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Howard Group Announces VP of Operations

BY CSA STAFF

Howard Group, a development company specializing in award-winning retail, office, marina, mixed-use developments and residential communities on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, recently announced the addition of Bill Bubel as VP of operations for the company’s properties. Bubel will be responsible for leading the property teams and overseeing all aspects of property management for Howard Group including operations and contractors, financial reporting, marketing, tenant and customer relations and much more.

Bubel comes to Howard Group with over 20 years of experience including specializing in client relationships, tenant and customer relations, financial management, regional and local leasing, marketing, and construction. For the previous nine years, Bubel worked for Jones Lang LaSalle Retail, the largest third-party shopping center manager of more than 100 different properties.

In his new position, Bubel will work closely with the leasing, tenant coordination and construction departments as Howard Group moves forward with new tenant opportunities and future developments. He will also be responsible for developing new operating policies and procedures, ensuring that all properties maintain the standard of excellence in appearance and customer satisfaction expected of a Howard Group property.

Bubel’s many accomplishments throughout his career include a Merritt Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) Maxi program, an international marketing competition that recognizes excellence in shopping center marketing, for a specialty-leasing program. Bubel also has earned his Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) certification. Since his arrival to this area five years ago, Bubel has been an active member of various civic and community organizations, serving on the board of directors of local chambers and convention visitors bureaus.

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Report: Gap Inc. focus on retooling stores

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NEW YORK Gap Inc. is refocusing its efforts on using its existing real estate to create smaller stores, rather than open new stores, ceo Glenn Murphy siad at the PiperJaffray conference, according to The Associated Press.

According to the AP, Murphy said that Gap has too many stores that are too large for anything other than flaghsips or signature locations. The stores are 12,500 square feet each. Murphy said stores should ideally be between 6,000 square feet and 10,000 square feet.

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Winn-Dixie: Publix, Albertson’s deal won’t affect performance

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Commenting on the recent news that Albertson’s LLC will sell its 49 Florida stores to Publix Super Markets, Winn-Dixie chairman, president and ceo Peter Lynch, said that the transaction should not have a major impact on his company’s performance.

“Based on our analysis, only 10 of the 49 stores are within a two-mile operating radius of a Winn-Dixie location that does not currently compete with an existing Publix,” said Lynch. As a result, we do not believe this transaction will have a material impact on our long-term strategy or performance. Our remodeled stores continue to generate positive results. As we move forward, we will monitor business conditions and fine-tune product assortment, pricing and merchandizing efforts in each store to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

Albertson’s said it has accepted an offer from Publix Super Markets to purchase 49 of the company’s stores in Florida. The company intends to operate its remaining Florida division stores with the ongoing support of its distribution center in Plant City and division office in Lake Mary, Florida. The acquisition is expected to be complete in September.

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