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Report: Appeal filed against building permits for Walmart store in Los Angeles’ Chinatown

BY Staff Writer

New York — Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a Los Angeles community group, as filed an appeal against the building permits granted to Wal-Mart Stores to build a store in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood, the Associated Press reported.

The chain obtained necessary permits to build a 33,000-sq-ft. store last week, one day before the City Council was due to vote on a building moratorium for large retail chains in Chinatown, the report said.

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Tommy Bahama to make Manhattan debut

BY CSA STAFF

New York — Tommy Bahama will open its first New York City location in October.

Dubbed the Tommy Bahama “Manhattan Island,” the 8,500-sq.-ft. store will also include a bar and restaurant. It will be located in an Art Deco building on Fifth Avenue at 45th Street.

The tropics-inspired lifestyle apparel retailer has covered the façade of its store with a barricade featuring imagery of a woman in a bathing suit holding a tropical drink on the 5th Avenue side, and a man alongside a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and grass on 45th Street side.

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Gridiron Capital acquires Quality Solutions

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New Canaan Conn. — Gridiron Capital, LLC, in partnership with the founder and existing management team of Quality Sollutions Inc. announced the acquisition of QSI.

Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, QSI is a leading manager of facility services for retail and foodservice customers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Through a network of over 23,000 local vendors, QSI provides a range of over 75 trades including electrician, handyman, and HVAC repair to over 9,000 client locations. The company also offers customers unique national project management and light construction capabilities, coordinating jobs such as remodels, retrofits and rollouts across hundreds of client locations.

Gridiron will support QSI’s management team as it maintains the company’s emphasis on developing excellent customer and vendor relationships, while positioning QSI to be the provider of choice for national scale customers.

Eric Dunn, chairman and founder of QSI stated: “QSI has been successful because of our unwavering commitment to our customers, vendors and employees. We are partnering with Gridiron because I believe that they share our company’s core values and bring with them the operating expertise and financial resources to help QSI reach the next level of success.”

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