REAL ESTATE

Piola opens at The Mercato

BY CSA STAFF

Naples, Fla. The Lutgert Cos. said Tuesday that Italian pizzeria Piola has opened at The Mercato in Naples, Fla., the latest of several new restaurants and retailers to open in the new lifestyle center.

Founded in Treviso, Italy in 1986, Piola currently operates five U.S. pizzeria locations — in New York City, Miami, Miami Beach and Hallandale Beach, Fla., and Washington, D.C. — in addition to locations in Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. There are plans to open future locations in the midtown section of Atlanta and in Istanbul, Turkey.

“We are very happy to open our first location on the Gulf Coast of Florida,” said Dante Carniato, one of the two founding brothers of the Piola concept. “We look forward to serving our new customers in Southwest Florida with the same attention to quality and service that we have provided now for many years at our other international locations.”

Located on 53 acres at the intersection of U.S. 41 North and Vanderbilt Beach Road, The Mercato is a premier lifestyle community that will combine condominium living with shopping, dining and entertainment.  

The project is a joint venture of Lutgert and the Barron Collier Cos.

When completed, The Mercato will provide nearly 330,000 sq. ft. of Main Street-style retail and restaurants, 140,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space and 175 luxury residential units.

Among the major tenants at The Mercato are Whole Foods Market, Books-A-Million, Coldwater Creek, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Sur La Table, Signatures, Z Gallerie, Swim ’n Sport and Gigi’s Children’s Boutique.

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Ross Stores to sponsor Boys & Girls Club homework program

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PLEASANTON, Calif. Ross Stores announced its national sponsorship of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) Power Hour, an interactive after-school homework assistance program for members, ages six to 18.

As a part of this partnership, Ross Stores will underwrite the implementation of Power Hour at certain Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Additionally, Ross Stores will support local Clubs at select Ross Dress for Less and dd’s DISCOUNTS grand opening events, and encourage associate volunteerism at Clubs.

“Ross is committed to supporting the families in the neighborhoods we serve,” said Jane Marvin, SVP human resources of Ross Stores. “Through the Power Hour program, youth can develop the study skills and homework habits they need to excel academically and graduate from high school.”

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Whole Foods launches recipe app

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AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods Market has launched a new application for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows users to access more than 2,000 recipes.

Searchable by ingredient, special diets, and other elements like “budget” and “family friendly,” each recipe contains detailed preparation instructions and nutritional information, which can be copied and pasted, saved as a personal “favorite,” and emailed from within the App itself. The App also includes an “On Hand” feature where customers can enter ingredients and get back meal recommendations.

 

“We’re delighted to provide iPhone and iPod touch users with yet another way to explore their passion for food and health,” said Bill Tolany, global coordinator of integrated media for Whole Foods Market. “We’re particularly excited about the On Hand feature as a way to answer the ever so popular ‘What’s for dinner?’ question.”

 

Built with the new iPhone OS 3.0 software, the app also comes with a store locator, where customers use a ZIP code search or the iPhone’s built-in location finder to view in-app maps and identify their nearest Whole Foods Market. Each store page contains operating hours, phone and address, and links to maps, directionsand even store specials.

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