STORE SPACES

Registration now open for SPECS/2017

BY Katherine Boccaccio

SPECS, the “Retail Event for Store Innovation,” has officially opened registration for its 53rd annual conference, to be held next March.

SPECS/2017, exclusively produced by Chain Store Age, is a diverse, dy-namic and engaging window into the world of retail, offering an annual opportunity for education and networking. A lineup of more than 30 workshops and sessions will cover topics and issues that impact store de-sign, construction and maintenance.

Highlighted sessions at SPECS/2017 include:

· Click ‘n Mortar: Hear from pure-play retailers who are making the leap (some in a big way) into brick-and-mortar.

· The Next Great Thing: A must-attend for forward-thinking retailers! Discussion topics include hot new technologies, retail incubators and journey maps.

· ADA Super Session: A two-hour, in-depth workshop on the Americans with Disabilities Act is led by the nation’s foremost ADA expert.

SPECS/2017 dates are March 12-14, and the conference location is the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee (Orlando), Florida.

To qualify for early-bird pricing, register here.

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REAL ESTATE

Ground is broken at Kentucky value center

BY Al Urbanski

Construction is underway at a planned 185,000-sq.-ft. center that will bring a top-level roster of value retailers to the western Kentucky town of Hopkinsville. Thompson Thrift is the developer.

Hopkinsville Town Center, located just north of Clarksville on the Tennessee border, will count Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Ross Dress for Less, Ulta, Burke’s Outlet, Hibbett Sporting Goods, and Rack Room Shoes among its tenants when it opens in late 2017 or early 2018.

While almost completely leased out, approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of space remains available inline and on an outparcel adjacent to the future home of Panera Bread.

Leasing is being handled by The Shopping Center Group.


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Nominations open for most influential women in retail tech

BY Marianne Wilson

Who are the leading women working in retail technology? Chain Store Age is accepting nominations for its annual feature recognizing female executives who are helping to transform the retail industry through technology.

The “Top 10 Women in Tech” will celebrate the achievements of female executives from all areas of retail technology. The winners will be profiled in a special section of the January 2017 issue of Chain Store Age, as well as in an online report on chainstoreage.com.

Please email your nomination to Chain Store Age tech editor Deena Amato-McCoy at [email protected].

The deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 21.

Only women who work in a C-suite or other senior executive role for a retail or tech company are eligible for consideration. All retail sectors are eligible, from supermarkets and drug stores to specialty stores and discounters to pure online merchants.

The nomination should include:

• Name, company and professional title; and

• BRIEF description (bullet points are fine) of why nominee should be considered, including individual’s job scope, most recent accomplishments and any noteworthy ongoing projects.

All nominations will remain strictly confidential.

To see last year’s “Top 10 Women in Retail”report, click here.

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