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Simon is planning a digital concierge network

BY Michael Fickes

Indianapolis, Ind. — Simon Property Group has begun a collaboration with elevate DIGITAL, a developer of interactive digital technology, to install digital concierge solutions in a number of Simon’s U.S. retail shopping centers.

The interactive digital displays will provide virtual way-finding to help shoppers navigate the mall and find deals, events and promotions, while acquiring relevant information on mobile devices. Shoppers can engage with the digital concierge app to sign up for news and updates, take and share photos, interact with advertising, download mobile apps, RSVP for events and much more.

The elevate DIGITAL concierge is now live at Simon’s Arundel Mills in Hanover, Md. Simon plans to implement this technology in 30 U.S. markets by the end of 2014.

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Bed Bath & Beyond opens in California, Md.

BY Michael Fickes

Bethesda, Md. — Bed Bath & Beyond has opened a new 23,400-sq.-ft. store at Wildwood Shopping Center in California, Md. This is the retailer’s 19th store in Maryland. J.C. Penney and Belk’s anchor the 289,000-sq.-ft. center. Sax Realty (www.saxrealty.com) represented Bed Bath & Beyond in the transaction. Scheer Partners represented the landlord.

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Corner Bakery Café plans first Wisconsin location

BY Michael Fickes

Chicago, Ill. — Corner Bakery Café will open its first Wisconsin location later this year at The Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa, Wis. The 4,000-sq.-ft. franchise location is near the center entrance at Burleigh Street and 114th Street.

Construction is slated to begin within the next few weeks. Neo Fourno Inc., the franchisee, plans to open 10 new cafes in Madison and Milwaukee over the next five years.

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