gherlone joined the ECRM team in June of 2009, assisting with various sales related responsibilities and researching potential new events. In her new position, Gherlone will work jointly with Paul Wendling of ECRM. This organizational change will become effective on Oct. 1.
Prior to joining ECRM, Gherlone held the position of marketing manager for Longs Drug Stores, with responsibility for general merchandise including stationery, electronics, housewares, hardware, automotive, soft goods as well as liquor & beverages.
“With such a solid background, Cheryl will be an exceptional complement to ECRM and the GM category. We look forward to her expertise to lead the advancement of this important category. Her leadership will strengthen our ability to improve existing GM shows and expand show offerings in 2010,” said Charlie Bowlus, CEO of ECRM.