DEVELOPMENT/REDEVELOPMENT

Salt Lake City retail and entertainment center to undergo $30 million revitalization

BY Melonie Messina

Salt Lake City — Vestar, in a joint venture with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, announced that it has acquired a 623,205 sq. ft. open-air retail and entertainment center within The Gateway located in downtown Salt Lake City.

The Gateway, a retail, residential and office complex was built in 2001, is situated on 21 acres and has more than 100 regional and national retailers and restaurants. Tenants include Apothica, Bastille, Bout Time Pub & Grub, Clark Planetarium & IMAX Theatre, Francesca’s, Lucky Brand Jeans, Urban Outfitters, Wiseguys Comedy Club and more.

"Salt Lake City is undergoing a dramatic transformation, rapidly attracting millennials and entrepreneurial firms in the private sector including technology and finance," said David Larcher, president for Vestar. "We are confident in our vision to create a landmark destination where visitors, residents and employees will be excited to shop, dine, celebrate and engage."

Larcher noted that Vestar has a strategic plan in place to invest $30 million in revitalizing and rebranding the center. This investment is aimed at attracting an eclectic mix of national and regional retailers catering to the vibrant, multi-cultural landscape of the Salt Lake Valley. Vestar is focused on enhancing the property’s food and beverage offerings to incorporate unique chef-driven concepts, and presenting over 300 property events annually.

“Salt Lake City is one of the leading areas for educated urban professionals," said Mark Jacobs, managing director of Oaktree. "Our goal is to create a social hub that offers an unbeatable retail mix, full range of dining options and broad array of entertainment."

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Amazon makes a delivery deal with UK grocer

BY CSA STAFF

Amazon is about to launch its biggest venture into food outside of the United States.

The online giant will deliver groceries to Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Pantry customers in the United Kingdom under a new wholesale supply deal it has struck with Morrisons, the U.K.’s fourth-largest supermarket chain.

Under the arrangement, Morrisons will supply fresh, frozen and non-perishable goods to Amazon customers, starting later this year.

“The combination of our fresh food expertise with Amazon’s online and logistics capabilities is compelling,” said David Potts, chief executive, Morrisons. “This is a low risk and capital light wholesale supply arrangement that demonstrates the opportunity we have to become a broader business. We look forward to working with Amazon to develop and grow this partnership over the coming months.”

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Design Awards Celebration at SPECS

BY Marianne Wilson

The Retail Design Institute will hold its 45th Annual Awards Gala & Fundraiser on March 12, 2016, at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, the night before the kickoff of Chain Store Age’s SPECS Conference.

The winners of the competition, including the Store of the Year, will be unveiled at the event, which will also showcase the latest trends in materials, signage, fixturing and in-store technology.

Join industry peers and the award winners at 6:00 p.m. for cocktails, awards, dinner and networking at the Anatole's Chantilly Ballroom.

Tickets for the event, a fundraiser benefiting the Student Design Competition PriceFund, are on sale now. Click here.

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