The Rug Dept. opens in Norwood, Mass.
Hingham, Mass. — Building #19, the New England closeout retailer which shut its doors after declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2013, has returned as The Rug Dept. The company opened its first Rug Dept. store in the town of Norwood, Mass. on Jan. 26.
According to The Rug Dept. website, shipments have been arriving daily since at least Dec. 31. 2013 and a trailer of mats left Dalton, Ga. on Jan. 15. An email sent to Building #19 customers on Dec. 6, 2013 contained a link to a Facebook page for The Rug Dept. announcing that The Rug Dept. would open soon as a specialty rug closeout retailer in the former Building #19 stores in the Massachusetts towns of Burlington, Norwood, and Weymouth. It is not clear if there are plans to reopen any full-line Building #19 stores.
Value-adding at Tri-Land
Tri-Land Properties is demonstrating the power of value added retail real estate investing with its extensive renovation of Fridley Market at the intersection of University Avenue and I-694 in Fridley, Minn.
Tri-Land is a full-service, real estate development and redevelopment company focused on the successful acquisition, development, renovation and management of community centers ranging in size from 100,000 sq. ft. to 750,000 sq. ft.
The company specializes in identifying distressed and undervalued properties and transforming them into dynamic commercial centers that generate steady consumer traffic and produce returns for investors.
The $21 million renovation of the 20-acre, 164,847-sq.-ft. Fridley Market community center is improving the center’s buildings, infrastructure, lighting, sidewalks and parking lot, while adding new buildings.
“What we’ve done is much more than a cosmetic facelift,” said Richard Dube, Tri-Land’s president. “This renovation has virtually reinvented Fridley Market as a retail destination. The site has excellent fundamentals. Cub Foods is a great anchor tenant. The surrounding area has a solid demographic profile, and the accessibility and visibility are outstanding.”
When Tri-Land acquired the shopping center in 2006, it was 73% leased.
The demographics suggested that the site could do much better. The population within the three-mile ring is about 97,000. Average annual household income is over $73,000.
The traffic count along I-694 is 141,000 cars per day. University Avenue counts another 37,000 cars per day. A new passenger rail stop is just two blocks away.
Tri-Land’s repositioning plan identified six goals:
• Downsize anchor Cub Foods, the region’s dominant grocer, from 104,000 sq. ft. to 65,000 sq. ft. Cub bore the expensive of the remodeling, the most extensive in the supermarket’s history.
• Construct a new liquor store for longtime tenant Fridley Liquor, also at Cub’s expense.
• Construct two new 10,000-sq.-ft. out-lot buildings facing the new Cub Foods store.
• Add 60,000 sq. ft. junior anchor space to the space vacated by Cub.
• Renovate common areas to a new shopping center quality environment.
• Construct up to 30,000 sq. ft. of retail or hotel space on a southern outparcel that abuts I-694.
New tenants include Great Clips, a new free standing McDonald’s and a 15,000-sq.-ft. restaurant anchor, Teppanyaki Grill.
Overall sq. ft. has increased from 164,837 to 184,279.
Tri-Land is currently planning the final phase of the redevelopment: the construction of 30,000 sq. ft. of additional retail space or a limited service hotel — which has already been approved — on the southern 2.5-acre outparcel.
Tri-Land estimates that when the entire redevelopment has been completed, the internal rate of return will reach 20%.
cloudBuy Appoints Jonathan Holden as CEO, EMEA
cloudBuy, a cloud e-commerce marketplace, has named Jonathan Holden as CEO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, reporting into the company’s board.
The company will look to Holden to help drive expansion and oversee global partnerships, including Visa.
Holden joins cloudBuy from Visa, where he served as Visa Europe VP of commercial solutions. He was head of market development for commercial solutions across 34 countries, and previously, head of public sector across 36 countries and led Visa’s participation in the U.K. government procurement card program.
More recently he has headed pre-paid for Visa AP (Australia) Pty Ltd in the Australian market and worked with cloudBuy to take the e-commerce marketplace into the pre-paid disbursements for government, insurance and corporate incentives. Prior to joining Visa he had a long career with Barclaycard heading up various areas including product development, large corporate and public sectors.
"I am really excited to be joining cloudBuy to accelerate the uptake of its products in this significant new market. I believe that cloudBuy has the best product set in the market and these are exciting times, as the business to business market starts the transition to electronic procurement and payments," said Holden.
"We are delighted that Jonathan is joining us, he really understands both cloudBuy and Visa. His extensive experience rolling out products to large corporate and government on a global basis is a perfect fit for cloudBuy," added executive chairman Ronald Duncan.