Rooftop solar program awarded top honors by ICSC
Las Vegas Developers Diversified Realty Corp. announced that the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) presented the company with the “Best-of-the-Best” award during its annual conference in Las Vegas, called RECon, for the company’s innovative rooftop solar panel program.
“Best-of-the-Best” awards honor and recognize the top examples of shopping center design and development, sustainability, marketing, and community service worldwide. Developers Diversified was awarded top honors in the marketing category.
Developers Diversified entered into a partnership last year with solar energy services provider, SunEdison, for the rights to deploy solar energy systems at over 200 shopping centers throughout the United States. Between December 2009 and February 2010, solar panel arrays were activated at Developers Diversified shopping centers in New Jersey.
The active projects in New Jersey are located at Nassau Park Pavilion in Princeton; Hamilton Marketplace in Hamilton; and Route 22 Retail Center in Union. These projects total over 143,000 sq. ft. of available roof space for solar panels and will generate approximately 1.4 million kilowatts (kWh) of solar energy in the first full year of operation. Over 20 years, the sites will generate approximately 26 million kilowatt-hours, enough energy to power over 2,400 homes for one year.
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The Forum Shops at Caesars announces 2010 retail openings
Las Vegas Indianapolis, Ind.-based Simon Property Group announced Thursday that its Forum Shops at Caesars is welcoming eight new retailers and restaurants. In addition, due to increasing sales and demand, six current retailers are expanding and remodeling their spaces.
“Strong sales performance and tenant mix continues to be our strong suit at The Forum Shops. Proven consistency is one of the primary reasons we are sought after by so many new and diverse retailers and restaurants,” said Vicki Hanor, executive VP of leasing, Simon Property Group.
New retailers for 2010, most of which are first to market, include P.J. Clarke’s, opening this fall; Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man, opening a 9,400-sq.-ft. location this summer; H&M, opening a 60,000-sq.-ft. flagship store in the fall; UGG, opening this fall; Christian Audigier, opening in the summer; True Religion Brand Jeans, opening this fall; Inglot, opening a cosmetics store this fall; and La Martina polo equipment and attire, opening in June.
Expanding retailers include Burberry, Cartier, St. John, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci and Versace.
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The G’s to open at Alden Bridge Village Center
The Woodlands, Texas Jacksonville, Fla.-based Regency Centers said it has leased restaurant space in The Woodlands, Texas, at Alden Bridge Village Center to The G’s.
The G’s has leased 1,600 sq. ft. and is slated to open in July.
The 138,952-sq.-ft. shopping center is anchored by Kroger alongside GNC, Walgreens and Subway.