REAL ESTATE

Taubman offers free Web access to mall tenants

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. – Mall operator Taubman, through its preferred vendor, Single Digits, will offer free basic Internet access to all tenants in 20 of the regional and super regional malls it manages across the U.S. Beginning in the summer, a business-class T1 equivalent service will be offered free of charge to tenants leasing space in Taubman-owned and managed properties.

"We know that the best retailers are pursuing omni-channel customer engagement strategies," said Taubman CTO Michael Osment, "That requires fast, secure Internet access to execute both customer-facing programs and back-of-the-store operations."

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Office Depot launches combined Office Depot, OfficeMax ad

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boca Raton, Fla. – Office Depot and OfficeMax are now offering a single, combined insert in Sunday newspapers representing products and services being offered at both brands’ retail stores. The move marks the first advertisement where Office Depot and OfficeMax customers will see the two national brands together as one.

The insert also features tips on additional ways customers can shop via website, mobile app or via phone.

“Bringing together the latest products and services available at Office Depot and OfficeMax into one combined insert will help to position us as a strong, singular company with our customers,” said Tim Rea, executive VP marketing for Office Depot, Inc. “The move also reflects our approach in looking at each market holistically for both brands to better understand, engage and service our customers.”

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Dunkin’ Donuts seeks franchisees in Roanoke, Virginia

BY Dan Berthiaume

Canton, Mass. – Dunkin’ Donuts is recruiting franchisees in Roanoke, Virginia. This month, the retailer signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee Greg Nigro to develop 13 new restaurants throughout Richmond, Virginia.

"Dunkin’ Donuts is looking for qualified candidates with foodservice, operations and real estate experience to join our team and grow the brand in Roanoke," said Grant Benson, CFE, VP of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. "By joining our team, franchisees become part of a nationally established brand that has been in existence for over 60 years, has 95% brand recognition in the U.S., a multi-million dollar national advertising fund, world-class training and ongoing support, among many other benefits."

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