REAL ESTATE

HBD and grocer Dierbergs team to build St. Louis store

BY Katherine Boccaccio

St. Louis — HBD Construction said Thursday that it teamed with grocer Dierbergs to build a freestanding store in St. Louis that features an underground parking garage.

The 80,000-sq.-ft. store, located on 6.5 acres, is the first St. Louis-area supermarket to offer covered parking, with 42% of its parking spaces planned for a brightly lit lower-level garage. The construction completion date is estimated to be July 31.

The site plan provides customer and cart escalators and elevators leading directly into the supermarket. It will be the chain’s first multi-level store and will have a 5,000-sq.-ft. mezzanine.

The Jacobs Group served as the design architects while Dawdy & Associates are serving as architect of record and working drawings.

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REAL ESTATE

CSA columnist talks real estate in Kansas City

BY CSA STAFF

Kansas City, Mo.Chain Store Age real estate columnist Jeff Green, featured regularly on Chainstoreage.com’s community page with his “Retail Rap with Jeff Green” commentary, was interviewed by the Kansas City Star about trends in retail real estate.

Click here to read the story.

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OPERATIONS

Casual Male representative teams with Great American Group for Kuwait store opening

BY Staff Writer

Woodland Hills, Calif. — Kuwait-based trading and contracting company The Standard Arabian Business & Enterprises Co., which represents Casual Male, said Thursday it will use Great American Group GA Store Opening Services program for a retail location in Kuwait.

The Sabeco project represents the first time Great American Group’s new Store Opening Services have been used outside the United States.

Through the GA Store Opening Services program, a team of Great American retail associates are assigned to work with the retailer, receiving training on how to merchandise the retailer’s products.

"The goal of our program is to eliminate the need for retailers to assign their managers, district managers and staff from other stores in order to get a new store opened efficiently," said Billy Nichols, senior VP of merchandising for GA Retail.

Working in conjunction with Sabeco, Casual Male-DXL’s trading partner in Kuwait, a Great American Group consultant team develops a schedule and conducts a complete store set-up in two weeks.

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