Simon files lawsuit against State of Indiana
Indianapolis — Shopping mall owner Simon Property Group said Friday it has filed a complaint against the State of Indiana in Marion County Circuit Court.
The suit is not for monetary damages but is a move to try and force the state to make Amazon.com collect sales tax in order to erase Amazon’s pricing advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers.
Until recently, Indiana has declined to press the issue with Amazon. Simon’s lawsuit, filed against the Indiana Department of Revenue, asks that the agency be ordered to "issue an assessment on Amazon for unpaid gross retail taxes and use taxes and all applicable interests and penalties."
According to a statement by Simon, its action is being filed to “benefit all of Indiana’s taxpayers and the state’s brick-and-mortar retailers,” many of which are SPG’s tenants at its 27 shopping centers in Indiana.
Coyote Management forms new marketing company
Addison, Texas — Coyote Management announced the formation of a new marketing solutions company called Coyote Creative.
With the addition of the new company, the mall owner and manager has expanded its services to include marketing solutions to individual companies, regional malls, lifestyle projects and open-air shopping centers.
The new company will be headed by Kymberley Scalia, corporate director of marketing, and Lindsey Willis, marketing coordinator.
Grossman Development names development exec
Boston — Grossman Development Group said Friday that Mark Hebert has joined the company as VP development.
Hebert was previously project development manager for WS Development. Prior to WS, Hebert spent nearly 10 years at BJ’s Wholesale Club, starting as a store planner and becoming a site development manager.