Las Olas Plaza/Chicago Botanic Garden Shop
Las Olas Plaza has a light, breezy feel that complements its beachside setting. The architectural form of the 47,662-sq.-ft. center was inspired by, and resembles, the billowing sails of boats in nearby Acapulco Bay. A grand rotunda with a sloping skylight roof defines the main entrance of the mall. The interior features tall clerestory windows, which allow for plenty of natural light, and a colorful wave-like mosaic in varying shades of ocean blue. The flooring is a honed and polished porcelain tile in complementing shades of beach-sand colors fashioned in curved, overlapping patterns.
The Chicago Botanic Garden Shop redefines its retail space with a dynamic environment that presents product “stories” crafted around horticulture, botany and related arts. Panoramic windows overlooking the grounds are incorporated into the merchandise setups, with the lush views and natural light serving as an ideal backdrop for the interpretive product displays. A bold graphic frieze featuring subtle messages, soft colors, plant silhouettes and other images about the garden runs along the upper wall, unifying the 3,660-sq.-ft. space.
Stage Stores says Peebles evp to retire
HOUSTON Stage Stores today announced that Dennis Abramczyk, evp and coo of its Peebles Division, will be retiring after approximately nine years with the company. He will continue to serve in his position until a replacement is found.
Jim Scarborough, chairman and ceo, commented, “We want to thank Dennis for his contributions and service to our company, and we wish him well as he begins this new phase of his life. We will immediately begin a search for his successor, and we are pleased that Dennis will be staying on until the conclusion of our search process, as this will ensure a smooth and orderly transition.”
Home Depot to cut 500 HQ jobs
ATLANTA Home Depot is cutting 500 jobs at its headquarters. According to reports the cuts make up 10% of the 5,000 employees who work at the headquarters.
The cuts are partly due to the struggling U.S. economy, which has hurt market conditions, reports said. Employees were notified of the eliminations today, they will be paid through April 4.
Home Depot reported fiscal 2007 third quarter consolidated net earnings of $1.1 billion, or 60 cents per diluted share, compared with $1.5 billion, or 73 cents per diluted share, in the same period in fiscal 2006.