Taubman’s Michigan shopping centers designated ‘stormready’
Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — Taubman said that all four of its shopping centers in the state of Michigan — Fairlane Town Center, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, The Mall at Partridge Creek and Twelve Oaks Mall – have received StormReady designation from the National Weather Service, a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Earning the StormReady designation indicates that each center has done everything possible to improve emergency first responder and citizen preparedness in the event of a natural disaster. The program arms communities and facilities with improved communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before and during a hazardous weather event.
“Becoming StormReady is an important way of looking out for the safety of our shoppers,” says Dave Harris, VP, regional management/center operations for Taubman.
The Mall at Partridge Creek was the first shopping center in the country to receive StormReady designation, in 2009, and only the second facility in Michigan, after Detroit Metro Airport. The three other Taubman centers in Michigan recently received StormReady designation as well.
Walgreens opens Boston flagship
Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday will celebrate the official opening of its latest flagship, located at School and Washington streets in Boston. The store is located in an old Borders store.
“Walgreens is thrilled to provide a flagship location — unlike any traditional drug store — in the thriving and resilient Downtown Crossing neighborhood,” stated Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of operations and community management. “We are transforming into a retail health and daily living destination that offers our customers unique and exceptional experiences to help them get, stay and live well.”
In recognition of the work by first responders following the tragic events earlier this month in the Boston area, Walgreens is presenting donations during the May 1 grand-opening ceremony totaling more than $100,000 to the following local organizations: Boston Police Relief Association, Boston Fire Department Children’s Fund, Boston EMS Relief Association and One Fund Boson.
The new store will showcase the "Boston Moves Kiosk." For consumers who interact with the Boston Moves portal, Walgreens gives residents the opportunity to join the city’s health initiative to lose 1 million pounds and move 10 million miles. The kiosk also lets users enroll in Balance Rewards, Walgreens customer loyalty program.
The store’s expanded features also include an enhanced pharmacy designed to encourage greater interaction between pharmacists and patients. The pharmacy also features an “Ask Your Pharmacist” desk, consultation rooms and an Express Rx kiosk for convenient checkout.
A LOOK Boutique beauty department featuring many prestige and niche cosmetic, skincare and hair care brands not typically found in drug stores is nearby. The beauty section will also display a broad selection of Britain’s leading skincare brand, No7, created by Boots. Specially-trained beauty advisors are on hand to offer guidance finding the best solutions for individual needs.
Befitting a flagship store, Walgreens will provide a robust selection of beer, wine and spirits and quality products appropriate to celebrate special occasions. A Beverage Wizard kiosk provides food and beverage pairing recommendations. And an outdoor café that acts as an extension of the interior space will feature patio seating.
Golfsmith enters South Carolina
Columbia, S.C. — Golfsmith International is opening its first South Carolina store, in the state capital of Columbia, with a grand opening celebration on May 3 to May 5.
The 23,500-sq.-ft. store is part of Golfsmith’s aggressive growth strategy in the Carolinas. Adding to its current Raleigh location, the company recently expanded with new stores in Charlotte and Greensboro — with another new store opening in Myrtle Beach later this spring.
The Columbia store has four high-tech golf simulators and an expansive indoor putting green that enable customers to experience the latest equipment. The new location also features GolfTEC, a state-of-the-art in-store improvement center, with PGA teaching professionals and certified coaches to help golfers improve their games.
"Our new Columbia store is nestled between two iconic Southeast golf destinations — Myrtle Beach and Augusta — with some of the state’s most popular courses nearby. It’s a great location for establishing our presence in South Carolina," said Sue Gove, Golfsmith International president and CEO.