Opry Mills adds three professionals
Nashville, Tenn. — Opry Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Tennessee, has expanded its staff with the addition of three new professions. Natalie Smailis has been named marketing/tourism coordinator. Jamie Phillips will serve as guest services manager. Billy Patton will step into the role of director of operations.
In her new role, Smailis will support the director of marketing and business development in revenue generation and in the development and implementation of Opry Mills’ strategic marketing program. A recent graduate of Indiana State University, Smailis received a Master’s degree in Sport Management and a Bachelors of Science in Communications/PR.
As guest services manager, Phillips will take responsibility for gift card sales, distribution of mall directories and general shopper assistance. Phillips comes to Opry Mills with several years of experience in leasing and property management, customer service training, marketing and event coordination.
In the role of director of operations, Patton will oversee property maintenance, construction and contracted services at Opry Mills. Patton has served as operations director at several Simon Property Group properties including Arizona Mills in Tempe, Ariz.
Infinite Beauty to Manhattan
New York — Skincare specialist Infinite Beauty has leased its first New York City location at 1031 Third Avenue and 61st Street, according to Faith Hope Consolo, chairman, and Joseph Aquino, executive VP of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, which represented both the landlord and tenant in the transaction.
The retailer has stores in affluent areas along the east and west coasts, from Boca Raton, Fla., to Annapolis, Md., and White Plains, N.Y., to Roseville, N.Y., and Palo Alto, Calif.
Simon completes spin-off of Washington Prime
Indianapolis — Simon Property Group has completed the separation of Washington Prime Group Inc., which is now an independent public company that will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “WPG.”
Washington Prime holds interests in 98 retail assets, including the strip center business formerly owned by Simon.