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Top real estate and store development exec leaves J.C. Penney

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Another Ron Johnson-appointee and former Apple executive has left J.C. Penney. Ben Fay, who was brought as EVP real estate, store design and development, has left the company, according to the Dallas Morning News. Returning to Penney in an advisory capacity is the chain’s former senior VP of property development, Tom Clerkin, who took early retirement from the company last year, the report said.

Fay, who served as senior director of retail real estate, design and development at Apple, joined Penney in spring 2012. At the time, then-CEO Johnson stated: "Ben is an incredibly creative professional with extraordinary leadership skills. Having worked with him over the last 12 years, I am delighted to see Ben step into this new role at jcp. His design influence has made the Apple stores highly regarded retail destinations around the world, and I am excited to have Ben place his own mark on jcp as we re-imagine the J.C. Penney store of the future."

In the weeks since Johnson left Penney, several of his key appointees — also former Apple execs — have left, including Dan Walker, chief talent officer, and Michael Kramer, COO.

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Swann’s Furniture & Design Store, Tyler, Texas

BY CSA STAFF

When Swann’s opened its 51,000-sq.-ft. freestanding flagship store in Tyler, Texas, it unveiled a new design that takes the 117-year-old furniture retailer and home design consultant to an even higher-end level.

Stamford, Conn.-based Martin Roberts Design completed the $4.4-million Swann’s store, with the objective of elevating both the retailer and its surroundings.

“We focused on increasing the store’s visibility in the community and ensuring the consistency of the shopping experience between the retailer’s new Web site and physical store,” said MRD president Martin Roberts.

Swann’s immediate need was to address the changed character of the neighborhood where the original store and warehouse were located. Over the decades, the area had transitioned to industrial use. It did not reflect the high-end attributes of Swann’s brand nor did it provide a high volume of prospective customer traffic on neighboring streets, which both negatively impacted the business.

The new, freestanding store is located in a high-traffic area of an affluent Tyler neighborhood. The expansive, elegant façade and signage increase the visibility and attract clients from as far as 100 miles away. The old store was converted into a self-storage facility.

In addition to the retail architecture consultant and interior designer Martin Roberts Design, the project team included general contractor Abby Developments and structural engineer Mike Marler, P.E./Engineering & Safety Consultants.


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K.Jones says:
May-17-2013 02:10 am

You won't regret for
You won't regret for converting it into a self storage facility. Business storage is on demand these days because of lots of home owners likes to de-clutter their houses. It’s a good money if you can manage it correctly. If it's your first time in the storage business and you don't have any idea about it, I would recommend you to visit the self storage in edmonton.

K.Jones says:
May-17-2013 02:10 am

You won't regret for converting it into a self storage facility. Business storage is on demand these days because of lots of home owners likes to de-clutter their houses. It’s a good money if you can manage it correctly. If it's your first time in the storage business and you don't have any idea about it, I would recommend you to visit the self storage in edmonton.

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Family Dollar improves visibility with real estate solution

BY CSA STAFF

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar is utilizing TAS Unity, a browser-based enterprise market knowledge system designed to aid retail real estate management from Trade Area Systems.

Since deployment in September 2012, Family Dollar has used TAS Unity across desktop, online and mobile platforms to improve visibility and collaboration for real estate decision-making. The solution specifically assists the chain in areas such as site evaluation, mapping and demographics, data viewing and editing, and capturing notes and photos for attachment to specific stores on the map retrieval system.

Family Dollar may extend use of TAS Unity to other areas of the company including marketing, pricing and store operations.

"We are currently in the process of creating a way to increase the knowledge of our preferred developers and brokers utilizing TAS,” said Brian Strickland, divisional VP of portfolio management at Family Dollar. “This was one of those developments we didn’t see coming; the users are finding tremendous value from the system and they want our real estate partners to have access to the same information.”

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