REAL ESTATE

Whole Foods to anchor 186-acre mixed-use CityLine development

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Richardson, Texas — Commercial real estate development and investment firm KDC announced that Regency Centers will build a 40,000-sq.-ft. store for Whole Foods Market in its CityLine Market development at KDC’s 186-acre mixed-use CityLine project in Richardson, Texas.

“We are excited to have Whole Foods Market as our grocer and enthusiastic about how this offering will enhance the CityLine experience for its residents, office workers and visitors,” said KDC’s Walt Mountford. “Whole Foods’ healthy offerings underscore what CityLine will be: a walkable and livable environment showcasing an ease of lifestyle with parks and trails situated amid businesses, residents and entertainment.”

Whole Foods Market will anchor the initial 81,000-sq.-ft. phase of Regency Centers’ CityLine Market, a retail center located on 11.3 acres at the intersection of Renner Road and Plano Road.

Whole Foods at CityLine is slated to open in spring 2016. “We were attracted to the vibrancy of the urban environment of CityLine, literally on the border of Richardson and Plano,” said Mark Dixon, Southwest Regional President of Whole Foods Market. “The green spaces and parks round out the project for a more tranquil feel within such a busy intersection.”

CityLine features dense urban development with easy access to office, residential, retail, entertainment and parks. The $600 million, 2.3 million-sq.-ft. initial phase of CityLine construction is slated for completion in late 2015. It includes hotel, apartments, a wellness and fitness facility, medical office building and a 3.5-acre park with trails.

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11 keys to Michaels success

BY CSA STAFF

Polygroup Limited, Chartpak and Tru Vue were among the trading partners and service providers recognized by The Michaels Companies as Partners of the Year.

The arts and crafts retailers held a gala event in Dallas on August 7 and singled out 11 companies who demonstrated a commitment to surpassing expectations and continually providing excellence in service, quality and innovation.

“Michaels’ success is due in large part to our collaboration with our outstanding partners and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their dedication to the brand and in helping us provide customers quality products that inspire creativity every day,” said Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin.

Polygroup Limited was recognized by Philo Pappas, EVP of merchandising as Michaels’ overall vendor of the year for product innovation, customer education and inspiration, quality products, and efficiency in supply chain. Jim King, vp and general manager of Michaels Aaron Brothers stores awarded Chartpak overall vendor of the year for its contribution to the growth of Aaron Brothers’ art department. Mike Cairnes, president of Artistree, the frame and moulding manufacturing operation for Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores, named Tru Vue as the company’s custom framing vendor of the year.

Other aware recipients included Rainbow Loom manufacturer Choon’s Design and Coats & Clark for product of the year and Spinrite LP for private brand growth. In the category of product line of the year, Michaels recognized Pepperell Braiding Company, Plaid Enterprises and Pinnacle Frames & Accents.

In the area of supply chain, Michaels’ EVP of supply chain Tom DeCaro honored Con-Way Truckload for domestic services and Kintetsu World Express for its international capabilities.

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Designer Victor de Souza to open pop-up in Harlem

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Faith Hope Consolo, chairman, and Joseph Aquino, executive VP, along with Arthur Maglio of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group are bringing fashion designer Victor de Souza to a pop up boutique at 2312 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. as he prepares for his New York Fashion Week debut on Sept. 3.

Concurrently, the Argentinean-American fashion designer, whose creations adorn the likes of Mary J. Blige, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Madonna and Alicia Keys, will introduce his work to the public throughout August and September at the boutique location on the Southwest corner of 136th Street.

"By choosing to open his first New York store here in the midst of Harlem Week, de Souza has demonstrated his commitment to an important re-emerging area with strong roots in fashion," said Consolo.

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