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Presidio Junction readies for vertical development

BY CSA STAFF

Fort Worth, Texas LNR Commercial Property Group, based in Newport Beach, Calif., said Thursday it is putting the finishing touches on infrastructure construction at its mixed-use development Presidio Junction in north Fort Worth.

The 300-acre development will feature more than 1 million sq. ft. of retail, restaurants and shops, 1,300 apartment units and 750,000 sq. ft. of fitness, hotel and Class A office space.

Vertical construction has already begun on 348 apartment units within the development that will begin leasing this summer.

The retail component of Presidio Junction is being handled by The Weitzman Group; the first major retailers will include a Lowe’s home improvement center, along with other national chains set to open next year.  Restaurants in the works include three sit-down restaurants and four quick-service concepts.

“Presidio Junction is ideally positioned at a high-profile site in the I-35W corridor, which has seen an explosion of growth due to its key position as the most important north-west thoroughfare in the trade area,” said Brian Glaser, president of the D/FW Commercial Retail Division of The Weitzman Group.

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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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