Walgreens to reopen remodeled Union Square flagship
New York — Walgreens announced the official grand re-opening of its newest 24/7 flagship store, located in Manhattan’s Union Square neighborhood. The store, which will open on Jan. 23, originally opened in 2001 and has now been renovated to feature Walgreens’ new “Well Experience” format.
The store’s expanded features include:
• An advanced printing and photo lab providing expanded printing capabilities that include a full photo lab processing 35mm film, posters, banners, photo books, folded cards and calendars – all available in one hour.
• Consumable offerings providing an fresh selection of professional chef-rolled sushi, sandwiches, wraps and ready-to-eat cut fruits and vegetables. Walgreens core food categories also include a wider range of frozen foods and entrees as well as expanded deli dairy items.
• A new checkout format for customers offering greater access to the main registers and arranged in a way that will guide customers through easily, making for an overall quicker checkout.
• Web pickup, which allows customers to access the entire store’s online item assortment and pickup purchases in-store. Once an order is picked, the customer will receive an email and/or text message notifying them that the order is ready for pickup.
• An expanded beauty and personal care section.
"Walgreens is thrilled to provide customers our newest New York flagship location — unlike any traditional drug store — in Manhattan’s historic Union Square," Skip Bourdo, Walgreens market VP, said. "This location has been transformed to become customers’ first choice for health and daily living, and we look forward to continuing to help the residents and visitors of the Union Square neighborhood get, stay and live well."
Simon Property Group mall taps new regional director
Sean Mayo, former director of strategic partnerships for Simon Business Ventures, part of Simon Property Group’s (SPG) marketing and business development arm, has been promoted to regional director of marketing, east region of The Mills portfolio.
“We are thrilled to promote Sean who will direct the marketing strategy at seven of our successful east coast properties,” VP of marketing Kelly Mikesell. “Along with a talented team of marketing professionals, he will help to strengthen our portfolio and further brand The Mills properties throughout the country as leading shopping destinations within their markets.”
In his new role, Mayo will focus his attention on retailer sales, promotions, public relations and advertising and tourism-related efforts. He will oversee all marketing related work for Arundel Mills (Baltimore, Md.), Concord Mills (Charlotte, N.C.), Franklin Mills (Philadelphia, Pa.), Gurnee Mills (Chicago, Ill.), Opry Mills (Nashville, Tenn.), Potomac Mills (Washington, D.C., area) and Sugarloaf Mills (Atlanta, Ga.).
Having been with SPG since 2011, Mayo has worked to identify and secure partnerships with leading national brands, recently launching an initiative with MasterCard. Mayo’s past experience includes marketing, event planning and business development for prominent retail and entertainment organizations across the nation, such as Brown Shoe Company, Bally Total Fitness, NBA Entertainment and the New York Yankees.
Mayo received a B.A. in English from the University of Delaware and an M.B.A in marketing from Drexel University. He will be based at Potomac Mills and travel regularly throughout the eastern region.
The Mills, one of Simon Property Group’s five real estate platforms, offers a mix of popular name brand outlets, value retailers and full-price stores, plus family-oriented dining and entertainment concepts.
Corner Bakery Café bullish on expansion
Dallas — Corner Bakery Café in 2013 signed 12 new area development agreements with franchisees, adding commitments for more than 120 new locations and raising the total to more than 300 cafes under development as the company moves forward on its goal to double its U.S. footprint in the next three years. Currently, Corner Bakery has more than 160 company-owned and franchised locations in 17 states and Washington, D.C.
"Last year was the most significant in Corner Bakery Cafe’s franchising history," said Gregg Koffler, VP of franchise sales. "We plan to continue to capitalize on this momentum and have set our sights to continue our franchise development success in 2014.”
Corner Bakery Café’s development signings last year included 16 new cafes in the greater New York City area, 21 in Boston, seven in Oklahoma, nine in San Diego, 14 in Tampa, 10 in Northeast Florida, 13 in Phoenix, 10 in Wisconsin, 21 in Baltimore, five in Idaho and eastern Washington state and 10 in Westchester and Suffolk counties in New York.
In addition, Corner Bakery Cafe celebrated the opening of three new locations inside the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, as the chain begins targeting non-traditional venues (NTV) as part of its overall national expansion strategy.
Looking ahead to 2014, the fast-casual brand is currently looking to expand to new markets in Alabama, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
"Based on the exceptional success we are experiencing with both existing and new restaurants, we are convinced that now is the time to be even more aggressive in our efforts to take Corner Bakery Cafe into new markets," Koffler added.
"We are coming off one of our most successful years in the company’s history. Twelve new development agreements representing more than 120 new cafes is a huge milestone for our brand," said Gary Price, Corner Bakery Cafe president. "Additionally, 2013 was a record-breaking year for the brand’s catering business, further solidifying our standing as a widely-recognized industry leader in catering services. All of this would not be possible without our new partnerships with experienced franchisees, new and continuing menu innovation and an increased focus on local catering efforts within our communities."