REAL ESTATE

Sears Outlet Stores expands Kansas City center

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hoffman Estates, Ill. – Sears Outlet Stores has leased a 354,000-sq.-ft. former Sears location in Kansas City, expanding outlet store operations and services and developing a new central distribution center for the South-Central region. This new repair and distribution center is expected to create nearly 160 new jobs to be filled by Kansas City locals.

In addition to the development of this new distribution center, Sears Outlet Stores has invested in updating and remodeling both its retail location and the building’s exterior. The retail space in this location has expanded more than 50%.

The retail store, which now has more than 27,000-sq.-ft. of retail selling space, has also expanded its assortment of merchandise, bringing in new categories like apparel and furniture. Sears expects to have the project complete by early this fall.

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Stage Stores taps Action Services Group for lighting, electrical maintenance

BY Dan Berthiaume

Aston, Pa. – Actions Services Group, a national lighting maintenance, sign maintenance and electrical services company, has signed an agreement with Stage Stores for interior lighting maintenance and electrical services for three of its retail brands. The three retail brands include Bealls, Goody’s and Peebles with store locations across the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The on-demand lighting services provided by Action Services Group include handling all interior lighting maintenance and electrical services. The services include a ballast replacement program involving the capturing of individual store lighting asset-data and inventorying of lighting components, via Action Services Group’s enterprise management system, ServicePoint Solutions. The ballast replacement program will eliminate store management’s time in supervising inventory as well as reduce return service trip-charges due to previous lack of store lighting-component inventory on hand at time of services.

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NRF says Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety makes progress

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. — The NRF says the members of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety have made tremendous progress in the past year, demonstrating their true commitment to safer working conditions in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry. In an official statement, NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said the group has made many achievements to improve the safety of Bangladeshi factory workers.

“The successful development of a strict and unified standard for structural, fire and electrical safety, the training of one million Bangladeshi factory workers and management on pertinent safety training programs, financial compensation for dislocated workers, and reinforced advocacy efforts before the Bangladeshi government are just a few of the Alliance’s achievements,” said Shay.

“While the group has made great strides, we know more needs to be done. Only through shared responsibility by all stakeholders, including industry, government, and labor will change be realized. We look forward to seeing continued progress in Bangladesh and providing the Alliance the support necessary to accomplish their goals.”

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