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Magento expands capabilities

BY Dan Berthiaume

King of Prussia, Pa. – eBay Enterprise, an eBay Inc. company, is releasing Magento Enterprise Edition 1.14.2. Magento’s new solutions include new automated product category sorting capabilities, integration of Google Tag Manager, and access to new automated functional tests.

In addition, the Magento Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) enables retailers to create custom iOS applications, as well as provides a sample app that merchants can customize to accelerate their development.

The Magento platform also now integrates with Braintree to offer retailers enhanced online payment capabilities. Merchants can integrate Braintree with their Magento store, accept payments globally and rely on managed fraud protection via Kount, offered through the Braintree extension.

Magento is also announcing a new extension for the New Relic software analytics platform. This extension will give merchants visibility into their hosting environment health and application performance, so they can identify the root cause of issues and consider new ideas for improving site performance. Leveraging the New Relic Insights service, Magento customers can also track data such as order activity, average order value, catalog size, installed modules, and more so they can get a better understanding of how site configuration and performance influence conversion.

Adding to its roster of cloud hosting and technology providers, Magento now partners with Lagrange Systems to help retailers provide an optimal customer experience no matter where they host their sites. Lagrange Systems, a new Magento Gold Technology Partner, has developed a solution called CloudMaestro to provide unrivaled speed and availability in cloud deployments. It proactively optimizes website performance, dynamically scales with traffic demands, increases cloud throughput, and self-heals server resources to ensure cloud-hosted Magento sites have the capacity they need, even during periods of peak demand.

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Orangetheory Fitness coming to Long Island shopping centers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Jericho, N.Y. – Orangetheory Fitness, a fitness studio that uses heart-rate monitoring technology and interval training to improve and increase the workout experience, is expanding in Long Island. The fitness studio’s upcoming New York expansion includes Syosset at the Syosset Corners Shopping Center and in Melville in Melville.

Both locations scheduled to open in 2015. The landlord for the Syosset location is Kabro of Syosset, LLC. and the property is managed by Kabro Associates. The landlord for the Melville location is Melville 500 Associates, LLC. and managed by Pliskin Realty & Development. Daniel Glazer from Ripco Real Estate represented Orangetheory in both transactions and in Melville, Pliskin Realty and Development was represented by Chris Wierzbicki.

Orangetheory Fitness targets spaces approximately 2,700 sq. ft. to 3,200 sq. ft. The company currently has 200 open locations and 400 more in development nationwide, 70 of which are currently under construction. Orangetheory Fitness is represented by Daniel Glazer of Ripco Real Estate. On Long Island there are plans for future locations and sites can be sent to him.

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P.F. Chang’s coming to Streets of St. Charles development

BY Dan Berthiaume

Peoria, Ill. – P.F. Chang’s will be coming to the mixed-use Streets of St. Charles development in St. Charles, Missouri. The restaurant, which will be P.F. Chang’s first location in St. Charles County, will feature an Asian-inspired decor and offer outdoor bistro seating along the pedestrian-friendly streetscape.

Construction is expected to begin summer 2015, with an anticipated opening in early 2016.

“We are thrilled to be adding P. F. Chang’s to the Streets of St. Charles,” said Kathleen Brill, VP, director of leasing for Cullinan Properties, Ltd., the owner and developer of the Streets of St. Charles. “P. F. Chang’s is a well-known national brand and they are a wonderful complement to the Streets of St. Charles and the phenomenal dining options already here.”

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