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Kroger: Will expand FoodsCo in Oakland

BY CSA STAFF

Oakland, Calif. Kroger Co. said Monday it will open two new stores under its FoodsCo banner in two East Oakland, Calif., neighborhoods by 2012, according to a report by Supermarket News.

The stores are being planned in underserved areas of East Oakland that have been without local grocery stores for 20 years, the report said, citing Oakland’s Economic Development Agency.

FoodsCo is a price-impact, warehouse-style banner Kroger Co. operates in California.

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Regency names investment VP in Los Angeles

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Regency Centers said Monday it has appointed John T. Mehigan as VP investments.

Located in the company’s Los Angeles office, Mehigan will be responsible for identifying, evaluating, and structuring profitable retail development opportunities throughout Southern California, said Regency.

Most recently, Mehigan served as senior development manager for Panattoni Development Co.

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Lego opens in Manhattan

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New York City Danish toymaker Lego has opened its first location in Manhattan. The two-level, 3,000-sq.-ft. store, in Rockefeller Center, is filled with intricate Lego displays (built by the company’s “Master Builders” who travel the world building specialized Lego projects) of familiar Manhattan landmarks.

The first floor features a wall with hundreds of bubbles filled with individual Lego pieces, including hard-to-find items. Customers are given a small cup and can mix and match the pieces.

The upper level has a play area, and a Master Builder Bar with computers and printers that allow customers to shop and ship, print out specialized building instructions, or design their own Lego kit and have it custom made. An area for Lego-themed birthday parties is also available.

The Manhattan store is based on Lego’s new prototype, which it debuted in Concord, N.C., in 2009. It’s part of an expansion strategy that will give the toy company an estimated 53 stores by yearend.

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