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Rick Caruso launches Linkedin Influencer blog

BY Michael Fickes

New York — Rick Caruso, founder and CEO of Caruso Affiliated has launched a new blog on LinkedIn Influencers, an exclusive blog site for influential thought leaders. To read his inaugural post, visit post, ”The Indoor Mall is Dead, But Physical Retail Thrives.”

In it, Caruso outlines his views on the current status of traditional retail and his vision for the future of brick-and-mortar. The column will continue to explore the evolution of real estate, retail and business.

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DDR releases 2013 corporate social responsibility report

BY Michael Fickes

Beachwood, Ohio — DDR Corp has published its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility report, which can be viewed at csr.ddr.com. The report features various initiatives taken by DDR employees throughout 2013

“Our employees across the United States, Puerto Rico and Brazil are finding innovative ways to deliver results that elevate our business performance, and do so in a way that promotes environmental, philanthropic and civic appreciation,” said Daniel B. Hurwitz, chief executive officer of DDR.

To that end, DDR and its employees elevated awareness in 2013 through charitable contributions and volunteering for various civic and non-profit organizations. Additionally, the company advanced its focus on building and maintaining a progressive corporate culture by further investing in training and professional development for all employees. Lastly, from an environmental perspective, the company improved upon numerous sustainability initiatives aimed at energy reduction, water conservation and recycling.

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Two new retailers sign into Glen Town Center in Glenview, Ill.

BY Michael Fickes

Chicago — Forever Yogurt and T’s Code, a women’s clothing boutique, have leased shops in Glen Town Center in Glenview, Ill. Forever Yogurt has taken 1,134 sq. ft., and T’s Code will occupy 1,789 sq. ft. CBRE represented the landlord, Bank of America Commercial Mortgage, in both leases.

The 469,000-sq.-ft. Glen town Center recently added several new tenants including Pinot’s Palette, Mooyah (burgers), The Curragh Irish Pub, Mingle Juice Shop, and two women’s boutiques in Stella 315 and Ella Louvi. Anchor tenants include Von Mauer, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ulta and a Regal Cinema.

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