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Retail vet joins Grubb & Ellis

BY CSA STAFF

Santa Ana, Calif. Grubb & Ellis Co. announced that Branson Edwards has joined the company as executive VP, managing director of the company’s Retail Occupier Services Group, effective immediately.

Edwards brings 19 years of experience that includes executive positions in the retail and retail real estate services industries.

Based in the Chicago office, Edwards will lead the newly created group, developed to deliver strategic consulting, tenant representation brokerage, asset management, project management, lease administration and facilities management services to retailers nationally.

As part of his responsibility, Edwards will develop the company’s Retail Tenant Representation Practice Group, as well as recruit experienced retail corporate services and tenant representation brokerage professionals throughout the country.

Edwards served as senior VP store development for Blinds To Go and as regional VP and director of real estate at Hollywood Entertainment. In addition, he has held positions in the corporate real estate departments of Boston Chicken and Burger King Corp.

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Office Depot launches ‘Top 30 Gifts’ promotion

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BOCA RATON, Fla. Office Depot announced that starting this week, customers can head to an Office Depot retail store or www.top30smartgifts.com to find the “must-have” smart gift items for everyone on their holiday shopping list.

Office Depot’s “Top 30 Smart Gifts” list features this year’s hottest products combined with extraordinary savings that will help holiday shoppers “give more and spend less” this season, according to the company. These “Smart Gifts” are indicated both in-store and online by a “Smart Gift” icon that appears next to the product.

 

“By providing our customers with great value and selection on some of the most sought-after gifts this season, paired with helpful gift-giving advice, Office Depot is on a mission to help customers shop smarter,” said Chuck Rubin, president of North American Retail for Office Depot. “Whether you are looking for the new Sony Pocket Reader, a stylish Ed Hardy iPhone case, or a Cross pen set for a co-worker, you can find a gift that will fit nearly anyone’s budget at Office Depot.”

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Target.com adds new holiday features

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MINNEAPOLIS Target announced that it has introduced new features to its Web site to make finding and purchasing holiday gifts easier.

“At Target.com, we are committed to providing our guests with easy and priced-right shopping solutions,” says Steve Eastman, president of Target.com. “Our online tools and new mobile functionality will help our guests find the perfect gifts and incredible deals, making their holiday shopping experience even more convenient and affordable.”

 

One of the features is the “Christmas at Target” section on Target.com. The section includes tools for creating shopping lists, finding gifts at various price points and performing a catalog search. Mobile access will also be available to many of these tools.

 

Target.com now also includes a “Daily Deals” section that offers up to 50% off and free shipping on five products each day.

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