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Organized Living to Dispose Leases

BY CSA STAFF

Great Neck, N.Y., Keen Realty has been retained to market and dispose of Organized Living’s retail leasehold interests throughout the United States. The storage-and-organization products retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection eight weeks ago.

Sites to be disposed of range from 17,000 sq. ft. to 26,000 sq. ft., mostly in shopping centers. Keen’s marketing efforts will culminate in an auction on July 25, with a deadline of July 21 for bid submission.

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Panera Bread to Expand in California

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Richmond Heights, Mo., Panera Bread announced a franchise agreement with Pangenera, LLC for expansion in California. The group plans to develop 15 bakery-cafes in San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties by 2010. Panera Bread currently operates 773 units (243 company-owned and 530 franchised).

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Chain Store Sales Fall in Latest Week

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New York City, U.S. chain store sales fell 1% for the week ended May 28, compared to a 0.2% dip the previous week, according to a joint report from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and UBS. Cooler weather slowed consumer purchases of seasonal goods, taking the index to its lowest reading in nine weeks, according to the report. Sales for the same week a year ago rose 3.1%, after a 3.7% increase the preceding week.

“With the industry facing a tough comparison in May 2005 against May 2004’s 5.7% increase and less-than-favorable weather, the industry performed reasonably well over the past four weeks,” said Michael Niemira, ICSC chief economist and director of research, in a statement.

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