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Mark Tuffin takes reins at Smith’s

BY CSA STAFF

CINCINNATI — Kroger banner Smith’s has a new president.Mark Tuffin will succeed Jim Hallsey, who is retiring from his post after 47 years of service with Smith’s and Kroger, the supermarket retailer announced Tuesday. Hallsey served in his role as president of Smith’s since 2001.

Tuffin, who most recently served as Kroger’s VP transition, leading the company’s efforts to implement significant organizational changes between all areas of the business, brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role. Tuffin joined Smith’s in 1996.

"Mark possesses remarkable leadership skills and experience in both the Smith’s division and leading Kroger’s transition efforts," Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen said. "Despite the challenges of organizational change, he never lost sight of our core mission to put the customer first. We are pleased Mark has accepted this new role."

Smith’s operates 133 stores throughout 7 Western states.

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Pleasant Hill Shopping Center, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

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Jacksonville, Fla.-based Regency Centers’ Pleasant Hill (Calif.) Shopping Center has more going for it than a vibrant market and a strong anchor lineup. Ross Dress for Less has debuted in the 234,000-sq.-ft. center with its 1,000th store location.

Ross’s new 30,000-sq.-ft. store opened on July 16, bringing Pleasant Hill to 99% occupancy. Other tenants include Target, Toys “R” Us and Barnes & Noble Booksellers alongside national retailers including Men’s Wearhouse, Payless ShoeSource, GameStop, Metro PCS and soon-to-open In-N-Out Burger.

Regency has 17 Ross Dress for Less stores in its portfolio, totaling 278,612 sq. ft., with four stores located in Northern California. With the addition of the Pleasant Hill Shopping Center location, Ross Dress for Less operates 50 stores in the Bay Area.

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Chapel Hills Mall unveils ‘Where to Shop’ campaign

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Colorado Springs, Colo. — Addison, Texas-based Coyote Management, L.P. and Garrison Investment Group, through their affiliates, acquired Chapel Hills Mall on June 1, and since have made changes that include a new ad campaign themed “Where to Shop.”

Launched July 1, the campaign offers the message: ‘Shop here because we have what you need’ and is being communicated through radio, television, newspaper, direct mail, in-mall signage, wall graphics and interior and exterior banners.

In addition to a new ad campaign, the mall has re-opened Guest Service, located on the second floor near Gap, which offers a new MasterCard gift-card program, strollers, lost and found and fax/copy service. A new website was launched in June and will include social media initiatives. All enhancements are intended to increase the shopper experience, said Coyote, as well as give the best service possible and drive additional sales and traffic to the mall.

Other property enhancements taking place this summer and fall include new monument sign upgrades at all entrances, extensive landscape upgrades to the exterior and interior of the mall, lighting projects in the court areas, painting projects and entrance upgrades with added service court walls and Colorado-themed murals.

“Our company philosophy upon acquiring new centers is to assess what is needed and make immediate positive changes to give our customers the best shopping experience possible,” said Kymberley Scalia, corporate director of marketing for Coyote Management, L.P. “Adding these key amenities and upgrades is crucial to building awareness and driving traffic to the shopping center.”

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