REAL ESTATE

Wegman’s breaks ground on 123,070-sq.-ft. store

BY Staff Writer

Rochester, N.Y. — Wegman’s Food Markets, said Thursday it has broken ground on a 123,070-sq.-ft. grocery supermarket in The Village at Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.

A lease has also been signed for Next Door Bar & Grill, a restaurant concept owned by Wegman’s Food Markets for 12,000 sq. ft. on an adjacent parcel in the mixed-use development.

The Village at Valley Forge is a mixed-use project that will include retail, residential, office, hospitality, entertainment, parking and cultural and civic elements on a 125-acre site.

The Village at Valley Forge is leased by Divaris Real Estate Inc., based in Virginia Beach, Va.

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FINANCE

NRF: ‘Extremely disappointed’ in swipe-fee regulations set

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Washington, D.C. — The National Retail Federation said Thursday that it is disappointed in the final debit card swipe-fee regulations set by the Federal Reserve.

Under the new rule, the current debit card swipe-fee rate of 1%-2% of each transaction will be replaced with a flat fee of not more than 21 cents per transaction for the nation’s largest banks — substantially higher than the flat fee of up to 12 cents the Fed originally proposed in December 2010.

“American consumers suffered a major loss today,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “We are extremely disappointed that the Federal Reserve chose to be influenced by special interests and ignored the will of Congress and American consumers. While the rate will provide modest relief, it does not go far enough.”

Shay added that the Fed did not follow through to the full extent of swipe fee reform, but that “we take some comfort in knowing that we were able to shine a light on these deceptive practices and bring some relief to merchants and their customers.”

Even though the new regulations set Thursday are a step forward for the industry, NRF has argued that debit-card transactions should be honored at or close to face value since debit cards function as plastic checks that draw from the same bank accounts as paper checks.

Thursday’s action comes three weeks after the Senate rejected an amendment that would have delayed swipe fee reform by at least a year and required the Fed to write regulations more in favor of the banks. The amendment was defeated after NRF launched a nationwide lobbying, grassroots and media campaign.

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OPERATIONS

Brand Athletics changes name to Lids Team Sports

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Tigard, Ore. — Regional sports dealer Brand Athletics said Thursday it will operate solely under the name Lids Team Sports, a division of Indianapolis-based Lids Sports Group. Lids acquired Brand Athletics in 2010.

The Lids Sports Group, operating within Genesco subsidiary Hat World, is comprised of the Lids retail headwear stores, the Lids Locker Room specialty fan retail chain, the Lids Clubhouse retail stores, the Lids Team Sports wholesale team sports business and its Internet businesses.

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